Triumph 1800 / 2000 Roadster

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Triumph 2000 Roadster

Well known today by many as the car driven by Bergerac in the 1980's BBC television detective series of the same name, the Triumph 1800 Roadster was introduced in 1946. It shared the same tubular, crossed braced chassis as the 1800 saloon which started production at the same time. It was a well appointed car, and featured a high quality leather interior, with polished wood door cappings and dashboard.

The bodywork which was styled in house by Frank Callaby was built on an ash frame with mostly aluminium panels, although the front inner and outer wings were steel. They were actually quite an expensive car of their day and were in the main hand built. A notable feature of these cars was the rear dickey seat, which provided occasional seating for two extra passengers and folded up out of the boot compartment complete with windscreen. In 1948 the car was updated into the 2000 model and the old 1776cc (Jaguar) engine was replaced by 2088cc Standard Vanguard engine. A total of 4500 1800 / 2000 roadsters were produced by the time production ended in 1949.


 

Specifications

Model

1800

2000

Years Produced

1946-1948

1948-1949

Body Type

2 door roadster, alloy & steel on ash frame, separate chassis

Length

14ft 0.5in

14ft 4in

Width

5ft 4in

5ft 4in

Weight

2541lb

2460lb

Engine

1776cc 4 cylinder inline

2088cc 4 cylinder inline

Power

65 bhp @ 4500 rpm

68 bhp @ 4200 rpm

Gearbox

4 speed manual, column change

3 speed manual, column change

Driven Wheels

Rear

Rear

Brakes

Drum

Drum

Front Suspension

Independent by transverse leaf spring & wishbones

Rear Suspension

Live axle, leaf springs

Live axle, leaf springs

 

Performance

Model

1800

2000

Top Speed

80 mph

78 mph

0-60 mph

25.2 seconds

24.8 seconds

Fuel Consumption

23 mpg

23 mpg

 

Useful Links

The Triumph Roadster Club

Triumph Owners Club New Zealand

Club Triumph

Triumph books at Amazon.co.uk

Gallery