Tri­umph 2000 MkII

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Grant Ford

ENGINE 1998cc/6-cyl/OHV POWER 84bhp@5000rpm TORQUE 100lb ft@2900rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 96mph 0-60MPH 13.3 sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 21-28mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual + o/d MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 64,207 WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This two-owner ex­ec­u­tive saloon starts on the first turn of the key and once out on the open road, the per­for­mance be­lies its 48 years. The lack of as­sisted steer­ing is only a prob­lem when park­ing, while the han­dling is pre­cise with lit­tle body roll. Ac­cel­er­a­tion is sur­pris­ingly brisk and the over­drive switch of­fers an in­stant change – mo­tor­way speed cruis­ing is achieved at 2500rpm. Brak­ing is straight and true. Our test con­firmed this Tri­umph would make an ideal daily driver; as com­pe­tent through the coun­try lanes as around built up ar­eas. The cur­rent long-term owner has had the car for the last 48 years.


It’s un­re­stored and all orig­i­nal. The Lau­rel Green fin­ish is al­most un­blem­ished and there’s no rust – this Tri­umph truly re­quires lit­tle more than a wash and pol­ish. There’s one stone chip on the front panel and a minute touch-in on the bon­net, plus an­other two tiny chips on the off­side front wing and an­other on the rear of the near­side front wing. The chrome bumpers and trim are bright with no dents or marks. A driver’s side wind de­flec­tor is fit­ted. The un­der­side is very clean, with no ev­i­dence of weld­ing re­pairs or later reap­pli­ca­tion of un­der­seal.


The in­te­rior is so in-pe­riod it feels wrong to take to the driver’s seat with­out wear­ing bell-bot­tom trousers. The deep tan vinyl seats are wide and very com­fort­able with match­ing brown car­pet­ing that has been well pro­tected by over­mats. The fab­ric on the door cards has lifted slightly but is un­dam­aged and the wood fin­ish on both the door cap­pings and dash front would ben­e­fit from a light wax to re­turn the shine. All the switches op­er­ate cor­rectly, as do the gauges, aside from the fac­tory-fit­ted clock which only reads cor­rectly twice a day.


The engine bay is above av­er­age but of­fers en­thu­si­asts the chance to make slight im­prove­ments; with a few hours of ef­fort, a show stan­dard would be eas­ily achiev­able. The his­tory of this car tells of an RAF pi­lot who pur­chased it in 1970 for £1526 ac­cord­ing to the orig­i­nal bill of sale. He metic­u­lously main­tained the car over the next 48 years ac­cu­mu­lat­ing in­voices for parts pur­chased dat­ing back to 1977, but un­for­tu­nately the MoT his­tory only goes back to 2006.


For buy­ers who put orig­i­nal­ity be­fore any­thing else when pur­chas­ing their clas­sic this 2000 MkII is al­most the car that left the show­room nearly five decades ago. While there is room for im­prove­ment those tasks are mi­nor – this Tri­umph drives very well and its straight pan­els are cor­ro­sion-free. It will hap­pily take four to a lo­cal show or cruise across Europe in com­fort.

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