In recent years this car has formed part of a large collection and as such has received little or no use and an element of recommissioning is to be expected to return it to the road once again. Your inspection pre-sale is welcomed and encouraged to appreciate the potential of this rarely offered motor car which is strictly sold as seen.
- A landmark model in the history of the Coventry firm, the 1800 Roadster was one of the first post-war designs to bear the Triumph name. Standard was already supplying Jaguar with a 1,776cc overhead-valve engine and four-speed gearbox and these, together with the existing Flying Standard rear axle, were chosen for the new car
- The chassis, an all-new design featuring independent front suspension, comprised two large-diameter steel tubes joined by cross-braces
- Early post-war steel shortages meant that the Roadster body (apart from its steel wings) was built from Birmabright aluminium alloy, almost certainly left over from aircraft production. This lightweight and durable bodywork combined with a marine-spec ash frame sat on a reassuringly robust tubular steel chassis that had a high corrosion resistance due to its significant chrome content.
- Styled by Standard's Frank Callaby, the Roadster's elegant bodywork was unusual in retaining the dickey seat that had been a feature of the pre-war Triumph Dolomite Roadster Coupé
- The engine was a 1776cc, 4-cylinder overhead-valve unit, developing 65bhp, and had a lot in common with the engine built by Standard exclusively for the Jaguar SS. A four-speed, right-hand column-change was used, which allowed the middle seat passenger to sit in comfort.
- Though not a sports car, the Triumph was acceptably fast in its day managing a top speed of around 80 miles per hour and gained its notoriety as the daily transport for 'John Nettles', the Jersey-based detective in the 'Bergerac' television series