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Triumph 1800 and 2000 Roadster
Sir John Black's interest in a sporting brand was sparked by the fact that SS Jaguar already used Standard engines and components. When the bombed out and bankrupt Triumph Motor business came up for sale after the war Black had to have it, and beat off St William Lyons. Black pulled out the 1776cc ohv engine off the shelf to power what would become the Renown and the Roadster models. A tubular steel chassis was constructed which could easily be adapted to the shorter Roadster or the longer Renown (and even longer Renown limousine). For the Roadster, Black got Frank Callaby to design the overall shape, and then had Arthur Ballard to design the rear of the car and to incorporate the last dickey seat put onto a production car. Launched in March 1946 the Roadster as the 18TR (chassis No: TRD) was upgraded in October 1948 to become the Triumph 2000 20TR Roadster (chassis No; TRA). The upgrade involved fitting the 2088cc Standard Vanguard engine and drivetrain to the tubular steel chassis ofthe Roadster. This recipe only lasted a year and after 2000 sales the Roadster was dropped. Walter Belgrove promoted an extraordinary streamlined TRX model to replace the Roadster, but it never went into production and the next sporting Triumph would be the TR2.
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Triumph TRA 2000 Roadster - ornament
ab_Triumph 18TR 1800 Roadster 1947 grille
Triumph 18TR 1800 Roadster 1947 - grille
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Triumph TRA 2000 Roadster. A Standard Vanguard 2088cc engine replaced the old 1776cc unit.
Triumph 1800 Roadster 18TR front
Triumph 18TR 1800 Roadster 1947
Triumph 1800 Roadster 18TR rear
Triumph 1800 Roadster 18TR. Under Sir John Black the Triumph Roadster was designed with Frank Callaby doing the front and Arthur Ballard the rear. It was a 2-seater Roadster with a double dickey seat in the boot with windscreen bootlid.
Triumph 1800 Roadster and Alvis TA 14
Triumph 1800 Roadster and Alvis TA 14 Mulliner saloon. Showing the similarities of 1948 cars, the Alvis coachwork was by Mulliners of Bordesley Green
Triumph 2000 DHC Triumph TRA 2000 Roadster front
Triumph TRA 2000 Roadster. In 1948 that Roadster was upgraded to the TRA 2000 by being given the 2088cc Standard Vanguard engine. Little else was changed, and after about a year and 2000 produce the Triumph Roadster moved aside for the eventual TR2.
Triumph TRA 2000 Roadster reara
Triumph 2000 Roadster. Frank Callaby had designed the Triumph Roadster, and this view shows the location of the dickey seat, with it's own 'windscreen' as bootlid. 2000 Roadsters had an offside exhaust.
Triumph TRA 2000 Roadster rearc
Triumph TRA 2000 Roadster.
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Triumph 2000 Roadster TRA. When manufacture of the 1-1/2-litre Jaguar ceased in 1948, Triumph Roadster production continued in 1949 using the new Vanguard engine and transmission as the 2000 Roadster.
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Triumph TRA 2000 Roadster - rear wheel
Razoredge Triumph 1800, 2000 and Renown
Triumph TR2
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