The story of Triumph begins with bicycle manufacture, then motorcycles. Modest cars only came along after the First World War. More interesting cars, with a sporting aspect, followed in the 1930s, under the influence of Donald Healey, but the company failed just as the Second World War broke out. After the War, Triumph was reinvented by Sir John Black, boss of Triumph's new owners Standard, to make razor-edge saloons and roadsters. When Black failed to buy Morgan, Triumph took on the sports car market, with great success, in the form of the TR series of sports cars. The TR2, TR3, TR3A, TR4, TR5, and TR6 always had a faithful following among sports car enthusiasts, and the 2000-2500 saloons were regarded by most drivers as superior to their competitors, the Rover P6 family. Triumph small saloons were also popular; the Herald was the last to have a separate chassis, shared with the Spitfire, which made it suitable for many kit cars. Through the combinations and takeovers which accompanied the shrinking of the British motor industry, Triumph seemed to fare better than some other marques, with the TR7-TR8 the last models to fly Triumph the sports car flag. But when the last Triumph car was made, it was just a rebadged Honda, a sad end for this classic marque.
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