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‘A cut above ri­val Ford, Vaux­hall and Chrysler sa­loons’

Most en­thu­si­asts will im­me­di­ately think of TRs when dis­cus­sion turns to Tri­umphs, but the Coven­try man­u­fac­turer turned out a suc­ces­sion of highly com­pe­tent, at­trac­tive and well-built fam­ily and busi­ness cars. To­day th­ese of­ten­hand­some sa­loons of­fer great value for money, and make highly us­able clas­sics.

Those Tri­umph mod­els in­clude the big­ger 2000/2500/2.5 mod­els, as well as the 1300, Toledo, 1500 and Dolomite ranges. Touted as a cut above sim­i­lar-sized Ford, Chrysler and Vaux­hall sa­loons, the of­fer­ing ap­pealed to the gen­teel and the more en­thu­si­as­tic driver, while oc­cu­pants were cos­seted in (for the time, at least) rea­son­ably plush and com­fort­ble in­te­ri­ors.

Brightwells’ last sale saw a 1977 2500S sa­loon away for £6500, while the pre­vi­ous auc­tion sold a 1965 2000 MkI sa­loon for £6100.

‘They have good Mich­e­lotti styling and of­fer de­cent per­for­mance with smooth six-cylin­der en­gines and a com­fort­able ride. They are quite spa­cious so you can take friends and fam­ily along,’ says Brightwells’ James Den­ni­son.

‘They are easy to main­tain with plen­ti­ful spares avail­abil­ity and re­spond well to tun­ing. It all adds up to a very prac­ti­cal clas­sic, em­i­nently suited to daily use and also good for tak­ing part in the pop­u­lar se­ries of road ral­lies run by Club Tri­umph. They are also getting pretty thin on the ground now but the low­ish val­ues mean that rough ones aren’t re­ally worth restor­ing so peo­ple are happy to pay £5k-£7k for re­ally nice ones.’

While the big 2000/2500/2.5 mod­els make rare but suc­cess­ful auc­tion ap­pear­ances, the smaller four-door mod­els, and the Dolomite in par­tic­u­lar, of­fer good value for money. The range-top­ping per­for­mance Dolomite Sprint rep­re­sents ex­cel­lent value when com­pared with per­for­mance Es­corts, and of­fers the ad­van­tage of four­doors and a plusher in­te­rior.

Also of­fer­ing a bet­ter in­te­rior and per­for­mance than same-era Vi­vas and Es­corts, as well as BMC 1100s/1300s, is the Tri­umph 1300, whose bodyshell mor­phed into the Toledo and its big­ger-en­gined 1500, which like the 1300 and un­like the Toledo, was front-wheel drive.

Brightwells’ March sale saw a Con­di­tion 2 1980 Dolomite Sprint bought for £4400 – in the same month Barons’ 1975 Toledo made £4180. In February Char­ter­house’s

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