Like many of its European counterparts, the Triumph Motor Company has a deep rooted history which originated in a non automotive industry. In 1897 Triumph Cycle Co. Ltd., only manufactured Triumph parts and bicycles. In 1902 the company branched out to Triumph parts and began operations manufacturing motorcycles. During WWI, the company supplied Triumph parts to the British Army and soon became Britain's largest motor cycle maker. In 1930 the company changed its name to the Triumph Motor Company.
The company hit financial problems however and in 1936 the Triumph bicycle and motorcycle and Triumph parts businesses were sold. The company faced further hardship when it went into receivership in 1939. At this point, all of the company's assets, factory, Triumph parts, equipment and goodwill were offered for sale. The company was eventually sold and restructures, but the effects of WWII stopped all production of triumph parts and vehicles, the factory would later be destroyed by bombing.
The last Triumph model was the Acclaim which was launched in 1981 and was essentially a re-badged Honda Ballade built with triumph parts under license from Japanese company. The Triumph name disappeared in 1984, when the Acclaim was replaced by the Rover 200, which was a re-badged version of Honda's next generation Civic/Ballade model made wit Triumph parts.
The trademark for Triumph parts and vehicles is currently owned by BMW, acquired when it bought the Rover Group in 1994. When it sold Rover, it kept the Triumph marque; this has left the open possibility for BMW to produce Triumph parts and vehicles under the Triumph name. The Phoenix Consortium, which bought Rover, tried to buy the Triumph brand, but BMW refused, saying that if Phoenix insisted, it would break the deal. The Standard marque was transferred to British Motor Heritage Limited, along with Austin, Morris, and Wolseley marques. The Austin, Morris and Wolseley marques were later sold to MG Rover Group Ltd, on the 10th December 2003. The Standard marque is still retained by British Motor Heritage who also have the license to use the Triumph marque in relation to the sale of Triumph parts spares and support of the existing 'park' of Triumph cars.
The Triumph name continues has been retained by BMW along with a number of historical brands. In late 2007 rumors hit the streets that new Triumph parts we being developed and a new model of the Triumph would be on the market soon. Many are hoping for a return of Triumph parts production and a resurgence of the Triumph. BMW has not commented officially on this.
Triumph continues to have a following of admirers and enthusiasts around the world. There are a number of organizations and companies dedicated to the collection and reproduction of Triumph parts.
Fortunately for the Triumph enthusiast, there are a large number of Triumph parts suppliers for Triumph parts. Almost any Triumph parts you could possibly want for your car, ranging from special bolts or washers to complete body shells and frames can be purchased from current suppliers. These organizations make it easier for Triumph owners to have direct access to original Triumph parts whenever they are still available. Equipment is available from original equipment manufacturers' Triumph parts and from manufacturers of quality reproduction Triumph parts.