BF Classified: 1953 Triumph TDC Limousine

Seller’s Description: An unrestored Survivor with all Original features and equipment. Right Hand Drive, 3 Speed Manual Column Shift with the rare Laycock Overdrive Unit. The Original Engine was freshened up to include a new clutch assembly. Interior, electricals, brakes, exhaust, and fuel system will need to be addressed. Brand New Allstate Period tires, Original full-size hub caps along with tools and Kelly Maintenance Manual all included. Very solid steel body with OEM Aluminium Doors. Beautiful stainless outside. Glass is good except for the right rear flat door glass which is missing. The title is a 1964 Signed and Notarized Clear Maryland open document. Located in Maryland near BWI AIRPORT. Available for viewing by appointment only and please don’t be rude or abusive when contacting me.

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Triumph Walk About:

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Misc Tools and Parts

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Price: $3500
Location: Glen Burnie MD
Mileage: 39,000
Title Status: Clean
VIN: TDC2122LIMO

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Comments

  1. Indy Guy

    Seller will need to provide better and more pics to justify the $60,000 asking price.

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  2. Scott Marquis

    Not much point in listing without a useful set of photos.

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  3. Rodney - GSM

    “Photos? We don’t need no stinking photos”

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    • Weasel

      Hey, don’t be rude or abusive.

      That was a joke.

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    • DAVID Eugene Pilcher

      Don’t know why my posting did not go up, but I have one of the 5 Limos known to be in the US. There were only 193 made (190 in 1952 and 3 in 1954). Two of the last three are in the US having been made for Fergus Motors in NY. One is in Des Moines and the other remains in NY. Those two and mine are the only drivers. this car and the 5th (also here in the DFW TX area) are in serious need of restoration. Mine was the 17th car built and the oldest survivor I’ve been able to locate.
      So this is a rare car, but I can tell you even a properly restored Renown Limo will not bring $60K. An a good day, I’d be surprised to get 2/3rds that for a really nice one.

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      • Brakeservo

        Your post confirms my observation that even a Rolls-Royce limo in good running older restored condition can be bought for $30,000 to $35,000 or even $25,000 if the seller is desperate or discouraged. And as much as I like Triumphs (I’ve owned TR2, TR3, TR3A and TR3B) I would never pay Rolls-Royce money for one! Actually, I’ve owned more Rolls Royces than Triumphs. The seller could/should reply here unless he’s now just given up. From what little I can see, he’s got about $2500 (reality bites) in street rod material.

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  4. Steve Bush Member

    Thanks redwagon for the pics. Now we at least know what it’s supposed to look like, although we still have no idea of what kind of shape this one is in. Don’t claim to be an expert on these, but $60k seems somewhat high for one in less than near perfect shape. Surely, someone on this forum can further enlighten us.

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    • Blyndgesser

      No one buys a $60k restoration project based on five photos.

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  5. HalLucy

    I have a ’51Renown in what looks like similar condition. I paid $1500 about a decade ago. Mine is not a limo, however.

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  6. ccrvtt

    ” please don’t be rude or abusive when contacting me.” – after 45 years in retail I can sympathize with this sentiment. Some people brighten a room when they enter it, others brighten it when they leave. However the seller seems to have some degree of naivete and timidity given the asking price and shortage of pictures. Perhaps it would be helpful if one of the BF staff were to suggest a more definitive marketing approach.

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  7. Bob

    Sometimes a car is listed like this in a divorce case. One party doesn’t want to sell it and tells the other party, “I listed it and nobody was interested”

    Just a thought.

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    • Rodney - GSM

      …yes, and the lawyer on the other side would scream “foul” so loud the remaining paint would fall off the car. Just another thought…

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    • Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

      Or the beginning of Alzheimers or another ailment striking an older owner. I cleared out a barn full of TR3 scrap and one whole car a number of years ago and the wife of the seller also had a Triumph saloon (can’t remember which model) in the corner. She said her husband was displaying early signs of dementia but wanted to sell that car himself. So, you never know what someone is going through to offer so little in the way of photos and so much vinegar in their writing. Now revised pricing…$6000. That’s a little better.

