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The Southern Cross compared favorably with other small sports cars of the day, and particularly excelled in trials and rallies where their strength could win out over lighter but more fragile machines. This robust quality would become the hallmark of the TR's success in later years. It is said that Standards CEO John Black acquired Triumph primarily for the sporting reputation, which was largely the result of the Southern Cross.
We are told there are only 8 known survivors of this model known to the club, making is exceptionally rare. FS 3514 was supplied new to its first owner in Edinburgh and the car has spent its entire life in Scotland. The car has been with the same owner for many years and was completely restored to ‘concours' condition around 20 years ago. The Triumph was restored to a very high standard and clearly was carried out with no expense spared. FS 3514 became a regular site on the Scottish show scene and often was awarded prizes for its condition. We have a selection of trophies dating back to the early 1990's that come with the car.
FS 3514 presents superbly with a first class body with stunning, gleaming paintwork. The body is perfectly straight and the underside first class. The chrome work is excellent, the weather equipment is in very good order and the upholstery is beautiful with high quality carpets, top quality leather seats and a lovely dashboard. The car still has a high quality finish 20 years since restoration and presents like a car rebuilt within the past five years.
Mechanically the Triumph is strong with its Coventry Climax engine running superbly holding very good oil pressure. The Triumph has not covered high mileage since restoration so the running gear is in excellent order. The four wheel hydraulic brakes are in very good, working order, the Triumph handles and steers well and the four speed gears are a delight to use. The Triumph comes with a well-documented history file and has provenance and rarity that makes this car something very special. It is ideal for the show scene and will make a fine addition to any rare pre-war car collection.