1885 - 1984

Triumph

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The Triumph Motor Company, a symbol of British automotive heritage, was founded in 1885 by Siegfried Bettmann, originally as a bicycle company in London. It wasn’t until 1923 that Triumph ventured into automobile manufacturing with the model 10/20, marking the brand’s ambitious entry into the car market. Throughout its history, Triumph carved out a reputation for stylish, robust vehicles that embodied British engineering and design.

Post-World War II, the company, under new ownership by the Standard Motor Company, began producing the Triumph Roadster, which showcased the resilient and innovative spirit of the era by using surplus aircraft aluminum for its body due to post-war steel shortages. This era also saw the launch of the Triumph TR series, beginning with the TR2 in 1953, which became emblematic of Triumph’s sporting pedigree.

However, Triumph’s story is also one of challenges. It struggled through financial difficulties and ownership changes, eventually becoming part of the British Leyland conglomerate. The last car to bear the Triumph name was the Acclaim, introduced in 1981, a collaboration with Honda that marked the end of Triumph as an independent marque. By 1984, the Triumph name was retired, though it left behind a legacy cherished by automotive enthusiasts.

Today, the Triumph marque is owned by BMW, and while the cars are no longer produced, the name continues to evoke a sense of nostalgia and admiration among classic car aficionados worldwide, a testament to its lasting impact on the automotive landscape​

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