Bibliography: My Triumph Books


The books in my collection:-



Author (s) Comments
Triumph GT6/Vitesse 2 Litre Workshop Manual Standard-Triumph Essential!
Standard-Triumph Equally essential (many of the diagrams are used by the main suppliers of parts)
Owners Workshop Manual
J H Haynes &
J L S Maclay
"These authentic manuals are actually written from practical experience" (Car Mechanics)
Handbook for the
Piet Olyslager MSIA MSAE My first book, a companion to my first car - a 1956 Standard 'Family' Eight. Some good illustrations.
Illustrated Car Servicing Series for Owner-Drivers: TRIUMPH HERALD T. P. Postlethwaite My Second book, a companion to my second car - a 1962 Triumph Herald 1200 Coupé.
The Book of the Triumph Sports Cars Staton Abbey One of my first books, "Do-it-yourself Servicing and Maintenance in the Home Garage".

Triumph Cars - The Complete 75 Year History

Richard Langworth & Graham Robson A comprehensive and very readable book!

Triumph Spitfire & GT6

Graham Robson A good book written by one of the insiders.
Triumph Spitfire & GT6 - A Collector's Guide Graham Robson As above.
Triumph Spitfire & GT6 - A Guide to Originality John Thomason An essential guide to the important details when restoring a GT6
Triumph Spitfire & GT6 - The Complete Story Richard Dredge A different style to Graham Robson, but well written and informative.
The Book of The Standard Motor Company Graham Robson Superb book about the forerunners to the GT6
Everyday Modifications for your Triumph Spitfire, Herald, Vitesse and GT6 Iain Ayre Very informative and extremely well-written book from freelance contributor to Triumph World, Classic Cars et al.
THE WORKS SPITFIRES "A Technical Analysis" Fabrizio Comi A publication that speaks of the Triumph Spitfire seen from the technical and historical viewpoint. A great collection of pictures and testimonials on Comi's racing history on road and track, and a complete technical analysis related to racing by Triumph's "Competition Department" in the years 1964-1965.
R.W. Kas Kastner Manual for the GT6, GT6+ & 2000 written by the former Triumph Competitions Manager. Contains "the accumulated experience of competition engineers on both sides of the Atlantic"
practical CLASSICS Guide to the
Danny Hopkins et al "Collector's Edition" with articles on Driving, Buying and Restoring
54 Competitive years
An Autocar SPECIAL Articles from 'Autocar' including '1966 GT6 Described' (Published 1978).
Classic & Sportscar
TRIUMPH: Celebrating 75 years
A C&SC SPECIAL Includes article 'King of the Swingers' about the first family of starter classics (Published 1998)
The Illustrated History of Triumph Sports and Racing Cars G William Krause Triumph historian G. William Krause reviews every model in the sports car lineup. He covers the history, design evolution, and performance specifications from the first sports cars in the 1930s through the final cars built in 1981. Throughout Triumph's history a number of pivotal moments could have significantly changed the company's fortunes. This book also looks at the "what if" cars that never made it into production, including photos.
A special tribute to half a century
of Triumph cars
A MOTOR Special  "In the following pages we look back at some earlier memorable Triumphs, and at their competition successes: we try a contemporary Triumph and find that it's almost the ideal long-distance touring car; and we look into the future of the company with its managing director, Bill Davis" (May 1973)
  The Classic Car Adventure:
Driving Through History on The Road to Nostalgia 
Lance Cole  This is a superb book which I really enjoyed, helped (a little)  by Lance waxing lyrically about the GT6 and Giovanni Michelotti - see the quotation on my Home page. I met him at the 2019 Classic & Motor Show, and he is urging me to write a GT6 book (although it may end up as Triumph GT6 & Spitfire!)
  Triumph Spitfire & GT6:
Setting The Small Sportscar Standard  
John Nikas /
Marc Vorgers
More of the same, really. Not worth buying if you already have Robsons and Dredges books. Good bibliography, though, click here to see it. I always fancied John Nikas's book "Rule Britannia – When British Sports Cars Saved A Nation" but wasn't prepared to pay the £85 asking price.
  Kas Kastner's Historical & Technical Guide for Triumph Cars R.W. Kas Kastner  This book was on John Nikas's bibliography, so I bought the eBook version directly from Kas Kastner's website. To buy a copy click here. According to The Roadster Factory "This second book updates Mr. Kastner's first book by detailing current preparation of the cars for vintage racing.  Kas also went around to racers' shops and to businesses which cater to racers, companies like Carillo, which makes fantastic steel connecting rods.  Many racing parts are profiled, and many Triumph racing secrets are shared".
  Triumph Spitfire and GT6
The Complete Story 
James Taylor  Another book from John Nikas's bibliography. To quote Amazon " This in-depth volume presents the full story, including background to the company, design and development of both the Spitfire and the GT6, plus full specifications for all five models of Spitfire and three models of GT6. Superbly illustrated".
Triumph Sport and Elegance Bill Piggott Here, from a celebrated Triumph expert, is the inside story of a popular make that has always had a special place in the hearts of sports car enthusiasts. The varied content includes technical information, driving impressions and buying hints.
  Triumph Spitfire and GT6: The Essential Buyer's Guide   Iain Ayre  A good book with lots of useful advice on buying the Triumph Spitfire or GT6. Information on what to look for, what to pay, buying from Auctions, etc. from the author of "Everyday Modifications for your Triumph Spitfire, Herald, Vitesse and GT6". 
  Practical Classics & Car Restorer: Triumph Spitfire Restoration  I though I'd better buy this as I write the Restoration part of this website! Most of what is applicable to the Spitfire is also applicable to the GT6. 
  Giovanni Michelotti - A Free Stylist Edgardo Michelotti &  Giancarlo Cavallini The new book is published by Fondazione Negri of Brescia, Italy. It is a 288-page, hardbound volume with slipcase, presenting 200-plus photos, plans, and drawings of vehicles. It is written by Edgardo, Giovannis son who joined the 'family business' and Giancarlo Cavallini, an expert on design and the history of the automotive industry. Covers the Spitfire & GT6 in some detail.
  British Leyland: From Triumph to Tragedy, Petrol, Politics and Power Lance Cole Another well researched tome which Lance told me about, when I met him at the Classic Car Show at the NEC in 2019. It's very political, and although I don't agree with everything he says, I must concur that unfortunately the British motor industry was adversly affected by the political decisions of the day. A good read!
  Coventry and Warwickshire 1914-1919
Local Aspects of the Great War (Volume 2)
Chris Holland I bought this book direct from the author because I became interested in the founder of Triumph, Siegfried Bettmann. Apparantly he wrote an unpublished memoir of his life (which was remarkable) and in this volume is a chapter about him written by somebody who had access to this.