Triumph - Triumph 1800 / 2000 Roadster

When Standard took over Triumph, it was decided a sports car was needed in the range. Pre war, Standard was the basis of many a Jaguar sports car, and it was time to try and revive this theme. Post war was a difficult time with steel shortage in the UK, so the 3 seater Triumph 1800 Roaster had an aluminium body, with the boot opening to provide space for 2 more, in what was called back in the 1920's a dickey seat. Well finished this Triumph certainly was, but a sports car it really was not, with a 0 to 60 mph time of over 34 seconds! Luckily Guernsey was not so big, so Bergerac could operate well enough using his Triumph Roaster to catch the criminals. For 1948 the engine capacity was increased to 2 litres (Triumph 2000 Roadster) with the Standard Vanguard engine, now with coil spring double wishbone front suspension replacing the leaf spring front suspension of the 1800 Roadster. Although this led to an improved 0 to 60 mph time of some 28 seconds, along with better handling, production ceased in 1949.

Triumph Roadster tyre size was 5.50x16 originally from the factory. Blockley make the 550x16 tyre that is the ideal fitment on the Roadster, which is a great handling period authentic looking high build cross ply tyre - do not be put off by the idea of a cross ply tyre which today are fairly poor handling tyres - the Blockley is very different! Owners who fit a radial tyre, fit the 185VR16 size. Blockley produce both of these tyres (cross ply and radial) for teh Triumph Roadster - See full details below:

Blockley Products for Triumph Triumph 1800 / 2000 Roadster


Blockley Radial

£196.00 (£235.20 inc. VAT)

550 x 16

Blockley 5 Stud L Section Crossply

£155.00 (£186.00 inc. VAT)

15/16 inch Rim Band (45mm wide)

Blockley Rim Band

£3.30 (£3.96 inc. VAT)