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RAZOREDGES. 1946-1954

The socalled "Razoredge Triumphs",  named because of its sharp edged lines at the rear, on the bonnet or at the roof, were built by Mulliner's Coachbuilders, after the 2nd World War and were the only Triumph saloons untill the appearance of the 2000-2500 range during the 60ties.

The nicknamed Razoredge Triumphs included an 1800 and 2000 version next to the smaller Mayflower^and the "Town & Country" but they were the first post War Triumphs built and their design remembered at the Bentley at that time, which was certainly no coincidence.the vastly bombed Triumph Plants had been bulldozered into the ground together with all blueprints, plans and tools, one decided to install Standard Vanguard engines and drivetrains, both the 4 and 6 cylinders. All the successors after 1954 were badged as Standards, whereas the sportscars were all Triumphs,  until the Michelotti appeared and the Standard name was dropped in favour of Triumph. As the Razoredges had pretty curved wings and impressive radiator grilles, the new line looked ugly and clumsy, just as many US American cars those days, only smaller.also built for Bentley, Daimler or Rolls Royce.


TRIUMPH 1800 and 2000 Roadster. 1946-1949

This model was the first Post War Triumph badged car, but still had design elements from Pre War vehicles - like the huge seperated front wings and recessed radiator, or the seperate lights. It reminds quite much at the Pre War Jaguar SS, which is no happenstance because the Triumph Chief Belgrove already wanted to rival Sir Walter Lyons Jaguar  before the War, that is why the design was very similar.
SS stands for Standard Swallow, because Sir Lyon used  engines and chassis which were provided by the Standard Company.
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The 1800-2000 allowed only gentle cruising and weren't really sporty, it's speciality was the "Mother in law seats" in the boot, which sounds a bit mischievous, as the ragtop could only cover the front seats - whereas the boot seats were brutally offered to the rain.
The 1800 accelerated in 34 seconds up to 100 Km, the 2000 in 27 seconds, both had a Vmax of 124 Km/h.
Because steel was rare just after the World War, the panels were made of aluminium, threrefore rust was no problem, with the same tool which were used months before, building Mosquito Bombers for the RAF, the panels of the Roadster was assembled now. There were only about 4000 built, which made the Roadster a rare sight today therefore quite highly priced compared with other Triumphs.
The Roadster was for many years until to the appearance of the STAG, the only bigger cabriolet with 4 seats and two doors.


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