Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Triumph 2500S in 1979. Beautiful, Michellotti designed, signal (like Ferrari) red English sporting saloon with walnut dash and door caps and tacho and proper round white on black instruments and electric overdrive on 3rd and 4th and velour seats and nice chrome. Pretty flash at the time. Poor man's Jag. Loved the look of it and still fond of it.
Actually a nicely designed piece of shit put together by apes and powered by a 1930's tractor engine (true - it was a 6 cyl development of 4 cyl?Fergie donk, which powered the 4 cyl Triumphs) with legendary unreliability. Good long legged tourer, but I wasn't game to take it out of the city after a while in case it died. Up to three clutches a year, and bloody expensive - about $500- $600 a throw then, so probably three or four times that in today's money. Put electronic ignition on it to cure some problems and couldn't be tuned by professional because dizzy (bloody Lucas - Prince of Darkness!) ground wrong. Saw one recently with a full service history that had had a full engine rebuild at something like 30,000 to 40,000k, and major problems in just about every area from delivery. No wonder Leyland & BMC went broke.
Just to prove I've learned absolutely nothing, one of these days I'm going to get a bright red or jade green Triumph Stag with a 4.4 Leyland conversion and Celica/Supra box and tool around like the old dork I am.