Fascinating new images of the Triumph 2000 Innsbruck project have been unearthed by AROnline reader Alexander Glorieux. The photographs show styling sketches for the facelifted Triumph 2000, as well as a full-sized mock-up, which shows some interesting styling variations from the final, definitive production version.
Alexander said: ‘I have a couple of photo negatives that were previously owned by Giovanni Michelotti. I added a scan of negatives that are related to Triumph, showing two negatives of drawings of Triumph 2000 (TR) proposals, and four negatives of a car (or mock-up) that is similar to the Triumph 2000, but that doesn’t look 100% like a production car.’
The full-sized car, which was photographed at Michelotti’s styling studio in Italy, reveals that the car has its headlamps hidden behind horizontal slats. This styling trick was used in the earliest Stag prototype, which never made it into production.
The Innsbruck facelift of the original Triumph 2000 was seen as one of the more successful updates of a saloon in the industry at the time – would that have been the case had it retained the striking front end of this 1967 proposal?
Facelift styling sketches
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