1981-1984 TRIUMPH ACCLAIM
It’s an excellent overall package, the last ever Triumph and an important piece of BL’s history
‘ Totally equipped to Triumph’ was how BL advertised the new Triumph Acclaim, probably muttering ‘but it’s a Honda Ballade really!’ under its breath. Desperate for a mid-range car to replace several ageing models in its lineup, BL found a lifeline in Honda, which agreed for the Ballade to be built under licence as the Triumph Acclaim.
BL managed to shift a total of 133,000 Acclaims, which brought vital revenue to a company that was in less than rude financial health at the time, though it turned out to be the last car to bear the Triumph name.
Many eventually went to careful senior private buyers, so a prolonged intensive search should net you a low-mileage example in extremely good order.
Rust spots abound, particularly the rear wheelarches, the closing panels in the boot and the rear seatbelt anchor points.
The sides of the car are one complete pressing, incorporating the sills, though repair sections are said to be relatively easy to fit.
Uneven running is often as a result of a weak carburettor idle jet or failure of the advance/ retard mechanism on the distributor.