Thanks to its use by TV's fictional Jersey detective Jim Bergerac, few post-war classics are as instantly recognisable as the Triumph Roadster. A landmark model in the history of the Coventry firm, the 1800 Roadster was one of the first post-war designs to bear the Triumph name. Standard was already supplying Jaguar with a 1,776cc overhead-valve engine and four-speed gearbox for the latter's 1½-Litre saloon, and these were chosen for the new car. The chassis - an all-new design featuring independent front suspension - comprised two large-diameter steel tubes joined by cross braces. Styled by Standard's Frank Callaby, the Roadster's elegant alloy-panelled body was unusual in retaining the dickey seat that had been a feature of the pre-war Triumph Dolomite Roadster Coupé. Launched in March 1946 alongside its sister car, the 1800 Saloon, the Roadster was not revised until 1948 when it received the 2.1-litre engine, three-speed gearbox and rear axle of the newly introduced Standard Vanguard, which would also be used in Triumph's TR sports cars. When Roadster production ceased the following year a total of 4,501 of these characterful cars had been built.
Previously registered 'GUY 54', this Roadster 2000 was owned from March 1978 to at least July 2001 by Guy Talbot, whose fascinating account of his time with the car is on file (perusal recommended). The obviously very enthusiastic and fastidious Mr Talbot evidently spent to a lot of time bringing the Triumph up to scratch, including having a new radiator core made (1998), overhauling the braking system (1999) and having the engine rebuilt twice, most recently in 1999 when a new crankshaft was installed. He also replaced many incorrect parts, carried out extensive cosmetic improvements and had the interior refurbished. In more recent times the Triumph has formed part of a private collection in the Republic of Ireland. The car is offered with Irish registration papers, some old MoT certificates and a copy of its Swansea V5 document. The DVLA has confirmed that it is still registered, and a new V5C is expected to be available at time of sale. Described as in generally good condition, this delightful Triumph Roadster affords the prospect of enjoyable summer motoring in not inconsiderable style.