  8. Richard

    I know nothing of these cars but I do own several odd euro cars from the 1950’s and the mileage on this is nothing special. My cars have 28k, 16k, 41k, and 19k. Many euro cars from that era were not built To go 100k. This one looks like a complete, costly resto is in order. For $60k it must be very special and unique.

  9. Bob

    Looks like a late 40’s 1800 or 2000 built from 1946 to 1949, although the early 50’s Renown were similar in appearance. They were euphemistically referred to as the “Baby Rolls.” A fellow Triumph club member restored a ’49 2000 to a reasonable standard, and he made sometimes a few bucks chauffeuring wedding parties. His widow struggled to get a sale price in the teens. Sixty large seems optimistic for a project.

    • DAVID Eugene Pilcher

      The Saloon version of the 1800 and 2000 Roadsters was the precursor to the Renown. When the Roadster ceased production in 1949, the saloon was popular enough to continue on as the Renown. Same Chassis and drive train as the Roadster. In 1952, Triumph stretched the frame by 3 inches, added the sliding glass window over the fixed front seat, put a heater under the front seat for the back and made 190 Limos (TDC2001 to 2190). The plan was to go back to the shorter frame and continue with the standard Renown but they decided to keep the longer configuration through 1954. In 54, Fergus Motors ordered 3 more Limos (two of those survive).
      I would hate to see this one become a hot/rat rod, but it’s more likely to end up that way than to be restored.

  10. Brakeservo

    This is a Barn Finds Classified. That means the seller paid money to list it here so I feel bad making a comment or two that might be construed as negative, but this listing is so egregious it’s hard to let it just go. $60,000 for a rough, worn-out Triumph Renown Limousine?? That much money will get you a near perfect restored 1930s era Rolls-Royce 20/25 or 25/30 limousine with change back! A limousine, while maybe perceived by the hoi polloi as the most prestigious and exclusive when new, is now the least desirable body style for collecors today. Any limousine is awkward to drive, most are too big and won’t fit a standard garage or parking space and on an old British limousine, very uncomfortable to drive as they were designed for the typically small and undernourished chauffeur of perhaps 5’3″ stature and no more than 105 lbs. Most modern Americans won’t fit behind the wheel. Perhaps the price is a typo – $6000 appears to be overly optimistic as well but perhaps the seller said, “Aw, to heck with it, let’s see if anyone bites.” One has to wonder what the history of this car was. Triumph’s Sir John Black drove a Bentley convertible – it was a no-sale at Mecum’s 2016 Monterey auction. Maybe it was a car for shuttling Triumph customers home after dropping their cars off for repair. Who else would have had use for a Triumph limousine??

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  11. Bill McCoskey

    Howard,

    As usual, you’ve said what needed to be said, in a kind manner. The owner is dreaming if he thinks this car is worth more than about $6k.

    I’ve got a huge [compared to this car] Austin Princess Limousine, left hand drive, loaded with all options including front & rear A/C, sold new to the British Government in New York City, for use of the British Royal Family [with documentation]. It’s in similar condition, currently for sale, and I can’t get $10k for it.

    Like 1
    • Brakeservo

      But my name’s not Howard . . .

      Like 1
      • Bill McCoskey

        Whoops! sorry ’bout that. That’s what I get for not proofreading! The comment still stands, You and Howard are both notorious for saying the right things, and providing correct info.

        Like 1
  12. chrlsful

    Rodney quotes a famous comedian’s line ina movie:
    “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.”

    Many of us do it substituting another wrd for ‘badges”. It is a bit of an inside joke (“yeah, right! boomer”) for the boomers as it was spoken by John Belushi.

    It, personally, got a gu-wff outta me. Do Not be disturbed by it…

    Like 1
    • Rodney - GSM

      Actually, its origins are “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) spoken by Alfonso Bedoya.

    • Rodney - GSM

      Actually it is “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948)
      Spoken by Alfonso Bedoya.

      Like 1
  13. R.Scot

    “Don’t be Rude or Abusive.” Just to make a clarification in which one. or the other, is requested to be refrained while inquiring about the car, which can be a difficult decision when making such an inquiry. If an interested rude AND abusive buyer is to contact the seller, would that be acceptable?

    Like 1
  14. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Pricing revised. Now, more photos from the outside of the car please!

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