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Triumph 1800/2000/Renown

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Triumph 1800/2000/Renown
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Remember Bergerac in his? Admittedly these roadsters are a world away from later TRs but providing elegant touring for up to five with more than a hint of pre-war character about them instead – including a quaint rear dickey seat. The 2000 used the same Standard Vanguard 2-litre that went into the TRs and also don’t forget similar design saloons such as the Renown and the Mayflower which also has that pre-war feel and looks. All represented a time when Triumph prided itself on traditionalbuilt ‘Town and Country’ saloons, in this case aluminium bodies upon an ash frame and steel chassis – decidedly Morgan-like in fact.

Driving

A TR they are not! Instead, they are quaint, and comfortable cars (Roadster seat five; three up front) although severely sedate where even the 2-litre models could just about muster our national speed limit with the Mayflower barely breaking 60 from its novel 38bhp 1272 alloy-headed side-valve Standard 10 unit. Such quaintness extends to a column gearchange – worked by your right hand on certain models but the 2000 range does benefit from an optional overdrive to make cruising easier. On all, the handling is decidedly slow and steady meaning a stately style is best rewarded; Roadsters aren’t any quicker than the saloons but the stiffened chassis and stronger brakes make them drive a bit better. Mayflower, despite its staid, shrunken Rolls’ looks, employs a more modern chassis and handled surprisingly okay for its time.

Values

There’s huge gap between the models. A right on Roadster can sell for almost £40 grand and good alternatives for £25,000 whereas saloon values are a quarter of these – £10,000 buys the best Renown with Mayflower prices 50 per cent less making them on par with a Herald.

Timeline

1946 1800 and 2000 saloon and Roadster ranges launched with coach-built bodies not dissimilar to Morgan practice

1948 2000 replaces 1800 using Standard Vanguard engine and transmission

1949 Renown replaces 2000 saloon (the former which ran for only a year), now employing a Standard Vanguard chassis. Smaller Mayflower also introduced with old side valve 1.2-litre engine with an alloy head. Threespeed transmission like its bigger brothers. Mostly saloons although ten dropheads were also made

1952 Renown gains added three inches in wheelbase for more passenger room. A glass partition was duly placed behind the driver – very regal on this model while a radio and heater came as standard, as well

Best models

Roadsters


Elegant and very exclusive, they are already gaining value. Later 2000 is best despite only having a three-speed transmission

Renown


Reckoned the best of the saloons due to the fact that it sported a modified, longer Standard Vanguard chassis with its coil spring front suspension

Mayflower


An intriguing smaller scale Rolls-looking saloon that represents very good value on the market although terribly sedate from its side-valve engine

Top five faults

Help

While not as popular or common as TRs, there’s still a strong support from the Triumph Roadster Club which boasts almost 50 members while the Razoredge Owners’ Club (TROC) purely caters for the saloons.

Parts

Roadsters, in particular, posses good sparter-based Triumphroadsterparts. com, plus look to JC Whitley, and MEV Spares for generic bits. As 2000 is basically a Standard Vanguard, look to their owners’ clubs.

Engine

Later 2000 unit is essentially TR which means durability, endless rebore potential and easy parts and tuning gear supply. 1800 weak and prone head gasket failure.

Running gear

Bugatti style brakes need special parts (Land Rover bits fit but incorrect). Lots of grease points worn linkages, 1800 gearboxes are becoming rare.

Rust

Check everywhere plus the numerous wooden structures and chassis frames in their entirety – repairs will be very expensive so beware that bargain buy.



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