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Lot 065: Triumph Super Seven

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

A late starter by British motorcar industry standards, Triumph did not build its first car until 1923 but was well known for bicycles and motorbikes before that. To begin with the firm concentrated on light cars but by the late-1930s had branched out into a range of ever bigger and more flamboyant sporting models which ultimately bankrupted the company and saw it taken over by Standard in the early 1940s.

The Super Seven was launched in 1927 to compete with the Austin Seven and immediately proved a great success, selling well both at home and overseas. Rated at 7hp, it was powered by an 832cc sidevalve engine with a three-bearing crankshaft mated to a three-speed gearbox and could cruise at 50mph. It was among the first production cars to be fitted with hydraulic brakes and had a tough worm-drive axle and a handbrake which worked on the transmission. It was available in saloon, 2-seater coupe and 2- and 4-seater touring versions. A supercharged model with a smaller 747cc engine was also available from 1929-30 which could hit 80mph. Some 17,00 were sold in total before production came to an end in 1932.

First registered in September 1928, this lovely 4-seat tourer appears to be in excellent condition throughout and has clearly been well restored at some point in the past with a nicely retrimmed interior. According to the V5 it has had just one owner since 1968 and has just been fitted with four new tyres and a new battery. Said to run and drive well, it certainly fired up promptly and ran very sweetly on the occasion of our visit to take these pictures. It comes with a hood and sidescreens, all in good condition, plus an original buff log book, a large service manual and a copy of an original instruction manual.

So much rarer than an Austin Seven and about half the price of a comparable Chummy, this smart little tourer looks excellent value at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number065
Estimate£7750-£8750
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7200
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1928
Condition rating0
Registration numberUO 8074
Mileage-
Chassis number5904
Engine number5736
Engine capacity (cc)5904
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2