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Triumph 1800 Roadster 1948

The Triumph 1800 Roadster was the first post war car from Britain's Triumph Motor Company and was produced from 1946 to 1948. It was first made with an 1800 cc engine and superseded by a larger engined version, the 2000 Roadster from 1948 to 1949.

The car was designed in the closing days of World War II, shortly before Triumph was bought by the Standard Motor Company. With early post war steel shortages the body was built from aluminium using rubber press tools that had been used making parts for the largely wooden bodied Mosquito bomber that had been built by Standard during the war and the chassis was hand welded up from steel tube.

The tubular steel chassis featured transverse leaf sprung independent suspension at the front and a live axle with half elliptic springs at the rear.

The rear track was considerably narrower than the front. Brakes were hydraulic.

On test by Autocar magazine in 1947 top speed was found to be 75 mph (121 km/h) and 0–60 mph (0-96 km/h) took 34.4 seconds.

The car was never made in large numbers and was mainly hand built.

2501 examples of the 1800 and 2000 examples of the 2000 version were made.


De Triumph 1800 Roadster was de eerste naoorlogse auto’s van de Britse Triumph Motor Company en werd geproduceerd van 1946 tot 1948. Het werd eerst gemaakt met een 1800 cc motor en vervangen door een grotere motorversie, de Triumph 2000 Roadster van 1948 en 1949.

De auto is ontworpen in de laatste dagen van de Tweede Wereldoorlog, kort voor Triumph werd gekocht door de Standard Motor Company.

De 1800 Roadster had een topsnelheid van 121 kilometer en had 34,4 seconden nodig om vanuit stilstand 100 kilometer te rijden.

Van massaproductie was bij deze grotendeels uit aluminium handgebouwde auto geen sprake. Van de 1800 zijn 2501 exemplaren gemaakt en van de 2000-versie 2000.


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