Classic Car Catalogue
Super Seven - discontinued
Southern Cross - nowy model
Super Nine (1087 cm³, 30 KM) - nowy model
Motor SportOctober 1931Models for 1932
As has already been announced the Triumph programme for 1932 will consist of three types—the Super Seven, the Super Nine, and the "Scorpion" six-cylinder models. All three will be available with an attractive range of bodywork of both the open and closed variety, and the equipment will be very complete.
The little sports 7 h.p. is continued in an improved form, and extra refinements have been added to the chassis and body which makes it one of the most attractive miniature sporting cars on the road. The engine, as before, is of 7.9 h.p. with side valves and a three-bearing crankshaft. The bore and stroke dimensions are 56.5 mm. and 83 mm. (capacity 832.34 c.c.). The lubrication system has been very thoroughly worked out, and this no doubt accounts for the fact that the motor will stand any amount of high revs, without trouble. The engine is mounted on four " Silentbloc " bushes to damp out any vibration, and " Silentbloc " bushes are also incorporated in the suspension. Transmission is via a single plate clutch and a three-speed gearbox to an underslung worm-drive back axle. Lockheed hydraulic brakes, which have always been a Triumph feature are retained. The price of this model is £147 10s. Prices of the other models are :— "Super Seven" 2-seater £140, tourer de luxe £140, coachbuilt saloon £150, 4-door saloon £150, and saloon de luxe £165. "Super Nine" 2-4-seater £175, four-door coachbuilt saloon £175, four-door coachbuilt saloon de luxe £185. "Scorpion" 2-4-seater de luxe £175, coachbuilt saloon £185, saloon de luxe £205.
Manufacturers' address : The Triumph Motor Co., Ltd., Coventry.
Triumph Super Seven Four-door Pillarless Saloon Mark II is an attractive small car with an 832-cc side-valve four-cylinder engine, developing 19.8 bhp at 3500 rpm and rated at 7.9 HP. Tyre size is 4.00-27, wheelbase 6 ft 9 in. It have a rear-mounted fuel tank with vacuum feed (front-mounted with gravity feed on Mark I).
Motor SportJune 1932
THE cry that was so often heard of late that the open car was dead has long since proved to be wrong. There will always be a number of drivers who hate being shut up in a "glass box" especially on a small car, and the very large number of open bodies of the "short 4-seater" type now on the road is proof enough of their popularity. The most recent example of this excellent type which we have tried is the 9 h.p. Triumph chassis fitted with a very neat and well finished 4-seater body, the ensemble being designated the "Southern Cross."
One of the most noticeable features of the design of this Triumph, and of all the range of Triumph cars for that matter, is the robust chassis and excellent detail arrangement, in which nothing is skimped because the car is small, and where the whole layout is a replica of the best large car practice.
The engine is a 4-cylinder with overhead inlet valves and side exhaust valves, and a 3-bearing crankshaft of extremely rigid design. The whole unit is rubber mounted, and the result is a smoothness of running which many six-cylinder jobs might envy; without doubt the crankshaft is the greatest factor in this very desirable result, and although it is not so cheap a method of building as a 2-bearing engine, it seems more than worth it. The 4-speed gearbox is in unit with the engine and has a central change lever, excellently positioned but rather "springy." On the car we tried the effect of this was rather accentuated as the selector springs were rather tight, making the change a little stiff when getting out of a gear. This would not be noticed so much when the car had seen more use, and could of course be easily altered. The transmission to the rear axle is by underslung worm drive, which gives the coach-builders a good opportunity of fitting low coachwork, and is completely silent.
Excellent features of the body are the sound weather-proofing arrangements, good finish, and comfort of the seating; the only criticism of the seats we could find was that the back of the driving seat was rather too much raked, which, although very pleasant for a short spell of quiet driving, does not give the same feeling of "having hold" of the car which a more vertical position provides, and is not so good for long runs. Again, this is a point which is easily altered to suit individual tastes.
