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10 + 10 = 20? A Pair of Triumph 10 Sedans


Thanks to frequent contributor Olaf E, who sent us these two great small 1958 Triumph sedan finds. Olaf tells us “The Standard Ten was made between 1954 and 1960, assembled in UK, Australia and India, total production was 172,500″ and that it’s something different from the usual Spitfires and TR’s. The Triumph 10, as covered previously in Barn Finds, was a Standard 10 sedan (Standard-Triumph was a single company) with different badging and minor differences for North America. The one on the left is a California car that’s been the recipient of some Spitfire components, including wire wheels and an engine from a Mk.III or IV with substantially more power than the original (you can see the cylinder head casting number in one of the shots). The wire wheels are probably from a Mk. III Spitfire as well, as the 10 never had them from the factory. It’s for sale here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $2,550 but offers being accepted. The seller has had it for 12 years in storage, and it looks pretty solid with a few rust spots that need attention. If you want a more challenging project, the car on the right spent 30 years on top of another car in a junkyard (and judging from the roof dents, had something large on top of it as well). It’s located in Bryant, Iowa and is for sale here on craigslist for $500. This one’s been on and off craigslist for a while; the last time I was in Moline I tried to find the time to detour over to see it but couldn’t make it. I think the Iowa car is probably a parts car, but it does have a lot of original components, including the engine and Solex carburetor. If you wanted to return the California car to original specifications, you could do a lot worse than purchasing the Iowa car as well, assuming you didn’t mind towing it home. Or would you like the challenge of re-creating a lot of sheetmetal? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Avatar photo David Member

    The first one is not far from me if anyone would like me to have a coser look for them.

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  2. Avatar photo Mike Young

    Had a black one here in SF,CA in about ’69. Had a lot fun with it on Golden Gate park trails.Plowed it into a telephone pole on a rainy night. Then pulled motor and installed it into a Triumph Herald. TR-10 and early Herald were 998cc…. Gearbox in Std10 was a granny type (non-sychro) 1st gear. Had a big long,curved shifter with a nice,Bakelite Knob! We called it: “The Rat”! ….good times.

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    • Avatar photo Jamie Staff

      Sounds like fun, Mike! Someone has re-engined the nicer of the two cars here with a Spit 1296cc engine based on casting numbers and the single carb. so it would be even quicker. I think, but not sure without checking, that those early engines were 948cc? I have a friend that is putting a 10 gearbox in his Fairthorpe Electron that he’s restoring–clutch has been problematic so far.

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  3. Avatar photo mike young

    Oh yeah…you’re right (but over 40 years working on Japanese cars..forgot the details!)
    …. Thx… . it’s a good thing I didn’t have a 1200. It might have been too much power for me back then! :)

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