Classic Car Catalogue
Herald - discontinued in April
Vitesse - discontinued in May
2000 / 2.5PI Mk II
Spitfire Mk IV
GT6 Mk 3
13/60 (R4 cyl, 1296 cc, 61 bhp) - discontinued in April
2 Litre Mk II (R6 cyl, 1998 cc, 104 bhp) - discontinued in May
Toledo (R4 cyl, 1296 cc, 58 bhp)
Saloon 4-dr - new model in autumn
2-door: £918 (incl. P.T.)
4-door: £964 (incl. P.T.)
Pleasant and popular small saloon car, that looks very much like the old Triumph 1300 but is a vastly different animal under the skin. It has, for instance, rear drive and a live axle instead of front-wheel-drive and all-independent suspension, but many people think the handling has benefited as a result. The engine is the 1296 c.c. unit which is good for 85 m.p.h. and there is a fully synchro gearbox controlled by a central remote lever. The interior is neat and extremely well finished, and there is now a four-door Toledo if you want the added convenience.
1500 (R4 cyl, 1493 cc, 61/65 bhp)
TRIUMPH 1500 £1,124 (incl. P.T.)
This is the other half of Triumphs' clever one-into-two exercise with the old 1300. But this one retains front-wheel-drive and independent suspension all-round, and is very much in the luxury idiom. It is powered by an enlarged version of the four-cylinder engine, and torque is considerably increased though acceleration will not exactly frighten you. There is a servo assisted disc-drum brake layout and a longer, more elegant body shape, giving a big bonus in boot space. The interior is luxuriously equipped, with a superb control layout.
2000 and 2.5PI
2000 (R6 cyl, 1998 ccm, 84 bhp-DIN)
2.5 PI (R6 cyl, inj, 2498 cc, 132 bhp)
Saloon: £1,587 (incl. P.T.)
Estate: £1,869 (incl. P.T.)
Considerable improvements were made to the Triumph 2000 a couple of years ago, including re-styling and interior changes so that they ended up as strong contenders for the best-value-for-money title. The engine is a smooth six-cylinder of 1998 c.c., which gives 100 m.p.h. performance and good economy, and there is a four-speed gearbox with overdrive or automatic transmission optional. The interior rates among the best in the medium class, with an outstanding control layout and attractive veneer facia panel. The seats are extremely comfortable.
TRIUMPH 2.5 P.I.
Saloon: £1,802 (incl. P. T.)
Estate: £2,085 (incl. P.T.)
The 2.5 P.I. has a fuel-injected six-cylinder engine of 2,498 c.c. that delivers 132 b.h.p. and holds enormous attraction for the enthusiastic motorist. It powers this luxury four-door saloon with the verve of a spirited sports car, as a 0-50 figure of just over 7 seconds indicates. Top speed is around 110 m.p.h. Independent coil suspension is used all round, and there is a servo assisted disc/drum braking system. Interior layout, like the 2000 saloon, is a model for others to follow with all light, wiper, washer controls etc. on the steering column.
2.5 P.I. Saloon
Mk IV (R4 cyl, 1296 cc, 63 bhp)
TRIUMPH SPITFIRE MK IV
S/Top: £982 (incl. P.T.)
H/Top: £1018 (incl. P.T.)
The lively Spitfire was facelifted just after the Earls Court show last year, and appeared with a cleaned-up front and a rear end carrying on the styling theme developed by Michelotti for the Stag. There were a number of mechanical changes too, including a reduction in the rear roll stiffness which, with a bigger anti-roll bar at the front, improve balance and roadholding. There is a new all-synchro gearbox with higher rear axle ratio and interior improvements so that the 1296 c.c. Spitfire remains one of the most popular sports cars in the world.
Mk 3 (R6 cyl, 1998 cc, 104 bhp)
TRIUMPH GT6 MK 3 £1,254 (incl. P.T.)
Michelotti's touch is seen on this one too, with the Stag influence clearly seen in the rear-end treatment. It is a good-looking fixed head coupe, powered by the 1998 c.c. six-cylinder engine that comes from the Triumph 2000 saloon. Since last year, the shelf behind the rear seats has been removed to increase luggage room and allow for reclining seats, and enthusiasts will note a number of other detail changes to the interior. Rear suspension is more sophisticated than the Spitfire, with wishbones instead of swing axle.
TR6 (R6 cyl, inj, 2498 cc, 150 bhp)
TR6 (R6 cyl, 2x carb, 2498 cc, 104 bhp) - US only
TRIUMPH TR6 P.I.
S/Top: £1,471 (incl. P.T.)
H/Top: £1,514 (incl. P.T.)
The Stag is sporting - this is definitely 'sports'. It is a beefy, tough car for enthusiasts who like to drive hard and feel some reward for the effort they put into it. Suspension is all-independent but firm and steering is direct, with a leather-covered steering wheel that is too close for some drivers. The engine is a fuel-injected 2,498 c.c. six-cylinder, basically the same as in the 2.5 PI saloon, but producing more b.h.p. because of its higher state of tune. Overdrive is available on the top three ratios of the four-speed gearbox if you want it.
Stag (V8 cyl, 2997 cc, 145 bhp)
TRIUMPH STAG From £2,177 (incl. P.T.)
There is a 3-litre V8 engine producing 145 b.h.p. and tremendous torque, under the bonnet of the desirable Stag, a 2 plus 2 sporting car that burbled on to the motoring scene just over a year ago. It is very much a businessman's GT express, ideal for the man who wants to travel fast in style. The Stag is basically an open car with a soft-top, but there is also a detachable hard top. There is a built-in padded roll bar for extra safety, and brakes are servo-assisted. It will seat four, but luggage space is a bit limited for family holiday trips.