Cohort Classic: 1948 Triumph 1800 Roadster – The World’s Smallest Dual-Cowl Phaeton?

The immediate postwar years were not exactly some of England’s best, car-design or otherwise. While still deeply rooted in the classic era, many new post-war models tried to incorporate more modern design. Among the more unfortunate was the Triumph 1800 Roadster, referred to as “Toadster” by at least one observer. Despite its odd proportions, it does have one rather curious feature: a “dickey seat”, essentially a rumble seat with its own windscreen.

This Triumph was shot by CC Cohort poster CJCars. In this view, we can already see something unusual–sort of the opposite of the cargo privacy screen on hatchbacks and wagons.

I found this shot of the dickey seat in action at Wikipedia. The trunk lid flips back, and the little paned panel flips up. Obviously, getting in and out of the dickey seat was less than easy. But here is undoubtedly one of the world’s smallest dual-cowl phaetons.

Here’s the front view showing its very traditional face, whose front fenders alone far exceed a desirable thickness. It looks all plumped up. Although the 1800 Roadster was not a success, it led to the coming of Triumph’s big breakthrough roadster, the TR-2.