How many times have we said, I should have kept that car. In my lifetime I have owned a host of mostly British cars, did have a couple of European and a few North American models. Over the years I have lusted over this model or that model, never satisfied with the car I owned at that particular time. However, one beautiful car stands out in my mind, the 1946 Triumph 1800 Roadster. Alas I never owned one but have driven one, I also liked the Triumph Renown 2000, it was known as the Razor Edge model because of its sharp edges. The smallest model and probably the least successful was the Triumph Mayflower. Many of these were exported to the US and Canada, and I have come close to buying one. The Roadster and Renown where more scarce over here, a few were sold in the US but I don’t think many ever came to Canada..
- The two seater roadster was by far the nicest car and came with a most unusual feature for a British car, it had a rumble seat!
- The rumble seat even had its own windshield, model A’s can’t claim that extra luxury eh!!! Sadly, as beautiful as these cars were their success was quite limited. Prices were high and competition tough, all the auto manufactures were in a race to produce modern new designs. The Second World War was over and the troops were coming home, a new era was beginning. The new generations wanted something modern, sleek, fast and powerful. Alas the four cylinder Triumphs did not meet that demand in the export market. By 1952 Triumph had moved on to the new line of TR’s, a sporty little two seater. This car became a hit and moved onto new and improved models such as the TR3 – TR4 – TR6. I have owned a variety of them but still crave the older Roadster! There are a few for sale today but now well beyond my means. Nevertheless, its nice to reminisce of the cars of yesteryear.
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