Estates are of course the new black within the classic car scene. Wait. Where have you heard that before? Well, here on ViaRETRO of course – and only two weeks ago as well. But it’s so true that we don’t have any issue in repeating that fact again and again…
But classic estates come in many shapes and sizes, and this weeks British loadlugger is something rather different from the massive Chrysler Town & Country we featured a couple of weeks ago. I should probably confess to being more than just a little biased, as I’m an ex-owner of a rare ’69 Triumph 2.5PI mk.1 saloon which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, I honestly feel that these early Triumph estates are both stylish and charming classics which offer a comfortable drive for the whole family.
The Triumph 2000 was a brand new Michelotti designed model launched in late ‘63 with a 2-liter 6-cylinder engine sourced from the Standard Vangaurd, but now issued with twin Stromberg 150CD carburettors. It was of course a modern monocoque construction, it featured independent suspension both front and rear, and was available with either a 4-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic gearbox. In the autumn of ‘65 Triumph added the estate version to the line-up, adding real practicality to the sober but stylish big Triumph. In late ’68 Triumph even upped the game further by offering both the saloon and the estate with the bigger 2.5 liter engine equipped with a Lucas mechanical fuel injection system, which was otherwise used in the sporting TR5. However, these 2.5 liter mk.1’s turned out to be very short lived, as the mk.2 model was introduced in late ’69 and continued right through to ’77.
This particular Triumph 2000 estate is quite an early car being from ’66. It presents very original and unmolested in an appealing dark blue with a factory black leather interior. Overall condition seems to be very tidy both inside and out, with only minimal and quite pleasing patina to the leather seats and some discolouration to the fully carpeted luggage area. The engine bay appears very clean too, which is usually a sign of a well-cared for classic. There’s a manual 4-speed gearbox and the selling dealer promises that the Triumph drives very well. It’s only a three-owner car, and it still retains its original service book, owner’s manual and even all the MOT certificates dating back to 1970. The estate versions of the big Triumph are much rarer than the saloons, and as such tend to trade for higher prices. This one has a fresh MOT and is offered at £8,995, which is probably about right if you’re buying from a dealer, and it’s as good as both the pictures and the description suggest.
Here’s a selection of the pictures provided by the dealer:
If you’re anywhere near as tempted as I am, you’ll need this link to the selling dealer in Sommerset, UK:
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