Rare Courier Find In UK Heads To Auction

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The Triumph Courier was a small commercial delivery vehicle based on the Triumph Herald. Very few were produced from 1962 to 1966, and even fewer have survived the years since then, so thanks to reader Ricky M. for finding this one and sending it our way. It’s up for auction November 5 at Anglia Car Auctions, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, UK and you can read more about it here.

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The auction preview listing states this may be the oldest example around–it certainly seems to be in nice shape, although a discussion on the Herald International Facebook page indicates that it isn’t completely original, with comments focusing on the side panels replacing the normal Estate’s windows. I love the color, paint and general appearance, though.

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The hatch door is huge with a low liftover height considering the size of the vehicle. I would think the two handles would be a pain when loading it, though.

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Once you got it open, there’s a good amount of usable space. I don’t think the Courier originally had a rear seat though, so I’m guessing this one has had parts of the interior from a Herald Estate (station wagon) fitted. I still like it, even if it isn’t original.

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I’m pretty sure those front seats aren’t original either, nor the neat looking steering wheel. Neither would keep me from enthusiastically owning and driving it, though! I would turn the emblem in the center of the wheel right side up, though.

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Here’s the 1147 cc engine, or at least that’s what was in there originally, and I think this one still is. However, I’d be very surprised if it came with the twin SU’s; I suspect there was a single Solex carburetor when it left Coventry. However, having made the same modification to our own Herald 1200, I can hardly fault a previous owner for adding a little more oomph. I’ll be interested in seeing what this one goes for!

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Comments

  1. rusty

    They are a good looking van. Unfortunately we never got them in Oz.

    being both a Vanner and a Herald owner it’s the best of both worlds to me.

  2. Scotty Staff

    I would love to have this! Nice find, Jamie!

  3. ClassicCarFan

    Random Triumph enthusiast trivia …..
    The “Triumph Sports Six Club” (based in the UK) which was founded to support the Herald, Vitesse, Spitfire, GT6 family, Bond Equipe and “Specials” has a club magazine called “The Courier” ! in honor of this rare little van.

  4. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    damn sexy there…..

  5. Andrew S Mace Member

    Interesting to be sure, but it’s just too modified to be of interest to an “originality freak” like me, particularly the roof. At least it has the correct lettering on the liftgate. IF it is a true Courier (verified by commission number), it could be put right with enough work. And, in fairness, some of the modifications seen were available from the factory (twin-carb kit) or through period aftermarket suppliers in the UK (rear seat kit). Of course, I don’t have the cash, so it’s a moot point for me. ;)

  6. Jubjub

    Still cool x 100. Probably the nicest looking panel delivery I’ve ever seen.

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