Mint condition Triumph Herald to auction for $24,000 in the UK

A mint condition Triumph Herald 1200 that has covered just 20 miles in the 52 years since it was produced has been consigned to East Anglia Motor Auctions' September 28 sale.

1961 Triumph Herald 1200 auction
The Triumph Herald has only been taxed once, in 1961, for the bargain price of £15

The 1961 car is described by the auction house as an "unrepeatable opportunity", and is valued at £12,000-15,000 ($19,214-24,018). Finished in Renoir Blue and Sebring White, it is sure to attract strong attention from British collectors.

The car was bought from new in 1961, and still sports the original £15 tax disc. Its one careful owner had it delivered on a trailer, and when she died, it was sold back to the dealer she had bought it from by her family.

"When he [the dealer] went to see it, he discovered it had not been driven from the day it had been delivered brand new - and decided to keep it as part of his private collection," auctioneer Tristram Belemore-Smith told the BBC.

The Triumph Herald 1200 was a relaunch of the popular Herald released in 1959. Boasting a maximum power of 39bhp, it became a popular British classic and is now sought after by collectors.

Low mileage cars such as this are prized by collectors for their original parts in good condition, with many higher mileage examples on the market having been long-since restored and their parts replaced. However, the buyer will face a tough decision whether to actually drive the car, as it will lose value as soon as miles are added to the clock.

An astonishing collection of 500 low-mileage Chevrolets, preserved by a Nebraska dealer, will be sold on September 28-29.

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