A world record was achieved by H&H Classics for this charming Triumph Herald 13/60 convertible at their latest Duxford sale. It may sound expensive for a Herald Convertible but it is cheap given the calibre of
the refurbishment say H&H. It made £4,000 more than the previous record.
Damian Jones, Sales Director at H&H comments: “This Triumph Herald was restored to a standard rarely seen on sub-£100,000 cars. If the restorer, who was a retired body shop proprietor, had cost his time then it would have made no sense financially. The result was the best Triumph Herald (Saloon, Coupe or Convertible) we have seen and was valued by the market accordingly.”
Supplied new to W. Wild Esq and retained by him for thirty-one years (original HP agreement on file), it was treated to an exceptional, ground-up, photographically documented restoration by its third keeper.
Notable as the last iteration of the Triumph Herald, the 13/60 was launched in October 1967. Some twenty-five percent more powerful than its 1200 predecessor, the newcomer was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 17.7 seconds and 84mph. Available in Saloon, Estate or Convertible guises, the 13/60 featured all-around independent suspension, disc/drum brakes and rack and pinion steering plus revised frontal styling, a new dashboard and more comfortable seating. Phased out in May 1971, just 16,091 Convertibles were made with survivors being comparatively few and far between.
According to its accompanying original hire purchase agreement this truly remarkable Triumph Herald 13/60 Convertible was purchased new by Wilfred Wild of Guildford, Surrey on August 2nd, 1969. Aged 53 at the time Mr Wild kept the four-seater for thirty-one years with his successor, Mrs Phyllis Blakes, retaining possession until 2018. Thereafter, ‘LKX 769H’ passed to Arnold Wragg who treated it to an outstanding, body off, chassis up restoration.
In fine fettle before its meticulous refurbishment, the 13/60 Convertible now looks far newer than even the 46,400 warranted miles shown on its odometer would suggest. To standard specification throughout except for its upgraded wood veneers, the four-seater started readily and ran well during our recent photography session. Despite being almost too good to use, it is a practical four-seater Classic and a true testament to Mr Wragg’s skills.
It was offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, original handbook, tailored indoor cover, die-cast model, Servicing Schedules booklet, old MOT certificates back to 1993 at 42,745 miles and numerous bills/invoices.
Our next auction of classic and collector cars will take place on Wednesday 27th of July at Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.