Triumph (Triumph Motor Company) manufactured cars and motorcycles from 1885 to 1984. At present the rights for the brand belong to BMW. The brand had its beginnings in bicycle sell and trade before it transitioned to motorcycle production in 1902, and finally car building in 1919. The first vehicle, Triumph 10/20 (10 horsepower and 20 brake horsepower), was the largest of so called light cars (parallel to modern subcompact cars), at the time of creation, with the wheelbase reaching 2,592mm (102 in).
In 1930 the policy of the company changed for it was becoming more difficult to compete with other mass produced vehicles. Therefore, a focus shifted to luxury cars and successional models, Southern Cross and Gloria.
The company experienced the severity of the II World War, but once the War ended, the production under new leadership concentrated on building a competing vehicle to Jaguar, Triumph was also catering engines to. This was the beginning of Triumph’s TR series of sports cars.
When the Triumph brand disappeared from the market, the cars were continued by another automobile brand for an instant. Honda had renamed and produced Triumph Acclaim under a new name, Ballade, later Civic, until Rover 200 replaced it.
Triumph’s cars were popular with pop icons. John Lennon owned Triumph Herald Convertible (a small two-door family car), and French rock n roll precursor, Johnny Hallyday, had a Triumph TR3, a sports car present not only in numerous international rallies but also movies, for instance, 007 Series: Dr. No (1962), “Thunderball” (1965), and “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971) starring Sean Connery. No extra recommendation needed if James Bond drives the car.
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