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No Reserve: Triumph TR10?

'58 Triumph 4 dr

This is not officially a “TR10”, but on the commission plate you will see “Triumph. 10 HP”. Made you look! Listed here on eBay, and parked in Rio Linda, California is this Triumph with a high bid at the time of writing of just $406. There doesn’t appear to be a reserve set for this car. The Triumph manuals and spare part catalogs refer to this car simply as a Triumph Sedan. 

'58 Triumph 4 dr engine

The owner has had the car for 12 years and his plans have changed, so it is time to sell it. Then engine looks complete, but the seller doesn’t offer any information about it’s condition.

'58 Triumph 4 dr VIN

The owner says the car is pretty complete. Here is that 10 HP tag mentioned earlier. That’s not much power for a 4 door sedan, but as long as you aren’t in a hurry, it should work just fine!

'58 Triumph 4 dr back seat

There is a “little bit of rust” on the corners of the doors and trunk. Other images of these details are posted in the ad. There’s no mention as to whether the shovel is included with the car.

'58 Triumph 4 dr rear right

This Triumph Sedan is being sold as-is and with a Bill of Sale. The wire wheels do look nice. How great will they look when cleaned and polished? We don’t know it the engine spins or will start as it sits. It appears this car hasn’t hasn’t been on the road since 1985. Will you be the one to get this stalled project moving forward again?



  1. Robert A

    The ’10hp’ refers to a British tax rating formula based on piston area which is why many British cars of the era had long stroke motors, good for torque but not so good for horsepower. Actual developed horsepower was +/- 32 bhp IIRC.

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  2. rogerowen

    Looks like it’s had a few mods. Wire wheels – probably from a Spitfire. Single side draft Solex probably not original, I suspect the engine might be from Spit as well – which if it is makes it bigger than the original 1 litre job.

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  3. Go cart Mozart

    Looks like a candidate for a motor swap. Hayabusa anyone?

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  4. ClassicCarFan

    Weren’t these cars basically the “Standard 10” model, just badged as “Triumphs” for export? Same family of engines as the Spitfire. I agree that the carb/manifold doesn’t look original (I think it’s a Stromberg isn’t it?) I’d guess the car probably came with a single SU back in the day.

    Is that a tell-tale pile of mouse-nest on the right inner wing in the engine-bay shot? never a good sign.

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Yes, same car as a Standard 10. Engine is from a Spit Mk.III or IV with the carb from it (Stromberg CD150) based on the head casting number. Actually, the original engine would have had a single downdraft Solex, ala the first Heralds. We’ve had this car on Barn Finds before, but it’s always had a reserve.

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      • Andrew S Mace Member

        Jamie’s got it; that’s most likely a 1296 Spitfire engine, with a substantial boost in both horsepower and torque over the original 948 cc engine. Hopefully, it’s got a later gearbox (much better ratios for the larger engine) from the same donor…and, just as hopefully, the rear axle shafts have held up and will continue to do so. (They were known to break even with the 948s!)

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  5. dj

    I believe this car was already on here. And the discussion about it being transplanted with the Spitfire engine was brought up as well.

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  6. Carl W French

    Can’t answer if it was ever officially referred to as TR10 but it was definitely the Triumph 10. Not sure it is much of a stretch to call it a TR10. Anyone know what the ‘R’ stand for? Roadster? Andy Mace can answer better. Either way, it is a neat badge.

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  7. John Rayner

    This was always sold As the Standard 10, alongside the little brother, Standard 8 in the UK. One or two of these were converted into touring car racers, maybe that’s what they were going for… The plate under the chassis plate is for Fisholow, better known as fisher and Ludlow, who built fully trimmed bodies for Standard, Morris etc. at their factory in Castle Bromwch. The bodies would then be trucked to the factory to be fitted with the mechanicals. They were taken over by BMC in 1953. Standard was an independant company which acquired the Triumph name in 1939, and also built Ferguson tractors in Coventry.

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  8. Andrew S Mace Member

    I assume it was an almost “natural” nickname derived from the TR3 next to it in the showroom! I honestly have never known for certain about the “R”; “Roadster” certainly makes sense, though!

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