1950 Triumph TRX
Triumph TRX, 1950 - The central filler cap is used as a tail motif
Triumph TRX, 1950 - Flush sides are relieved by a long moulding line
Triumph TRX, 1950 - The concealed headlamps are here shown in the open position
Triumph TRX, 1950 - The bonnet top opens to either side and is also removable
Triumph TRX, 1950 - The spacious luggage boot
Triumph TRX, 1950 - Interior - Grouped instruments and inbuilt radio in the facia
Triumph TRX, 1950 - Brochure Cover
The British Triumph Roadster at the Paris Auto Show - Photo: Gordon Parks
1950 Triumph TRX 'Silver Bullet' Roadster - Three prototypes built
The Triumph TRX concept which was unveiled at the 1950 London Motor Show was a aerodynamic, aluminium-bodied roadster based on a slightly stretched Standard Vanguard platform.
The electrically operated headlight covers were unusual for the time and gave the TRX an extremely clean appearance from the front. Electrically controlled hydraulics were used to adjust the position of the bench-style seat, raise and lower the convertible roof, and deploy the built-in hydraulic jacks.
The Triumph TRX was powered by a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine with twin carburetors. In total just 3 TRX prototypes were constructed. Two are still in existence, while the third sadly caught fire and was destroyed.
The TRX never spawned a similarly styled production model. Instead Triumph opted to manufacture the Triumph TR2. Both the TRX and the TR2 were designed by Walter Belgrove.