TRIUMPH DOLOMITE From £3,140
There are five Dolomite four-door saloons, from the 1300 to the two-litre Sprint. Smallest-engined model is the 1300 but there is also a 1500, and a 1500HL (with superior trim and specification), as well as the 1850HL which is virtually an eight-valve version of the Sprint. Internally all Dolomites are finished to customary Triumph standards with wood facia, cloth-faced seats, luxury carpets and so on, and the 1500 has twin carburettors for a markedly brisk performance. The 1300 and 1500 models have rectangular headlights, but the 1850 and Sprint models are distinguished by four round units.
TRIUMPH DOLOMITE SPRINT £5,077
The four-door Sprint looks much the same as other Dolomites, but it is something of a wolf in sheep's clothing for under the bonnet lurks a 16-valve overhead camshaft engine with ingenious valve gear, and a rousing output of 127 bhp! The manual transmission Sprint has an overdrive to provide fussless high-speed cruising but there is an automatic model as well. Main distinguishing feature of the Dolomite Sprint is the eye-catching light-alloy wheels and high-level body stripe. In spite of its staid looks, the Sprint will exceed 110 mph, and will accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 9.5 seconds. A Sprint indeed.
TRIUMPH SPITFIRE £3245
Robust little sports car from Leyland has a separate steel chassis frame, all-independent suspension, and a lift-forward front wing/bonnet panel that makes engine and front suspension servicing easy. Although only 378 cm long the tittle Triumph has a beefy 1½-litre 71 bhp four-cylinder engine which results in a lively performance, but high gearing keeps fuel consumption low. The open two-seater bodywork has wind-up windows and an all-weather hood, although a hardtop can also be fitted. A four-speed gearbox is standard equipment but an overdrive is optional, and when fitted makes the Spitfire even longer-legged.
TRIUMPH TR7 £4,268
Looking like a mid-engined car, the TR7 actually has its Dolomite-based two-litre motor at the front, where it drives the rear wheels. The smart wedge-shaped body contributes to high-speed stability, and comes as two-seater coupe, or with optional fold-back sun-roof. Pop-up headlights assist with the car's advanced streamlining, and the bumpers will absorb traffic knocks. UK TR7s are available with choice of four-speed manual or automatic transmission, but there is also a five-speed manual gearbox reserved for export. Most of the suspension, steering, and transmission parts are from the Triumph Dolomite HL.