Launched in 1963, the Triumph 2000 was a sharply styled mid-size executive car designed to fill a gap in the market, positioned slightly below the Rover P5 and Jaguar range.
Triumph obviously got their marketing right, as just a week before launch, Rover unveiled their own new car, the P6 2000. Designed to do exactly the same job, both companies had developed their individual products in complete secrecy, the two cars successfully dominating the market sector for some years.
The Triumph used a 1,998cc Vanguard derived six-cylinder engine which, combined with twin Stromberg carbs, developed 90bhp. This was more refined than Rover’s four-cylinder unit giving the car a distinct competitive advantage in this area, its all-round independent coil sprung suspension giving it excellent handling and ride characteristics along with a very rorty exhaust note. Braking came from servo-assisted discs at the front and drums on the rear.
As the original purchase invoice reveals, this wonderful Triumph 2000 was supplied new by Northdown Motor Company of Margate for the princely sum of £1,207. It was acquired by the vendor in 2003 to join his large private collection in Northern Ireland. He lovingly restored it at considerable expense as a nod to happy childhood memories of just such a car.
The restoration was carried out to a high standard and the car presents exceedingly well with gleaming powder blue and black paintwork, sparkling chrome and a beautifully retrimmed blue leatherette interior. A modern digital radio with period style knobs is hidden discreetly behind a centre console flap.
The car comes with a good history file including handbooks, an original service book showing 15 old stamps, 10 old mots, original purchase invoice and a large file of invoices for parts and maintenance dating back to July 1965. It is highly unusual to find a 2000 in this marvellous state and we like it a lot!