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After run­ning our pro­ject X-Type for the last eight months (gosh, how time flies!), It made a re­fresh­ing change to pick up the keys for our lat­est pro­ject, the Tri­umph 2500TC Es­tate, and get back to some gen­uine clas­sic mo­tor­ing. Hav­ing said that, our 51-plate Jaguar proved how pre­mium mo­tor­ing in an emerg­ing clas­sic needn’t cost a for­tune and over those eight months our £325 bargain base­ment Jag has clocked up just over 9500 miles with­out caus­ing us too much grief or ex­tra ex­pense.

I’ve only been look­ing after our big brown Tri­umph for the last cou­ple of weeks, but so far it hasn’t blot­ted its copy book and drives re­ally well after a re­cent rolling road tune up. What’s nice about swan­ning around the Tri­umph is the amount of at­ten­tion it gets when out and about, far more than even our pro­ject XJS ever did while I was run­ning that.

The Tri­umph 2500 was a very pop­u­lar car back in the day and the other day an ex-traf­fic cop stopped me in a car park to say how much he en­joyed driv­ing his po­lice-spec Tri­umph 2500PI in the 1970s while he was on mo­tor­way pa­trol. Some com­ments I get are to­tally bizarre and the best quip came from a van driver who wound the win­dow down and shouted: “That’s a nice Stag Es­tate matey, don’t see many of them any more!”.

This leads me rea­son­ally smoothly into com­ment­ing about the MkI Ford Es­cort Twin Cam fea­tured as a Reader Resto in this is­sue. With the cost of the real McCoy now cost­ing up­wards of forty grand, this one is a very ac­cu­rate re­pro­duc­tion based from a two-door cook­ing ver­sion. Purists will no doubt hate the fact that a rare Er­mine White 1300XL MkI Es­cort was sac­ri­ficed to build yet an­other high per­for­mance ver­sion but at least an­other rusty small Ford was saved from the crusher.

If you’re go­ing to the Clas­sic Car Restora­tion Show at Birm­ing­ham’s NEC over the week­end of Fri­day March 31 and Sun­day April 2, come and say hi as I’ll be hov­er­ing around the Tri­umph 2000/2500 Reg­is­ter’s stand where mem­bers will be fit­ting a new set of crank­shaft thrust wash­ers to the 2500’s straight six.

Iain Wake­field­Manag­ing Ed­i­tor

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