Gloria Models – 1933 to 1938

Between 1933 and 1938 Triumph made a large and confusing range of Gloria sporting saloons, coupes, tourers, 2-seater sports cars, drophead coupes and golfer’s coupes. All these Glorias, apart from the final two models ( 1.5-Litre Saloon and Fourteen Six-Light Saloon) were powered by 4 or 6 cylinder Coventry Climax overhead inlet and side exhaust valve designed engines (modified & built by Triumph). From August 1934 to 1936 the Gloria range included ‘Gloria Vitesse’ models (not to be confused with later Vitesses) which were up-rated, engine & equipment, versions of the equivalent Gloria and slightly different bodywork in the case of some saloons..

 

A 1933 Gloria Competition Tourer

 

August 1933 to July 1934 4-cylinder Glorias- 9.53 h.p. 1,087cc 4-cylinder overhead inlet & side exhaust valve engine with free-wheel pre-selection 4-speed gearbox.

These 4-cylinder Glorias were all 9.53 h.p. models apart from the Gloria Monte Carlo Tourer which when introduced in January 1934 had a larger capacity 1,232 cc 10.8 h.p engine (but could be ordered with the 9.53 h.p. unit if required). They all had twin carburettors apart from the Gloria Ten Saloon which had a single carburettor. We estimate that 1,700 4-cylinder 1933/4 Glorias were produced and the models offered were:

August 1933 to July 1934 4-cylinder Gloria Models
Gloria Model Price No. Recorded No. Survive No. with original style bodywork
Ten Saloon
£285
219
21
12
Ten Special Saloon
£300
Recorded numbers
included with those
for the Ten Saloon
Competition Tourer
£325
3
1
1
Speed Model Tourer
£285
32
13
12
Monte Carlo Tourer
£325
26
13
13

 

A 1933/4 Gloria Six Saloon

 

August 1933 to July 1934 6-cylinder Glorias- 12.95 h.p. 1,476cc 6-cylinder overhead inlet & side exhaust valve engine with free-wheel pre-selection 4-speed gearbox.

All these 6-cylinder Glorias had twin Solex downdraught carburettors apart from the Gloria Six Saloon which had a single Solex carburettor. We estimate that 500 6-cylinder 1933/4 Glorias were produced and the models offered were:

 

August 1933 to July 1934 6-cylinder Glorias
Gloria Model Price No. Recorded No. Survive No. with original style bodywork
Six Saloon
£325
89
8
3
Six Special Saloon
£300
Recorded numbers
included with those
for the Six Saloon
Six Speed Model Tourer
£325
7
2
2

1934/5 Gloria 10.8hp Southern Cross

 

August 1934 to July 1935 4-cylinder Glorias- 10.8 h.p. 1,232cc 4-cylinder overhead inlet & side exhaust valve engine with free-wheel pre-selection 4-speed gearbox.

These 4-cylinder Glorias were all 10.8 h.p. models apart from the Gloria Ten Saloon (a ‘facelift’ version of the 1933/4 Gloria Ten Saloon) which continued with the smaller capacity 1,087 cc 9.53 h.p engine. Glorias had single S.U. carburettors and Gloria Vitesses had twin S.U. carburettors. Visual differences from the preceding Glorias included a restyled radiator surround with a black honeycomb grille (instead of the vertical painted slats) and smaller hubbed wire wheels. We estimate that 2,000 4-cylinder 1934/5 Glorias were produced and the models offered were:

 

August 1934 to July 1935 4-cylinder Glorias
Gloria Model Price No. Recorded No. Survive No. with original style bodywork
Ten Saloon
£285
24
1
1
Saloon
£298
148
18
12
Vitesse Saloon
£320
80
21
17
Coupe
£288
7
1
1
Vitesse Coupe
£310
2
0
0
Six Light Saloon
£298
0
0
0
Vitesse Six Light Sal
£320
0
0
0
Tourer
£298
12
3
3
Vitesse Tourer
£320
6
3
2
Monte Carlo Tourer
£335
10
3
3
Southern Cross
£275
31
15
13
Golfers Coupe
£335
7
1
1
Vitesse Golfers Coupe
£355
2
0
0

1934/5 Gloria Six Flow-Free Saloon (body now fitted to later chassis)

 

August 1934 to July 1935 6-cylinder Glorias- 15.72 h.p. 1,991cc 6-cylinder overhead inlet & side exhaust valve engine with free-wheel pre-selection 4-speed gearbox.

