A popular vehicle that was made by Triumph Motor Company
in Coventry, England the Triumph Gloria
was produced from 1933 until 1938. The Triumph Gloria
was available in a very large and quite confusing range of Triumph Gloria
, tourers, coupes
, drophead coupes
, 2-seater sports vehicle and golfer's coupes.
A short chassis sports vehicle, the Triumph Gloria Southern Cross
which was also a 'SX
' was available in a variety of tourer
bodies that were equipped with either four or six-cylinder engine. Quite a modern vehicle mechanically, the Triumph Gloria SX
featured Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes, Luvax adjustable shocks that could be adjusted via a knob between the seats, and a 12 volt electrical system. Power was found from the Climax 4-cylinder engine which was now upgraded to 1232 cc alternatively. In 1935 only a 6 cylinder 1476 cc engine was available too.
Classic Triumph Cars
All of these Triumph Gloria
models, except for the final two models; 1.5 liter Saloon and Fourteen Six-Light Saloon, were powered by 1087 or 1232 cc four cylinder or 1467 or 1991 cc six cylinder Coventry Climax overhead inlet and side exhaust valve designed engines. Two different length chassis were available for the Triumph Gloria
, with an additional 8 inches ahead of the passenger compartment depending on whether the four or six cylinder engine was fitted. The chassis also had conventional non-independent suspension with semi elliptic leaf springs. The brakes inside the Triumph Gloria
were hydraulically operated by utilizing the Lockheed system large 12 inch drums. Allowing for 'clutchless' gear changing, a four-speed transmission was fitted with an optional free wheel mechanism. On the final Fourteen and 1.5 liter models were fitted with synchromesh.
From 1934 until 1936 the Triumph Gloria
range expanded to include Triumph Gloria Vitesse
models which were up-rated with twin carb engine and equipment, versions of the standard Triumph Gloria
but with slightly different bodywork in the case of a few saloons. In 2008, Lansdowne Models introduced a die-cast model of the 1935/6 Triumph Gloria Vitesse Sports Saloon
The 4-cylinder engine could be ordered with the 'Vitesse
' option which meant polished ports, a sharper cam, and double SU carbs. Top speed was set around 120 kph for the 4-cylinder and around 130 kph for the 6-cylinder model. The Triumph Gloria SX
was entered again into the Monte Carlo rally
in 1936 and achieved second place in the light cars
class. In the ladies cup, another Triumph Gloria SX
took third place.
The Triumph Gloria Southern Cross
was extremely effective in achieving the popularity of the later Triumph roadsters
based on its pre-war success in competition.