1930 Triumph Super Seven 2/4 Seater Tourer
father, Fred, was
a foreman automobile electrician in a garage in West
and had been a motor mechanic in the RAF
war. We lived in Addington, Surrey and possessed 20 year old cars
at a time
the well-off could afford a new one and there were very few cars on the
roads. This 1931 Triumph
Super Seven (which we always called a Triumph 8) was owned by my father
short while in about 1951. There was a bench seat in the front for my
and a dickey seat where I and my sister rode - I was 10 years old and
3, no seatbelts in those days and we were completely out in the open
a rug over us, watching the road through the celluloid rear screen.
were well built strong cars, this was proved when my father, driving
work in winter down a long open main road hill, lost control on black
spun round several times eventually crashing backwards into a large
lamp post on the other side of the road then bouncing off and landing
yards away. The lamp post was demolished
but the Triumph only suffered a dent in its spare wheel!
Although the engine was designed by
H.R.Ricardo it did not have a good reputation and would run big-end
bearings. On one occasion my father was returning at night from a
trip when a big-end failed. He stopped at a wayside garage and
their hoist he removed the sump and pulled out the offending con-rod
piston, taped up the oil hole in the crank pin, replaced the sump,
with oil and drove home! It ran a bit rough and he drove slowly,
other cars past with the con-rod and piston, but it got him home.
journeys in the Triumph that I can remember were in the dickey and
at night in the
winter, huddled up against the rear screen to keep the rain off.
Eventually our tourer was replaced by a more
practical saloon version about which I can remember very little.
picture was taken
at Limpsfield Chart near Westerham, Kent.
- 4 cyl. 800cc. Ricardo design.
- Bore and Stroke - 56.5mm x 83mm.
- One of the first cars to have hydraulic brakes.