1970-73 TRI­UMPH 1500

Pretty, well-ap­pointed and highly us­able Bri­tish clas­sic

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The Tri­umph Dolomite Sprint sets clas­sic hearts – and wal­lets – alight, but the more pedes­trian 1500 is still much un­der­rated and out of the lime­light.

Which seems strange, be­cause it has a lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior (with al­lur­ingly com­fort­able seats), front-wheel drive, am­ple torque and good han­dling. It’s ar­guably one of the best-look­ing ve­hi­cles of its era, too, thanks to its Mich­e­lotti styling. The con­trols are light and easy to use, the brakes are servo-as­sisted and the en­gine is good for 80mph.

Though we’ve ma­jored on the Tri­umph 1500, the smaller 1300 and Toledo are also prime can­di­dates for the crit­i­cal list and are both well worth con­sid­er­ing, par­tic­u­larly if you’re look­ing for a clas­sic car that’s also a use­ful fam­ily saloon.

BUY­ING TIPS

check the head­lamps, front valance and door bot­toms, the trail­ing edge of the bootlid and the boot floor for rot, as well as the in­ner wings and sill edges.

Blocked drain holes lead to rot­ten bulk­heads.

a worn thrust washer causes camshaft float, worn col­umn cou­plings af­fect the steer­ing rack.

119 lEFT

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