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The Triumph Italia 2000
The Italia 2000 GT (to call it by its full
name) was produced over the period 1959 to 1963. Produced is a relative term when it comes
to Italias, since something less than 300 were ever made. Serious marketing efforts in the
U.S. included each original owner having to sign a contract that included among its
clauses the fact that no body panels or trim pieces were available as spares! Couple that
fact with the $5000 list price, which was perilously close to that of an E-type Jag or
fuelie Corvette, and you can imagine that the average U.S. sports car buyer didnt
exactly beat down the doors to purchase one.
Some cars sat on dealers lots for over two years before being discounted and
eventually purchased.Italias were produced by a combination of Standard-Triumph (rolling,
engined chassis and components), and Vignale (body manufacture). The Italia was produced
with the blessing of Standard-Triumph, but was not an official Triumph model.
Commission Numbers and Overall
Production Figures . At best, determining commission numbers and production figures of
Italias is a guessing game. Here are the facts we do know:
There were 297 TR-3A/B
chassis delivered to Italy to be made into Italias
One of the first ch.
numbers is TS51639LCO - this is the vehicle Standard-Triumph tested in
The last 30 cars were
made on TSF501 through TSF530, the last 30 TR-3B first series chassis.
All cars had both the
TR-3A/B commission plate and a " Vignale number" ; they were NOT kept in chassis
order when bodied.
Numerous changes were
||4-cil. - 1991 cm³ - 101
hbp - Max 200 km/h
||394x145x124 cm - 975 kg.
Export : The Italia nr58 is the only one known to be in Canada.
About 20 are known to exist in the U.S.A
The history of the
Italia has been well documented over the years but in summary, the car was designed by
Giovanni Michellotti in 1958 and went into limited production in the following year.The
hand built bodies were fitted to complete TR3 chassis that were delivered from Coventry to
the Italian factory.
The plan appeared to be
to produce about 1000 cars and supply at least one to every Standard-Triumph agent
around the world. In reality with the arrival of the TR4 these plans were scuppered as
Standard-Triumph were rather keener to promote their new model rather than someone
else's.The result was that around 350 cars were sold although no one is sure precisely.
Around fifty examples of this beautiful car are thought to survive today.