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Henry George "Harry" Webster
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Birth: May 27, 1917
Coventry
Warwickshire, England
Death: Feb. 6, 2007
Kenilworth
Warwickshire, England

Automotive engineer and businessman. Worked for the former British auto manufacturers Triumph (later Standard-Triumph) and the British Leyland group. Helped design all of the production cars of Triumph. He was born in 1917 and educated at Welshpool Country School. He started as an apprentice at age 15 working for Standard Motor Company in Coventry. During World War II he worked at Standard as an inspector of aircraft engineering operations. After the war he continued his automotive chassis designs at Standard. He was promoted to chief engineer and in 1952 was responsible for the design of the Triumph TR2 sports car which achieved fantastic success in sales both in the UK and internationally. In 1957 he was promoted to director of engineering and led his team to produce new models which would focus more on competition with other marques. It was then that he brought in Italian automotive designer Giovanni Michelotti and would frequently drive from Coventry, England to Turin, Italy for the weekend to consult with Michelotti as they became good friends. Michelotti designed the Triumph Herald with Webster's chassis and suspension. Their design for the Triumph TR5 was the first British sports car to have fuel-injection as standard equipment. In 1960 Leyland Motors bought Standard-Triumph. Webster persuaded Leyland to back the Spitfire and the elegant 2000 saloon. He also led the racing efforts at Triumph in the TRS and Spitfires which won their classes at Le Mans. He was frequently on pit row near the end of the race. In 1968 another merger occurred acquiring British Motor Holdings to create British Leyland Motor Corporation. This merger promoted him to technical director of the new company, but moved him from Coventry to Longbridge to oversee the Austin-Morris division. He was not as comfortable there as he was in Coventry and had trouble with both upper management and labor. Therefore when Leamington Spa made him an offer in 1972, he took it and was group technical director until his retirement in 1982. When the classic car hobby became popular a few years later, he was much in demand at car shows and interviews to talk about the cars that he had helped to design. But he made sure to give proper credit to his colleagues. He was also asked to unveil a commemorative plaque where the Coventry factory once stood. 
 
Note: Wikipedia: Harry Webster
 
Burial:
Oaks Road Cemetery
Kenilworth
Warwick District
Warwickshire, England
 
Maintained by: Spitfire
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Record added: Feb 14, 2007
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Henry George Harry Webster
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Henry George (Harry) Webster, automotive engineer for Standard-Triumph, was actually born on May 27, 1917. He died on February 6, 2007, aged 89. See Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Webster) He lives on in his classic Triumph automobiles!
- Spitfire
 Added: Oct. 5, 2009
 
 
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