In the Thirties - which enjoyed a great era of motor sports
just before World War II - Triumph cars
introduced half a dozen different models called 'Triumph cars Gloria Southern Cross
', between 1932 and 1935.
The name was in tribute to Triumph
's success in the Australia and New Zealand export markets, where they had been winning trials since 1929 and where their 'stars' were certainly favorable.
Classic Triumph Cars
The best remembered Southern Cross
is the 1934-1935 series which was offered as a two-seater sports car
, which either 4-cylinder single carburetor or with the 6-cylinder twin carburetor engine (2-liter) option. The latter produced 100 bhp and in street trim could do 90 mph.
This particular car
was taken to the USA by Rover Triumph Cars
in 1973 to celebrate Triumph
's 50 years. It was shown in the New York Auto Show at which it was much photographed along with Donald Healey
and it was also shown at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. The Southern Cross
was popular for rallying and competition work in the thirties and the earlier model did especially well in the 1934/35 Monte Carlo
and Alpine Rallies.
Classic Triumph Cars
On display at the NY Auto Show was the 4-cylinder version, complete with Rudge-Whitworth 'knock-off' wire wheels. Although somewhat 'boxy' in appearance, the Four was a very useful Triumph cars
in the long distance reliability trials such as the London to Lands End and the London to Edinburgh. Two spare wheels were provided for 'competition' tires (equivalent to modern snow tires) used on the cross-country, trials hill routes and are mounted behind the exposed fuel tank. Other equipment includes fold-down windshield with aero screens, and large diameter speedometer with rev. counter.
The four-cylinder engine with overhead inlet and side exhaust valves, has a capacity of 75.15 cubic-inches 92.59 by 3.45 in bore/stroke), driving the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox, with freewheel.
The Triumph Gloria Southern Cross roadster
was quite a hit at the New York International Automobile Show. Fresh from a display at the Henry Ford Museum
in Detroit, it arrived at the New York Coliseum just in time for photos with Patrick McNee
, famous for his role in 'The Avengers' on TV and now starring on Broadway in 'Sleuth.'
The designer of the Triumph cars
was also on hand at the NY Auto Show. His name was Donald Healey
. In the mid-1930s, Healey was Development Engineer for the Triumph Motor Company
and designed and competed in the firm's famous rally cars