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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK—DALE WILL'S 1935 TRIUMPH GLORIA SOUTHERN CROSS SIX VITESSE COUPE

 

In 2004, Dale Will purchased a 1935 Triumph Gloria Southern Cross Six Coupe, which is the only one of its kind to have survived. When new, the car was advertised to have handmade coachwork made with aluminium panels and one-piece steel front wings and running boards. It featured a usable back seat and “flush-fitting Trafficators.” The first trafficators I ever saw were on a Ford Prefect owned by a friend of mine. Trafficators are cable-operated (and later electrically operated) semaphore signals that extend out of the left and right door pillars and were used like our modern turn signals to indicate which direction the car would turn. Of the first photo he says, “Here I am with the car- holding a baton that the Pre-1940 Triumph Motor Club sent around the world for one of its anniversaries.” Dale sent me some more photos and some vintage advertising art for the cars, and an article titled, “Gloria triumphs over age,” about how he acquired the Southern Cross Six.

Dale sent his car out to the paint shop towards the end of July. I saw the posting on The Vintage Triumph Facebook page and Dale gave me permission to post it to our Facebook page and to make the photos our Photos of the Week. Dale said, “I was honored to give Charles a ride in my Southern Cross roadster at VTR in Breckenridge, and I am sorry he won't be around to see the coupe when its restored. It is a privilege to be the custodian of such a rare car, and I look forward to sharing it with those who love all things Triumph!” I can’t wait to see how the paint and body work turn out. Please keep us posted Dale, and I will add to your story!

 

“Here I am with the car- holding a baton that the Pre-1940 Triumph Motor Club
sent around the world for one of its anniversaries.”

Off to get painted!