These 6-cylinder Glorias had single Solex carburettors and Gloria Vitesses had twin Solex (late models had S.U.) carburettors. Visual differences from the preceding Glorias included a restyled radiator surround with a black honeycomb grille (instead of the vertical painted slats) and smaller hubbed wire wheels. We estimate that 800 6-cylinder 1934/5 Glorias were produced and the models offered were:

 

August 1934 to July 1935 6-cylinder Glorias
Gloria Model Price No. Recorded No. Survive No. with original style bodywork
Saloon
£350
47
8
6
Vitesse Saloon
£385
48
9
8
Coupe
£340
3
1
1
Vitesse Coupe
£310
1
0
0
Flow Free Saloon
£425
9
1*
1*
Vitesse Six Light Sal
£-
0
0
0
Tourer
£350
4
1
1
Vitesse Tourer
£320
3
1
1
Monte Carlo Tourer
£335
5
2
2
Southern Cross
£275
16
5
5
Drophead Coupe
£410
1
1
1
Golfers Coupe
£385
0
0
0
Vitesse Golfers Coupe
£420
0
0
0

 

* Flow-Free bodywork now mounted on a later 1938 2-litre Vitesse Saloon chassis.
 

1935/7 Gloria Tweleve Saloon

 

August 1935 to July 1937 4-cylinder Glorias- 10.8 h.p. 1,232cc 4-cylinder overhead inlet & side exhaust valve engine with free-wheel pre-selection 4-speed gearbox.

These 4-cylinder Glorias (now renamed Gloria ‘Twelve’ even though the power output remained 10.8 h.p.!) had single S.U. carburettors and Gloria Vitesses had twin S.U. carburettors. Visual differences from the preceding Glorias included a restyled front wings and running boards (now two piece instead of the single front wing & running board panels) and vertical radiator grille slats instead of the black honeycomb. Gloria ‘Twelves’ produced in 1937 were the last Triumphs to be powered by the Coventry Climax designed engines. 2 Gloria Southern Crosses have been recorded and survive with Triumph’s 1767 cc o.h.v. engine fitted from new and several club members have successfully made this relatively easy conversion to their Southern Crosses. We estimate that 3,400 4-cylinder 1935/7 Gloria Twelves were produced and the models offered were:

 

August 1935 to July 1937 4-cylinder Glorias
Gloria Model Price No. Recorded No. Survive No. with original style bodywork
Saloon
£315
107
21
13
Vitesse Saloon
£345
51
8
2
Vitesse Short Saloon
£325
23
4
3
Six Light Saloon
£315
48
6
5
Vitesse Tourer
£325
16
7
7
Southern Cross
£295
29
16
12
Drophead Coupe
£335
3
1
1
Vitesse D/H Coupe
£365
10
3
3
Golfers Coupe
£-
1
1
1
Vitesse Golfers Coupe
£-
0
0
0

1935/6 Gloria 2-Litre Vitesse Saloon

 

August 1935 to July 1936 6-cylinder Glorias- 15.72 h.p. 1,991cc 6-cylinder overhead inlet & side exhaust valve engine with free-wheel pre-selection 4-speed gearbox.

These Gloria 2-Litres (renamed from Gloria Six) had single S.U. carburettors and Gloria 2-Litre Vitesses had twin S.U. carburettors. Visual differences from the preceding Glorias included a restyled front wings and running boards (now two piece instead of the single front wing & running board panel) and vertical radiator grille slats instead of the black. We estimate that less than a 1,000 1935/6 Gloria 2-Litres were produced and the models offered were:

 

August 1935 to July 1936 6-cylinder Glorias
Gloria 2 Litre Model Price No. Recorded No. Survive No. with original style bodywork
Vitesse Saloon
£425
59
8
5
Vitesse Short Saloon
£-
0
0
0
Six Light Saloon
£395
7
1
0
Vitesse Six Light Sal
£425
3
0
0
Vitesse Tourer
£-
1
1
1
Drophead Coupe
£415
3
2
2
Vitesse D/H Coupe
£445
7
3
3

1937 Gloria 1.5-Litre Saloon

 

Early 1937 to July 1937 Gloria 1.5 Litre Saloon – 11.81 h.p. 1,496cc 4-cylinder overhead valve engine with 4-speed synchromesh gearbox.

This was the first of 2 Gloria models to use the new Triumph overhead valve engine. Its bodywork was almost the same as the proceeding Gloria Twelve Saloon, but now had a full width rear bumper (instead of the quarter bumpers) and a more rounded radiator grille surround (as used on Vitesses). It was priced at £285 and was the cheapest model available in 1937. We estimate that 250 were produced. We have recorded 39 with 3 surviving with their original style bodywork.

August 1937 to July 1938 Gloria Fourteen Six-Light Saloon – 13.95 h.p. 1,767cc 4-cylinder overhead valve engine with 4-speed gearbox.

This was the last Triumph to bare the Gloria name. Apart from the radiator badge its external appearance is identical to the Vitesse 14/60 Six-Light Saloon produced alongside this model. The only difference appears that the level of interior fittings was lower than the Vitesse. It was priced at £298 compared with the Vitesse’s £318. We estimate that 200 were produced. We have recorded 29 with 4 surviving, of which 2 retain their original style bodywork.

 

MENU