1970-73 TRIUMPH 1500
Pretty, well-appointed and highly usable British classic
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.
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.