Sir, I would like to offer a few words in defence of the Triumph Herald which, I hope, will offset some of the severest criticisms I have ever seen concerning a new model. My own experiences are concerned with what is virtually the saloon body on the coupe chassis, the only addition being Michelin X ” tyres. My impressions are as follows :
An engine which, when started, is inaudible from the interior of the car, and with an extreme degree of mechanical silence when heard from the outside.
A Seating position which is difficult to better, with all controls nicely to hand, and satisfaction that the left foot is reserved solely for the operation of a very light and smooth clutch, and not expected to play organ stops With a dip-switch as well.
Under way the steering is light and positive, with only a slight amount of kick-back normally associated with rack-and-pinion steering. The steering characteristics are neutral with rear-end breakaway when pushed to the limit. I also found that the road-holding on wet roads was nearly as good as it was on dry.
At speeds up to an indicated 85 the car remains extremely quiet -and normal conversat ion can be maintained At all times. This silence is probably helped by the absence of -a propeller-shaft leaning up and down.
In general, the interior finish is very good, with the exception of that revolting little light in the middle of the dashboard, but the thick pile carpets are excellent, having the unexpected virtue of being able to soak up water. A leaf has been taken, out of the aircraft manufacturers’ book in the use of sound-absorbeut material used in the car, which effectively keeps out all road noises that do manage to get through to the separate body.
One serious fault was that the commendable wheel lock allowed the wheels to nib on the hydraulic brake pipes; this was rectified hninediately by the local agents.
In general, for a small car with engine capacity of just under one litre, I think that the Herald offers exceptional qualities. I would like to add that my enthusiasm extends to the excellence of your magazine, which is unequalled value for money. I am, Yours, etc.,
Bishopstone. B. MAYER. * *