A unique feature on the early Triumph Heralds was an additional parcel tray which was located underneath the dashboard passenger side cubby box. This grey plastic-coated wire element has been nicknamed the ‘chip basket.’
Part Number 803659, the basket featured on all model styles (saloon, coupé and convertible) and ran throughout the production run of the 948cc cars, being deleted as a cost-cutting measure for the new 1200 models.
The basket was ideal for magazines, maps and all sorts of stuff and was hinged underneath the dash. The basket had a single metal clip to hold it in place and plastic straps to ensure the released basket didn’t deposit all the contents over your passengers lap.
The basket was produced by the Sankey Green Wire Weaving Co. Ltd, who were based in Warrington. Founded in 1922, they manufactured woven wire cloth, industrial wirework and welded mesh in panel form. They had around 250 employees in 1960. Originally based in Grappenhall, they eventually moved to Thelwall Lane nr, Latchford Locks and the company was eventually taken over by the Greening Co Ltd.