Can you Triumph with a TR6?
I really dont think you have cause for concern, in a reverse scenario EBayers are wary of new members with no feedback and often say unless they are prepared to contact by EMail, so as to ascertain a contact number to boot, then they wont play ball, rightly I think,
You were right also about the dodgy Sprints, as one in the same fetching magenta as I had, back in 84,only had vinyl c pillar panels instead of the full monty black top as per mine/your one too. Certainly seeing Tony Dron etc racing white ones at brands, they had full vinyl.
Again mine had(a leaky plastic pop up so called sunroof, rain roof a better trades description0. As to doing so much free work on Cyril Risks(the old c risk)yellow 1850, at tesco, when he had my Magenta one which had some improvement tweeks in my fortnights custodianship of said, I did hang onto the spare alloy wheels, some one from Harlow picked them up through arrangement via the Triumph club and was taking them down to his relatives in Wales-for his standard car-bit like so called Lotus and Cortina Lotus ones where clones can so easily be passed onto the unwary.
Another American car friend bought what he thought was a pucker GT 500 Shelby Mustang with 428 cu ins(as did later ones as opposed to factory 390s).However it turned out to be a dressed GT 390, with ramjet, shaker hood bits as well as Kelsey Hays spinnof alloys added. he successfully sued the Stateside vendor, banked the compensation and sold the replica to two brothers who had a Torino Cobra 351, and Boss 302 respectively. I have the comparison test of those two in a now defunct Amerian mag-he did also take the 71 Torino in exchange fro that doppleganger Stang. Sorry I go all misty eyed at the thought of some of the lovely cars he owned.
So Triumphs again, the spare dash was different too, so maybe as the oil guage was missing, a standard 1850 had posssibly been fitted.I sold the badges within the first few minutes of a Picketslock autojumble opening, as also many items direct to dealers prior. As to wandering around and seeing my old MG 1300 grill I hanging up for thrice my price, unsold and off my hands, but then I was taken with a rare Packard mascott, to wit all my profits of the day were pumped into, ownership of.,
Going back to that Magenta so called Sprint, I think I am right when the vendor says no overdrive, that all the manual Sprints had the one with the button on gearbox as standard-unlike the column switch, optional Vitesse/ GT6, Spits had it from series 4? and double dolly slant 4s on a common crank V8 Stags switch, PI s Mk I stalk and TR4/A/stalk 5 &6switch? were all standard fair too.However correct me please if I am getting too carried away,and or remembering wrongly. Early Dolomites I seem to recal through the mists of time had a bigger wheel than the sprint but all triumphs with sporty aspirations fell into line using the smaller one, as per the Dolomite Sprints.
The one I'm talkin' about (or writing, more accurately) is a dark red 1850. It's listed as an 1850 on a 'N' reg plate. This means a genuine Dolomite (pre 'HL' models). Outside the 'Sprint' the Dolomite was originally 1850 (1854 cc engine) - 1300 and 1500 cc engines weren't marked as Dolomite until 1976.
There was a Triumph 1300 (FWD), 1500 and Toledos (which had a Herald engine) beforehand. So if anyone advertises a 1300 or 1500 Dolomite prior to 1973, they are not actually Dolomites.
Edit - The other massive clue to whether it's a genuine Dolomite is the boot lid. If the lower segment has a black strip it is a Dolly. Course, some are resprayed without the black strip reinstated.
As you can see by the above manuals they are different. The Triumph 1500 TC and the Dolomite drives totally different too.
Hmmm, been in most of the day and no phone call. I'll mail the seller again and hope they can honour my request.
I just remembered they did a 1500 HL version as a special addition in all black,like this but with white stripes down the side, the reverse of actual Sprints very smart this debadged similar continental spec one
The original Dolomite, a copy of the Alfa 1750, There was a lovely picture of the restored one Donald Healey was shown in during his 9th decade, on Polpero Beach in Classic and Sportscar I remember and beneath the later Waterfall grilled, dickey seated roadster, a similar one featured in the Film Blyth Spirit
The only Limted Edition Dolly I recall was:
A toledo with attitude...lol
Yes apologies that was the one.
Yes apologies that was the one.
Good grief, apologies not needed...
The only way to tell whether it's a genuine Dolly or not: Slanting four cylinder engines. If it doesn't as in the 1500 HL etc. then it's a beefed-up 13/60 Herald engine.
Sorry for sounding over pedantic but I've real affection for Dolomites...
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Saab fit the 1850 engine to some models of the era?
Hi yes it was actually designed for them in conjunction with British Leyland. The 99 came out in 1969, with a 2 litre 8 valve slant engine that Leyland (as did Phil Irvine for Vincenti the 30s), reversed one bank, joined it to a common crank(Vincent 500 Comet became the Vincent Rapide 1000, ) the 99 sleeved down, became the Stag V8 unit of of course 3 litre capacity, which I believe it had been muted to be all along.
Anyway it was planned to phase out the venerable 95/6 that were using the Taunus V4 engine, (but that 96 was the last of estates till the Vectra based 900). those old Saabs that came out around 1947 with Deek two strokes, soldiered on until about 73.
The 99 was an elegant car, that had a sort of inverted concaved rear, which was noted by Motor/Autocar as a future styling trend, but that was not to be prophetic,even though it was still used on the 99 Turbo, which was the first mainstream Turbo charged 'family car', for executive 2.4 ers. Thereafter the lengthened and straight lined fast hatchback 900 series was intoduced, with a five door option.
Relieved you've confirmed the Saab connection, because I've been racking the old 'grey matter', and yet no idea where I obtained the info from. I did wonder whether I was inebriated, a little difficult, I suppose, for a teetotaller.
Thinking about it one could quote Sir David Frost on the TV programme 'Through the Keyhole: "The Clooooose are there..."
That's my lot tonight. Hope to have more news to report on the red Dolly tomorrow.
Spoke with the seller: The car has had a full engine rebuild 5 years ago, although rarely been used. Needs MOT and brakes looking at, otherwise just needs a really good tidy up and few bits and pieces done.
My daughter is going to Devon with the bro-in-law and his young family for a week - leaving tomorrow - so too busy to travel before Monday. If he still has it I'll call him and have a good look at it.
The seller is retired and seems genuine.
Any pointers would be appreciated. Cheers, pp