In the beginning . . .
The Triumph Italia 2000 is a limited production coupé built on the Triumph TR3 chassis between 1958 and 1962. The design was by Giovanni Michelotti with the body built by Carrozzeria Vignale, all at the request of the Standard-Triumph importer for Italy, Dr. Salvatore Ruffino.
Dr. Ruffino reasoned that Triumph could use a more upscale addition to their existing offerings. His plan called for a small run of 1000 cars with one car displayed in each Standard-Triumph dealer throughout the world. After reviewing designs from a number of coachbuilders, Dr. Ruffino decided upon the one submitted by Giovanni Michelotti. When circumstances forced Triumph to abandon it's part in the distribution of the Italia, Dr. Ruffino proceeded with the project on his own and approximately 300 were built.
As this web site is a personal endeavor and not a commercial one, it is a work in progress. We have lots of historical information and photographs to add. Personal stories, information and photos are always gladly considered. Our goal is to provide the most accurate and complete information available on the Italia. Some details are lost to time but, with the invaluable help of many Italia owners, we now have a reasonably complete history.
I would like to express my gratitude to Jörg von Appen. Without Jörg's invaluable assistance and perseverance much about the Italia would remain a mystery.
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