24 July 2000
1947 TRIUMPH 1800 ROADSTER
Registration No. Formerly UK registered EAK 953
Chassis No. TRD 742
Engine No. tba
Body No. 363574
Black with black hood and red leather interior
Engine: four cylinder overhead valve 1,766cc; Gearbox; three speed column change; Brakes Girling hydrostatic drums all round; Suspension: front, independent transverse leaf springs, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs. Right hand drive.
The Triumph 1800 was one of the first post-war designs to be introduced and bore no relationship to pre-war Triumph models. The car used the Standard Motor Company's 1,776cc engine which was an overhead valve version of the Standard 14, produced originally for the pre and post-war, later 1½ Litre, SS Jaguar, with many engine and transmission parts interchangeable. The bodywork was designed by two different designers and employed all-aluminium panelling over a tubular chassis. The rear seating arrangement was the Roadster's most distinguishing feature and, in fact, it was the last production car in Britain to have a true dickey seat. With free standing headlamps and classic radiator, the model had a certain panache whilst the interior, with walnut veneered wooden dash surround and leather upholstery was very plush.
This example left the factory on 6th May 1947, according to information supplied by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, however no further note is made of its history, except that it was built for the home market and originally finished in grey livery with a blue interior. From its registration number it is evident that it was subsequently registered in the Bradford area of Yorkshire.
Whilst later history is not known it is clear that the Triumph has undergone a thorough cosmetic restoration, which it is believed was carried out in America, perhaps accounting for the fitment of whitewall tyres and choice of colour scheme. Although seeing little use since restoration, the car has been carefully stored, and more recently has been started and run, but will require an MoT certificate prior to UK road use.
A well-presented example of the popular Triumph Roadster, offered with BMIHT certificate.
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