At a Glance:
|1949||Triumph||2000 Roadster||87,004 (Not Warranted)||£3400.00 + buyers premium|
” Chloe ” comes to you inclusive of: a reupholstered front seat ( which is loose – the seat runners are in the r/h side of the boot ); a replacement silencer box and tailpipe; the original 5 hubcaps with black band plus a full set of newish chrome hubcaps complete with Triumph “World” discs; 5 newish chrome rim embellishers; besides the alum painted rad cap there is a replacement chrome plated one; the manifold and j pipe to the reconditioned engine plus what maybe the car’s original manifold.
As to Chloe herself she’s been In the current ownership since 1976, and was taken off the road in 1978 following a wet cylinder liner seal (NOT head gasket) failure. Work was started on overhauling the engine, but marriage, children and work / life commitments have halted more progress. Two new tyres have recently been fitted. The Badge Bar, which fits on the 2 front Bar Supports between the front wings, is included with an early version of the Triumph Roadster Club badge along with Both Chrome Short Trumpet Horns in the Spares boxes. All the original log books are included, showing Chloe’s entire ownership history, and confirming the registration is the original.
Update: The vendor has made us aware that the vehicle has had an engine change at some point as when cleaning the casting plate last year he discovered engine number EN1935E, he tells us he notified DVLA and obtained an updated V5C.
The Triumph Roadster was built by the Standard Motor Company from 1946 to 1949. Originally available as the Triumph 1800 Roadster – ( ex Jaguar engined ) 18TR – from 1946 to 1948 then from late 1948 to 1949 as the Triumph 2000 Roadster – TRA, now utilising the same engine as the new Standard Vanguard saloon.
Sir John Black, then Managing Director of Standard Triumph, wanted a rival sports car to the sensational Jaguar XK120. For whatever reason he insisted that his car was to be fitted with a dickey seat in the boot compartment, which probably makes it the last series production car to be thus fitted. Whilst the Roadster could never compete with the Jaguar on acceleration and top speed it was a full five seater compared to the XK120’s 2 seats. This made it a far more comfortable proposition as a long distance touring car.
Post-war steel shortages led to the Roadster, apart from its steel wings, being built from Birmabright aluminium alloy which was left over from wartime aircraft production. This meant that the car benefited from a robust tubular steel chassis that is even now still resistant to corrosion. The engine in the 2000 model provides 68bhp. and the three speed plus reverse, right-hand column gear change enables any middle seat passenger to sit without fear of getting in the way of a floor mounted gear change.
Some 2,500 of the 1800 model were built over the first three years making the 2000 TRA version even rarer with just 2000 being produced from late 1948 to end of 1949. For TV buffs of course the car will all ways be linked with the BERGERAC detective TV series. The colour of KLO 193 is Aubergine ( not Purple ) and is similar, though painted in the scheme actually before the Aubergine car driven by John Nettles, the lead character in the series.
|Auction||27th July 2018 - 97% SOLD|
|Vehicle Model||2000 Roadster|
|Year of Manufacture||1949|
|Mileage||87,004 (Not Warranted)|
|Date first Registered||17-05-1949|
|Engine Number||TRA1186 (old engine number)|
|Estimated Sale Price||No Reserve|
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