The ample luggage locker behind the rear squab, the flat folding screen with twin electric wipers, the 8 gallon rear tank with reserve tap, and many other well thought out details lead to the conclusion that the only points over which everyone may not be in agreement are those which are easily modified without cost.
In a couple of hundred miles or so in this car we were chiefly impressed by the amazing sweetness and complete mechanical silence of the engine, and this, combined with a real "big car" feeling of rigidity and steadiness, are responsible for the very definite charm of this very pleasant motorcar.
That strength means a certain amount of weight is almost inevitable, even in the most scientific design, and actual acceleration can be improved at a sacrifice of this.
In this type of car such a policy would be wrong, as the owner would choose a "Southern Cross" as a car which is meant to last without appreciable wear, and what is more, to provide exceptionally pleasant travel meanwhile.
The average speeds possible with the car are greatly assisted by the effortless manner in which the power is given, and there is never any sign, at any speed, that the engine is not perfectly happy.
The maximum speed as tried was 64 m.p.h., which would probably increase when the car has covered a greater mileage, as it had not yet reached the stage when a car's performance is at its best. On second and third gear 30 m.p.h. and 40 m.p.h. can be reached, first gear not being normally required at all.
The road holding and cornering is very good, the suspension, controlled by Luvax shock absorbers, being an effective compromise between comfort at low speeds and steadiness when travelling fast. The steering has avoided the modem tendency for ultra low gearing, and gives very precise control as a result. Owing to the newness of the car the pins and mechanism were not yet run in, and the steering was not in consequence as sensitive as it will be, and the self centering was not, therefore, as definite as we should like. However, the chassis of a car takes almost more running in than the engine, and when fully settled down this steering should be really good. The Ashby " Brooklands " spring wheel, fitted to this car, is a great asset on long journeys, and certainly enhances the appearance.
The hydraulic 4-wheel brakes are smooth, progressive, and powerful, and stop the car in 60ft. from 40 m.p.h. while giving the driver that confidence which is so desirable.
The whole car is a thoroughly high class production which should strongly appeal to the motorist who wants a car really economical both in running and in upkeep under the hardest conditions.
Motor SportSeptember 1932THE TRIUMPH "SOUTHERN CROSS" FOR 1933.
NO new sports models are announced for 1933 by the Triumph Motor Company, Ltd., of Coventry, but attention has been concentrated on improving the equipment of their models so that everything the enthusiastic owner can possibly require is already fitted to the car when he takes delivery.
At the luncheon organised by the Triumph Company at Coventry on August 25th, for the introduction of their 1933 range we had the opportunity of examining the model which will interest MOTOR SPORT readers more than any other, the "Southern Cross" sports four seater.
The engine is a four cylinder, on the same lines as the Super Nine, but the bore has been increased slightly to 63 x 90
mm., giving acapacity of 1,122 c.c., and an annual tax of £10. The engine is rated at 9.8 h.p., and is a neat unit with push rod operated overhead inlet and side exhaust valves. The crankshaft runs in three bearings, and the engine is mounted on four rubber block bearers. A " self-starting " carburettor is supplied by an electric fuel pump from the rear tank, and coil and battery ignition is used.
A four speed gear box is fitted with a silent third.
Brakes, in accordance with the usual Triumph practice, are Lockheed hydraulic for the foot brake, while the hand lever operates on a drum in the transmission system.
The steering is full worm and wheel, and a single dry plate clutch is used.
The equipment of the "Southern Cross" is extraordinarily complete, and includes a central jacking system, one of those ideas which in our estimation will become universal in the near future. In keepinglwith the smart appearance of the car an Ashby " Brooklands " spring spoked steering wheel is fitted, and a speedometer and rev, counter each with a large dial.
Summing up, the 1933 Triumph "Southern Cross" is a most attractive sports car, being a really sturdy machine which should keep its tune for an unlimited time, and be ideal for anyone who wants a car capable of putting in a little trials work occasionally. The price is £225.
Morna Lloyd Vaughan and Charlotte Nash finished 6th and won Ladies Cup in class 2 in RMC.