The Triumph Motor Company was established in 1885 and until its closure in 1984 it was one of Britain’s leading automaker. The brand is currently owned by German automotive conglomerate BMW. Throughout the years the company has produced several highly successful motorcycled and cars. Here are some of the most popular and liked Triumph automobiles.
Triumph Acclaim: The Acclaim was the last model produced by the Triumph Company. It was manufactured from 1981 to 1984. It is classified as a 4-door saloon and a total of 133.626 units were made. It has a 1335 cc Straight-4 engine and could be bought with either a manual 5-speed gearbox or an automatic 3-speed gearbox. The design of the Acclaim was based on the Honda Ballade which made it the first fundamentally Japanese automobile to be assembled on the European continent.
Triumph GT6: The GT6 is a 6 cylinder sports car which was built from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. It is identified as a two door coupé and had a 4-speed synchromesh manual gearbox which could be fitted with an overdrive. The company produced almost 41.000 units of the model. It is considered to be one of the most elegant cars made by Triumph.
Triumph Dolomite: Classified as a sports sedan, the Dolomite was produced from 1972 to 1980 and throughout the years was made in the following versions:
- Triumph Dolomite 1850 (1972 – 1976)
- Triumph Dolomite Spring (1973 – 1980)
- Triumph Dolomite 1300 (1976 – 1980)
- Triumph Dolomite 1500 (1976 – 1980)
- Triumph Dolomite 1500 HL (1976 – 1980)
- Triumph Dolomite 1850 HL (1976 – 1980)
Over 200.000 units of all models were produced which makes the Dolomite one of Triumph’s most manufactured automobiles. The car has also been used by numerous rally and touring races including the high profile British Touring Car Championship.
Triumph Spitfire: The Spitfire is Triumph’s most famous and successful model. It was produced in two variations: roadster and convertible, and manufactured from 1962 to 1980. The automobile’s design was inspired by a 1957 drawing of the prolific Italian sports car designer Giovanni Michelotti. The car was assembled in Coventry, England and became an immediate success. Today it is a favorite of automobile collectors and logically one of the most expensive models of the company.
Triumph Stag: Produced for seven years from 1970 to 1977, the Stag is classified as a sports tourer. It was created to compete with the SL models of the Mercedes-Benz Company. The car was known for its high performance as it was fitted with a three liter, V8 engine. Just like the above mentioned Spitfire it was designed by Giovanni Michelotti. All Stag were four seated convertible coupés and are currently a highly desirable collector’s item.
Triumph Toledo: The Toledo has two variations: two door saloon and four door saloon. It was built from 1970 to 1976 and almost 120.000 units of it were made. The car’s engine dependent of its type but the gearbox was always 4-speed manual. It has a rear-wheel drive and live rear axle, so that it can cost lesser and be more affordable to common people.
Triumph TR4: Also known as Zest, the TR4 is a two door roadster which was manufactured from 1961 to 1965. It was also designed by Giovanni Michelotti and was assembled in both the United Kingdom and Australia. It has a 4-speed manual gearbox and a 2138 cc I4 engine. Approximately 40.000 units were produced which makes it one of the most successful Triumph models. The TR4 was often used by Americans and Australians in various racings events and has managed to leave a heavy mark in the competitive racing world.