<b>c.1937 Triumph 1.5 Liter Two Seater 'Brooklands' Special</b><br />Engine no. 12/10359

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c.1937 Triumph 1.5 Liter Two Seater 'Brooklands' Special
Bodywork in Aston Martin Ulster Style

Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium
c.1937 Triumph 1.5 Liter Two Seater 'Brooklands' Special
Bodywork in Aston Martin Ulster Style

Engine no. 12/10359

1.5 Litre 4-Cylinder OHV Engine
Single SU Carburetor
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension Front and Rear
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*1930s 'Special'
*Believed period coachwork on Triumph running gear
*Fresh engine rebuild
*Interesting project car offering a variety of options for completion


THE LATE 1930s TRIUMPH

Facing near bankruptcy in 1936, Triumph responded by reorganizing its finances and introducing a revitalized range of models, headed by the Dolomite. The old Coventry Climax-engined Gloria continued for 1937 but would soon be dropped, leaving Triumph for the first time with a line-up powered exclusively by engines of its own design and manufacture. These new all-alloy overhead-valve units were the work of Donald Healey and featured efficient cross-flow cylinder heads, which placed the inlet and exhaust ports on opposite sides, while the new four-speed gearbox boasted synchromesh on the top three ratios. The cruciform braced Dolomite chassis was basically similar in layout to that of the outgoing Gloria, being upswept at the front and under-slung at the rear, although slightly wider to permit the accommodation of roomier bodies. Sleek and well proportioned, the latter were the work of Walter Belgrove, one of Britain's foremost automotive stylists, though his adoption of an American-inspired 'waterfall' grille was not to everyone's taste. The Dolomite was available with a choice of engines: 1,496cc and 1,767cc fours and a 1,991cc six, the latter derived from the old Climax unit. Although the Dolomites were acknowledged as the best cars Triumph had ever built, the company could not make enough of them and, lacking resources to increase capacity, went into receivership in June 1939.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This enticing racing special comes to the public market for the first time as far as we have been able to investigate. It has resided with its current owner for at least two decades and was sourced by him quite by accident on a car sleuthing mission in Florida. Taken to a warehouse of cars that were mostly of German manufacture, this British based special was the only car that appealed to the seller and so he snapped it up.

Over the course of the last 20 or so years, despite the best intentions only the running gear has been attended to, with the engine being rebuilt by R&L Engines Inc. of New Hampshire, and wheels partially refurbished, other new loves jumping the line. This is perhaps a blessing, for in leaving it as is, its authenticity has not been masked. In Bonhams assessment it is simply an amalgam of a pre-war Triumph chassis with a very old body from another car. The running gear is clearly of the late 1930s Dolomite format described above. The more intriguing aspect is the bodywork, which has all the hallmarks of Aston Martin's famed Ulster Two Seaters, from its distinct domed tail, to the cabin area and the louvered hood with brackets for two straps. The bodywork is unquestionably old, carries multiple paint schemes and has a wholly consistent and honest patina.

When acquired the origins were suggested to have been a period Brooklands raced special, research, like the restoration have alluded the seller and this aspect now falls to the next owner. In all respects, it is an interesting automobile with a number of possible applications for restoration, in the truest Bonhams tradition for finds.

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<b>c.1937 Triumph 1.5 Liter Two Seater 'Brooklands' Special</b><br />Engine no. 12/10359
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<b>c.1937 Triumph 1.5 Liter Two Seater 'Brooklands' Special</b><br />Engine no. 12/10359
<b>c.1937 Triumph 1.5 Liter Two Seater 'Brooklands' Special</b><br />Engine no. 12/10359
<b>c.1937 Triumph 1.5 Liter Two Seater 'Brooklands' Special</b><br />Engine no. 12/10359
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