Brief History About Triumph
Triumph was founded in 1885 in England by Siegfried Bettmann. Siegfried had started importing bicycles in 1885 and then in 1887 partnered with Moritz Schulte forming New Triumph Company Limited and soon after started manufacturing their own bicycles.
In 1902 they moved onto producing motorcycles and quickly became one of, if not the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Britain.
In 1921 Triumph acquired the Dawson Car Company and started building cars from 1923. In 1930 they became the Triumph Motor Company and decided to go into the more upmarket car niche, but ended up with financial issues, due to the 30’s depression and internal company unrest, that led to them having to sell off the bicycle and motorcycle side of the business in 1936, followed by the sale of the motor company in 1939. The Triumph Motor Company was purchased by Thomas W. Ward Ltd., however with WW2 starting and the factory being destroyed, Triumph was then bought by the Standard Motor Company in 1944, who wanted to go head to head with Jaguar and released the stylish aluminium bodied Triumph Roadster in 1946.
In the 1950’s Triumph decided to concentrate mostly on more sporty cars, introducing the TR2 in 1953 and later in 1959 the Triumph Herald.
In 1960 Triumph was bought by Leyland Motors Ltd, which later became British Leyland Motor Corporation in 1968. During the 60’s and 70’s Triumph released a number of sports cars, including the continuation of the TR range and the addition of the GT6, Spitfire, Stag, Dolomite and TR7/8.
With British Leyland Motor Corporation being sold off during the early-mid 80’s, the Triumph name disappeared in 1984, after only being used as a rebadged Honda from 1981. The brand name (which belonged to the Rover Group) went to BMW when they purchased the Rover Group in 1994 and who also decided to keep the Triumph brand name when they sold Rover.