OWNER’S VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

TOM OVER­TON

‘My first car was a Dolomite Sprint; I re­built it prior to go­ing to univer­sity and after sell­ing it was de­ter­mined to buy an­other. I bought this Carmine red 1978 car about seven years ago through the Dolomite Club web­site – but only once I’d man­aged to ac­quire a garage to keep it in. It’s in to­tally orig­i­nal con­di­tion and was a twoowner 28,000-mile car when I ac­quired it. It was still in need of work though, be­cause it had been stand­ing for some time, which doesn’t do them any good at all. The cool­ing sys­tem, prop­shaft, and sus­pen­sion all needed over­haul­ing and lower sec­tions of the body­work and the wings were suf­fer­ing with cor­ro­sion and poor pre­vi­ous re­pairs. It’s due an­other re­build so I’m col­lect­ing the parts that I’ll need. Body pan­els are re­ally rare but I’m keen to keep it as orig­i­nal as pos­si­ble. I’ve since cov­ered a fur­ther 12,000 miles in it and use it as much as pos­si­ble, espe­cially on club events. I did the Club Tri­umph Round Bri­tain Re­li­a­bil­ity Run in it last year – it was gru­elling, but great fun and the car per­formed fault­lessly.’

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