Styled by Frank Callaby, the Triumph 1800 Roadster was a flamboyant mix of 1930s styling cues and boasted what was reputedly the last dickie seat to be incorporated into a production car. Bodied in 'Birmabright' aluminium alloy over ash (save for its steel pontoon front wings), the Roadster was underpinned by a tubular ladder-frame chassis featuring independent front suspension, a 'live' rear axle and four-wheel drum brakes. Powered by a 1776cc OHV four-cylinder engine (shared with the contemporary Jaguar range) allied to four-speed column-change manual transmission, the model was reputedly capable of 80mph. Superseded by a larger-engined version in 1948, just 2,501 1800 Roadsters are thought to have been made.
The righthand drive example currently being sold is described by the vendors as 'sound' and is 'as original' aside of the sensible addition of an electric fuel pump. Full of charm, all 'GRK 452' needs is a willing new keeper to begin another chapter of spirited wind-in-the hair motoring.