Triumph Spitfire - 1965 Le Mans 24hrs (19th June 1965)
Spitfires at Le Mans (1965)
June 19th 1965 From the Standard Triumph archives Commentary by Raymond Baxter
This is a promotional film produced by the Standard Triumph Motor Company of Coventry, England. The film documents the 1965 24hr of Le Mans and the 4 Triumph Spitfire racing prototypes entered by the company.Triumph never identified their cars other than Spitfire racing prototypes with 1.1 litre inline 4 cylinder engines and aerodynamic hard tops.
Triumph TR4 (TRS) - 1961 Le Mans 24hrs (10th June 1961)
Triumph at Le Mans (1961)
June 10th 1961 From the Standard Triumph archives Commentary by Raymond Baxter
This is a promotional film produced by the Standard Triumph Motor Company of Coventry, England. The film documents the 1961 24hr of Le Mans and the 3 Triumph TR4S racing prototypes entered by the company. This was a follow up to a similar but less than successful effort by the company the previous year, which was also documented on film.
The Triumph Motor Company was a British car and motor manufacturing company. The Triumph marque (trade-name) is owned currently by BMW. The marque had its origins in 1885 when Siegfried Bettmann (1863--1951) of Nuremberg initiated S. Bettmann & Co and started importing bicycles from Europe and selling them with his own trade-name in London. The trade-name became "Triumph" the year next, and in 1887 Bettmann was joined by a partner, Moritz (Maurice) Schulte, also from Germany. Beginning in 1889 the businessmen started producing their own bicycles in Coventry, England.
In November 1944 what was left of the Triumph Motor Company and the Triumph trade-name were bought by the Standard Motor Company and a subsidiary "Triumph Motor Company (1945) Limited" was formed with production transferred to Standard's factory at Canley, on the outskirts of Coventry.
The pre-war Triumph models were not revived and in 1946 a new range of Triumphs was announced, starting with the Triumph Roadster. The Roadster had an aluminium body because steel was in short supply and surplus aluminium from aircraft production was plentiful.
In the early 1950s it was decided to use the Triumph name for sporting cars and the Standard name for saloons and in 1953 the Triumph TR2 was initiated, the first of a series that would be produced until 1981.
Triumph Factory, Canley 1965
Exterior of Canley factory and gates. Inside the factory we see production lines including a Triumph Herald on a test rolling road. Second section shows bodies for Herald and Triumph Spitfire cars being transported inside the factory on roller convey lines.
Wheeler Dealers Triumph Spitfire 1500 Part 1/5
" Hey! Look at this. Well done [unk]."
" As you can see, I delicately squeezed myself out of the car. Ed! Look what I've bought. I bought a spitfire."
" It's the Tomy toys of smallest cars. This is the beginner's sports car. If anyone can work on it, you can, sunshine. I would reckon."
" Well, it's pretty cool, but I am worried a little bit 'cause they're quite renowned for rust. What tends to happen is they rust away and then you saw a fracture and they've fallen off. So,"
" Don't you think I've done my checks, Edward?"
" Have you looked"