Lot 272 - 1947 Triumph Roadster (1800cc)
|Odometer reading||55,061 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,840|
The Triumph Roadster was the first vehicle made post-war by the Standard Motor Company after their acquisition of the respected Triumph name. It was manufactured between 1946 and 1949 and its design went back to the classic tourers of the 1930's, even to the extent of featuring the 'dickey-seats', whereby two extra passengers could sit on seats in the boot whilst still remaining comfy on their own seats and protected by their own windscreen. 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. Most of the bodywork is clad in an aluminium alloy that was originally produced for aircraft construction in the Second World War, over an ash frame. The front wings are manufactured from steel which was in short supply in those days. At the end of its production run, over 4000 of these cars were built but it is estimated that only around 180 survive on the road today with others surviving in various states of repair.
In 2015, this voluptuous roadster underwent a full body renovation with its aluminium and steel panels sandblasted and the ash frame renovated before painting began. All the brightwork has been re-chromed and the engine, the same 'Standard' unit as Jaguar's SS sportscars albeit with a different compression ratio and carburettors, has been cleaned and renovated. The electrical system is new and the manual gearbox is reported to operate perfectly. A brand-new soft-top has been fitted and the interior upholstery has also been replaced. The vendor is delighted with the work carried out on this car and describes it as between 9/10 and 10/10 in all respects. Fully UK registered, these Triumph Roadsters are rare to see on Britain's roads these days and it is heartening to see such a good example back on these shores.
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