Every so often, a car comes through our doors that really peaks our interest. This 1959 Triumph Italia 2000 is just one of those cars. This vehicle belongs to a long-time friend of British Sports Cars and was a vehicle that we had heard about for over twenty years, yet we had never laid eyes on it. One day we got a call from our friend saying that the car was now owned by his daughter and she would like to have it restored. These are very cool cars that started life as TR3s but were sent to Italy and re-bodied by Vignale.
On arrival here at British Sports Cars, we found the Italia 2000 to be in very poor condition. The car had sat outside for many years and suffered from severe rust as well as body damage. The car was mostly complete, which was a good sign, as any new parts would have to be fabricated. When these cars were new, the owners were made to sign a waiver stating that parts would not be available due to such limited production of these vehicles.
Luckily the chassis and drive train on this vehicle was basically stock TR3, so getting mechanical parts was not a problem. When it came to repairing the body and making all those hard to find parts, we turned to our friends right next door to us, SLO Works Welding and Fabrication. Hank Van Gaale of SLO Works did an excellent job of fabricating everything we needed for this special vehicle.
The rest of the restoration proved to be pretty straightforward with just a few minor snags here and there, including tracking down the correct window moldings and rubber seals. Luckily, Re-Originals, a Texas-based parts supplier was able to source everything we needed. It did take some time but what we received was exactly like they used when new.
The car came out beautiful and we could not be happier with the restoration. The owner was very pleased the day she came to pick up the car and was even in tears at times. This car had been in her family for many years and was the car she had learned to drive in.
Nothing makes us happier than seeing a pleased client. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have or post your comments.