Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Sleek Icon for Classic Car Fans

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Sleek Icon for Classic Car Fans

Article excerpt

Some time ago I featured the Triumph Mayflower, a little luxury gem of a car that featured classic razor-edge styling and was one of the best lookers of its day.

But the Mayflower, also known as the watch-charm Rolls, had a big sister which was even more gorgeous. For anyone who loves the traditional thinking on car styling, the Triumph Renown is an icon.

Renown was produced by the Triumph company in the late 1940s and represented the last expression of the pure classic school of styling in the driveways of middle-class Britain.

The company's other arm, Standard, was banking on the success of the Vanguard, a modern jelly-mould of a car which paved the way ahead.

In fact, the Renown shared many parts with the Vanguard, including modified frame and suspension units and column gear-change.

A slightly longer Renown Mk II came in 1952 and featured Vanguard instruments and a new wood fascia panel.

By 1954 these regal saloon models had served their purpose and were quietly discontinued from the Triumph model range. …

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