The Triumph Razor Edge Owners’ Club Ltd
The TROC caters for the large Triumph Razoredge saloons – the 1800, 2000 and Renown –produced by Standard Triumph from 1946 to 1954. There are detail differences between these cars as can be seen later, but the overall appearance is largely similar. Triumph even offered a limousine version of the Renown that was built in small numbers. The large Triumph Razoredge cars are often confused with the small Razoredge model from the same stable, the Triumph Mayflower. The Mayflower is catered for by a separate club – the Triumph Mayflower Club.
In the late 1930s when the overall shape of cars was tending to be more rounded, and streamlining was in fashion, there was also a move in a very different direction, towards sharper edges or “razoredge” styling - by certain English coachbuilders. This design concept was thought more elegant by some compared with mass-produced cars. This style was also called “knife–edge” in some publications; this term has more or less died out in favour of “razoredge”. Hand-built bodies were usually fitted to luxury makes like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Daimler and other chassis, when the so called “carriage trade” allowed wealthy people to order a variety of styles from different coachbuilders, on their choice of chassis. With mass produced cars, one bought the complete vehicle, body and chassis. Notable exponents of razordedge styling included Hooper, Freestone & Webb and others. Indeed Hooper persisted with this style into the 1950s with its Empress line, mainly on Rolls-Royces and Daimlers.
The bodies on our cars were all coach built by Mulliners of Bordesley Green, Birmingham then fitted to the chassisthat was made by Standard Triumph in Coventry. This firm shared its name with other Mulliner coach-building firms (e.g. H J Mulliner and Arthur Mulliner) but with whom there was no financial connection.
Dinky introduced a model of the Triumph 1800 saloon in 1946 that was in production for around 5 years – longer than the real car. Many owners can trace their affection for this car back to ownership of the Dinky model. Have you got any photos or reminiscences of our cars? If so, please get in touch with John Bath, the TROC Historian by phone: 0208 330 0013 (London area) after 8pm weekdays or anytime at weekends. All material will be acknowledged on receipt and returned after copying.
There was also a more detailed 1/43 scale model in Grey, Black or Maroon (three of the four actual Triumph colours, the other being Jade Green) from Lansdowne, number LDM08. These are based on the 1954 TDC model, complete with the radiator cap mascot.
The different types of car
There are 5 different versions of Triumph Razoredge within our club:
Triumph 1800 produced from 1946 to 1949 with the commission (chassis) number preceded by TD, 3999 cars were made.
Triumph 2000 produced in 1949 only with a TDA prefix to the chassis number, 2000 cars were made.
Triumph Renown produced from 1949 to 1952 with a TDB prefix to the chassis number, 6501 cars were made.
Triumph Renown Limousine produced from 1951 to 1954 with a TDC prefix and LIM suffix to the chassis number, 191 cars were made.
Triumph Renown produced from 1952 to 1954 with a TDC prefix, 2609 cars made.
The difference between these cars is mostly as described below:
The Triumph 1800 Town and Country Saloon has a 4-cylinder 1776cc engine similar to that used in the Jaguar 1.5 litre saloon. The gearbox is a four speed column change unit, with the gear-lever to the right of the steering wheel. The chassis is tubular with a transverse leaf spring for the front suspension.
The Triumph 2000 TDA of 1949 is very similar in outward appearance to the 1800, but has the Standard Vanguard 2088cc engine and drivetrain.
The Triumph Renown TDB introduced in January1950 has the 4-cylinder 2088cc engine as used in the equivalent Standard Vanguard. The gearbox is a three speed column change unit, with the gear-lever to the left of the steering wheel. The chassis is box-girder with independent coil springs for the front suspension. There were lever-type door handles, and a smaller rear window than the preceding or following models. The stylised ‘flaming torch’ radiator mascot was introduced only after the first 3,000 models had been produced.
The Triumph Renown TDC introduced in January 1952 has the same Standard Vanguard 2088cc engine and drivetrain, but the chassis was lengthened by 3 inches to give easier access and improved leg-room for rear seat passengers. (This chassis length was originally developed for the 191 ‘Limousine’ models produced starting in 1951, featuring a fixed front seat and a partition with a sliding glass window between the front and rear compartments.) The rear window on the TDC reverted to the larger size, and door-handles became push-button operated.
TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENTS DURING THE TDB/TDC YEARS
by John Bath, Club Historian
The Club obtained, early in its history, the official Standard-Triumph records relating to the engineering changes for the TDB and TDC models. These records deal mostly with the mechanical aspects only, not the various bodywork and ‘optional items’ changes. It might be of assistance to owners of TDB and TDC Razoredges to note exactly where their own car comes along this timeline.
STANDARD TRIUMPH PAINT DETAILS C 1952
by Tom Robinson
During one of those periodic clear outs of paperwork I came across some details concerning paints applied to the cars in the Standard Triumph range around 1952 and I thought members might find the information of interest. Although not dated, the latest vehicle covered appears to be the TR2 and as the TR3 appeared in 1953, I can assume that 1952 is about right.
As far as I am aware, our Razoredge throughout its production was available in the standard colours of Black, Grey, Jade Green and Maroon. We do know that for special orders, Coventry would consider two colour schemes and non-standard colours, but these were extremely rare occurrences.
What is interesting about the document is that in some instances, against the colour specification, the statement ‘all models’ appears. I assume this to be an error by the creator of the document; as far as I am aware, no variation from the four colours I have just stated was readily available for our cars, so the mention of Comet Blue as available is interesting.
Note that there is no reference to Maroon as a colour available by this date. I wonder if this is correct?
If any members have anything further to add on this subject, I am sure the editor would be pleased to hear from you.