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Lot 077: Triumph Dolomite Sprint

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Widely reckoned to be the best car ever to come out of British Leyland, the Triumph Dolomite Sprint was launched in 1973. The Sprint was a true sports saloon and offered a degree of performance that is impressive even by today's standards. At the heart of the car was a modified 16-valve version of the Dolomite 1850 engine which developed a stonking 127bhp and could sprint to 60mph in just 8.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 118mph. The Sprint used the four headlamp Dolomite shell reserved for the upper models in the range and also retained their classy interior trim with a walnut dash and door-cappings  making an odd contrast with the sporty alloy wheels which hinted at the power available. Sales for the Sprint were strong and the model remained in production until 1980 by which time 22,941 examples had been sold.

TYD 52W dates from the last year of production and has been owned by the vendor for the last 8 years. Treated to some remedial bodywork a few years ago it was given a professional re-spray in two-pack Tahiti Blue at the same time. Described as mechanically good with a slightly lazy engagement of the overdrive, the owner reports that whilst the oil pressure gauge has never worked during his ownership the engine performs well. Recent additions include 2 SU carburettors, a high capacity starter and a stainless steel sports exhaust and downpipe. Complete with a spare set of wheels and tyres and with good tyres fitted all round, it is MOTd until June 2012. This Dolomite Sprint looks to be an ideal candidate to use and improve.

Please note that in 1992 it was the subject of an insurance claim which recorded the car as Category D - light damage which was un-economic to repair.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number077
Estimate£2500-£3000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2100
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1980
Condition rating0
Registration numberTYD 52W
Mileage-
Chassis numberTWTLD5AT105900
Engine numberRTC2453002041
Engine capacity (cc)1995
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4