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1963 Triumph Herald 1200 Saloon Police replica

1963 Triumph Herald 1200 Saloon in Classic Police Vehicles on Show, Documentary, 2002

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1963 Triumph Herald 1200 Saloon Police replica

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2008-03-27 02:27


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Said to be rare as a police car. From what is known (so far) is that there were only ever 8 Heralds used as police cars (the one above is one of six used by the Monmouth constabulary and that two were used by the Met at Catford police station) capable of 70 to 80mph.!

The enquiry is complete
The vehicle details for CFH 217B are:

Date of Liability 01 01 2009
Date of First Registration 01 06 1963
Year of Manufacture Not Available
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1147CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour BLUE
Vehicle Type Approval null

-- Last edit: 2008-03-27 02:36:53

dsl SX

2011-02-26 01:49


B plate should be 64 calendar year.

dsl SX

2016-10-29 01:24


CFH 217B has recently been modelled in 1:43 by Premium X (PRD323) - the blue is a bit dark, but otherwise a very likeable model.

Baube QC

2016-10-29 01:44


quite amazing to see that a specific vehicle got its own die-cast version...

dsl SX

2018-02-07 23:53


It depends - it's happening more often in the last few years as model makers research the possible liveries for accuracy and t'interweb becomes an easily used source of picture evidence. Maybe they even look at imcdb - why not??

I now know a lot more about this car. It is a 1963 1200 (as DVLA date info) which was restored by Les and June Wrighton in about 2000 as a replica of the 6 Monmouthshire panda Heralds, but was an ordinary civilian car with no police connection before the resto. Well-known example, with lots of show appearances and magazine features, and it sometimes wears GKV 17D show plates as discussed below.

The 6 Monmouthshire pandas were delivered in Sept 1966 to Monmouthshire Constabulary (which became Gwent Constabulary in April 67). Their plates were GKV 17D to 21D with an unexplained jump to 23D for the 6th one
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from a Coventry series issued from September 1966. This suggests they were provided from the factory rather than being locally owned, perhaps as an attempt by Triumph to promote the Herald for panda use with other forces, although there is no surviving information to confirm this nor what eventually happened to the six cars; blank returns from plate check sites suggests they had disappeared long before DVLA started computerisation in the mid-1980s. As noted above, Triumph never cracked the panda market, with only 2 others sold to the Met in London.


2018-02-08 06:36


Not surprised , they were pretty grim cars even by standards of the day , terrible panel fit with creeky seperate bodies loosely bolted to a seperate chassis, rock hard suspension with that awful toe in at rear which could turn you over if it tucked in on bends ( can be seen in thumb pic) Front suspension trunnions that liked to snap leaving you on the ground with no wheel ! Jasper Carrot wasn't far wrong when he said there should have been a Triumph named ' Whats That Rattle ' :)

13/60s were a bit better but not much ! I suffered three Heralds in my teens then got a old Mk 1 Escort , night and day ! a body with structural integrity, doors that didn't open on corners, suspension that suspended, fantastic gear change, no rattles and good handling :)

-- Last edit: 2018-02-13 14:53:03

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