'Colchester Triumph 2000' lathe, c 1970s.
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The first production Triumph 2000 lathe was built in February 1968. It was a revolution in styling and specification, with distinctive 'square' styling, ergonomically designed controls, and a bright exterior finish. The Triumph 2000 acquired a reputation as a robust, well-made lathe with combination of capacity, speed and ease of use. This made it ideal as a general-purpose industrial lathe and, because of its modest price it was also affordable to small machine shops and ambitious experienced amateurs.