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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