As a regular reader I can make some comments on the letter about the Triumph Southern Cross.
In 1932 I worked for the Triumph agents in Southampton, Alec Bennett Ltd. I had to take a Southern Cross failure back to the makersat Stoke in Coventry, for repairs under guarantee.
It was a sandy coloured 2-seater tourer with black wings, spare wheel mounted on top of tail, Coventry Climax engine it or 12 h.p.
As is known most aluminium bodies crack somewhere in time. This one cracked where the spare wheel was bolted on and required a new panel.
I had what we called a “dust-up” in those days, with an Austin 12/6 saloon on the way and could not pass it. That will give you some idea of the lack of guts the thing had.
Some old cars are a joy for ever, but this is not one of them.
Hucclecote S. BASHAM
(retired mechanic after so years in trade)