1981-1984 TRI­UMPH AC­CLAIM

It’s an ex­cel­lent over­all pack­age, the last ever Tri­umph and an im­por­tant piece of BL’s his­tory

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‘ 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.

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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.

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