Its probably been done before but as I have access to the original Triumph Experimental build lists I thought I would list the Heralds included in that register.
Most, but not all experimental Triumphs have a 'X' prefix to their chassis number. The earliest cars in the register start in the X400 range and date to the late 1940s. The numbers progress in a numerical sequence (funnily enough!) through to the X900s in the early 1980s.
Prototype Heralds were code named as Zobo prior to officially being named as Herald. In the lists they appear initially as Zobo, and later as Herald.
So first I'll simply list the bare bones of the information from the register, and later I'll fill in any later information, or pictures that exist.
|Commission Number||Registration||Build Date||Remarks|
|X596||n/a||1957||Rear axle only (ratio to be determined)|
|X597||VRW 589||1957||No2 Pressed Steel Frame|
|X608||VRW 582||1957||Italian Built Body Australia|
|X611||VKV 75||1957||Saloon Italian Built Body|
|X619||WVC 934||1958||Saloon 4th prototype LHS|
|X625||WRW 405||1958||Coupe Sebring/Alpine Mauve|
|X630||WKV 962||1959||Coupe 1st production built|
|X631||1659 HP||1959||Estate Italian Built Body|
|X632||4424 HP||1959||Convertible Italian Built Body|
|X633||XWK 801||1959||Van Italian Built Body|
|X634||XHP 928||1959||Coupe Publicity appentice built|
|X638||n/a||1959||Coupe Chassis Cancelled not built|
|X639||YVC 624||1959||Coupe LHS Production Built|
|X640||n/a||1959||Coupe RHS Production Built|
|X641||XKV 864||1959||Convertible Experimental built No2|
|X651||4421 HP||1959||Estate 1st prototype S.M.Co built RHS|
|X652||4422 HP||1959||Estate 2nd prototype S.M.Co built LHS|
|X661||n/a||1960||Herald 'Special' short wheel base|
|X663||8278 VC||1960||Herald 'Star' chassis Coupe/Vit|
|X674||1961||948 Scrapped A J Lee|
|X682||CVC 216C||1961||Estate 1200cc|
|X686||PDU 460G||1962||Herald frame 4 coil spring Estate loan to Girling|
|X689||FVC 285D||1962||1300cc White Body For Pave Test|
|X695||XKV 865||1962||Converted to pick up, 6 cyl engine|
|X696||5099 HP||1962||4 door|
|X705||n/a||1962||Saloon MK2 Estate tank|
|X706||n/a||1962||MKI Heavy Duty Frame For India|
|X712||1962||Chassis has MKI suspension front, 15cwt at rear|
|X714||6204 VC||1963||Production 1200 converted to 12/50|
|X764||JVC 506E||1967||13/60 Saloon 1st prototype|
|X765||JVC 507E||1967||13/60 Convertible 1st prototype|
|X766||n/a||1967||13/60 Estate 1st prototype|
|X781||n/a||5.9.1968||Puerto Rico Herald 1st proto|
That is the Herald list transcribed from the factory prototype lists verbatim except for half or dozen or so additions to registrations that have come to light during research in the Coventry area registration logs held by the transport museum (thanks to Derek Graham).
Experimental Heralds in Pictures
Work in progress, more to follow...............