Triumph TR6

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To most TR traditionalists this is where the TR tale ended, the final flourishing of the theme before the TR7 betrayed an outstanding tradition. In the mid-Sixties, the TR line was on a roll and the TR6 continued the upward momentum, outselling all earlier models. It was a natural progression from the original TR2; the body evolved from the TR4/5, the power unit from the TR5.

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Triumph TR2

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If ever there was a sports car that epitomized the British bulldog spirit it must be the Triumph TR2. It is as true Brit as a car can be, born in the golden age of British sports cars, but aimed at the lucrative American market. At the 1952 Earl’s Court Motor Show in London, the new Austin-Healey stole the show, but the “Triumph Sports” prototype’s debut at the same show was less auspicious.

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Triumph Dolomite Sprint – 1973

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The affectionate nickname ‘Dolly Sprint’ is a measure of the respect aficionados have for the car. Triumph’s Dolomite Sprint was a very fast, very clever creation. Its Jekyll was a four-door, traditionally manicured, upmarket saloon calculated to reassure corporate managers of their status, and to persuade them by association of its genteel suitability as an executive-level company fleet vehicle for their colleagues. Continue reading “Triumph Dolomite Sprint – 1973”

Triumph TR6 – 1969

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‘Rattly, draughty, unpredictable in the wet, prone to disintegration ‘. That’s how celebrity car buff, James May described the TR6. And coming from him, the words were glowing praise; for it is the sheer, unadulterated blokishness of the TR6 that was the secret of its success — a hunky machine, modelled along the lines of a classic British roadster but with the promise of high-performance tearaway thrills.

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Triumph Spitfire Mk I – 1962

Triumph Spitfire Mk I - 1962

The Austin Healey Sprite proved there was a market for small British sports ears and the bandwagon springs were soon creaking as first the MG Midget and then the Triumph Spitfire climbed aboard — both would outlast their inspiration with the late-arriving Spitfire doing best with nearly 315,000 sold in 18 years. It evolved considerably during that run, but it all began with the Mk I sometimes called the Spitfire 4) in 1962.

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Triumph Roadster – 1946

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How do you challenge a fabulous machine like the SS Jaguar 100? That was the question facing Sir John Black of the Standard Motor Company, who assumed the awesome Jaguar would be back after World War II (he was right, though sadly for him the resulting X K 120 was even better than its predecessor). Still, Black’s hopeful answer was to task the newly acquired Triumph Motor Company with the job of producing a competitor.

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