TRIUMPH DOLOMITE – 1939 – SUPER RARE- RESTORED CONDTION.
* Older restoration in beautifully preserved condition
* Owned by the Chairman of the Pre-1940s Triumph Motor Club
* Very rare and highly specified pre-war Triumph sporting saloon
* Gorgeous detailing including waterfall grille
* Low mileage car
Triumph?s pre-war Dolomite range was part of the firm?s determined drive upmarket and a bid to exploit the burgeoning demand for sporting-orientated saloon cars. Its lavish ?waterfall? grille, designed by Walter Belgrove and influenced by transatlantic trends, was just the eyecatching starter for an advanced car that was developed with input from Donald Healey.
With wind-up windows, auto-lubricating chassis, fully synchromesh gearbox, dual circuit hydraulic brakes and even an adjustable steering column, these were highly specified cars. There were coupe, roadster and saloon versions, all equipped with the firm?s powerful 1. 8litre engine. The Pre-War Triumph Motor Club, which helps look after these remarkable cars, records just 112 14/ 60 saloons built and only 11 survivors.
This is one of them, a beautiful older restoration that is an original UK market car that spent a large part of its life in Australia, where it was restored. Repatriated by its current owner, the Chairman of the Club, it has been fastidiously cared for. As a result it looks magnificent, the refurbishment work having held up very well, with just a light patina of character beginning to show of the original interior . This was left un restored to keep the 85 years old character in the car .
This rare, delicately styled yet thoroughly practical vintage saloon would be a wonderful addition to any collection or driveway
The History and Paperwork
* DVLA records show the car was first registered on 31st December 1939
* Recorded as returning to the UK on 1st June 2017
* Exported to Australia in 1956 and spent most of its life in that dry climate
* Restored over 28 years during its time in Australia
* During this work the engine was rebuilt
* extensive history file
* This includes photographic and documented record of the restoration work
* Past owner is the Chairman of the Pre-War Triumph Motor Club
* Displayed at the NEC on multiple occasions
* In September he drove it 200 miles to the Prescott Hill Climb
* Club records indicate that just 112 of this model were built of which 11 survive
* Of these, only seven retain their original style bodywork, like this car
* No MOT history but of course it is MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt
* Reconditioned starter motor and solenoid
* New water pump
* New fan belt and cooling system hoses
* Oil and filter change annually irrespective of mileage
* Beautiful and factory standard interior in remarkable timewarp condition
* High specification includes wind up windows and adjustable steering column
* Even the dash-mounted factory map light works. highly original, right down to the original supplying dealer dashboard plaque
* Jaeger off-white dials in good, clear condition with undamaged rims and faces
* New headlining fitted
* Sliding sunroof by Weathershields Roofs and retaining its maker?s plaque
* Some wear to the leather seats and repaired tears, but very presentable, this was left to retain the original character in the car rather than going all new .
* Door trims in original factory specification being presentable with good fittings
* Original Triumph branded pedals
* Carpets in caramel, well trimmed and showing barely any wear
* Stylish factory four spoke steering wheel in good condition with sheen to rim he Exterior
original bakelite in arm rest ashtrays to the rear and a dash mounted pullout one in the front.
The semaphores are working but not wired to flash.
* Handsome saloon styling with evocative detailing including grille and side vents
* Aluminium bodywork over rot-resistance ash frame
* Lovely details include that grille and vents,
* Looks particularly good sat on smart black wire wheels with original chrome spinners
* Quality Excelsior vintage tyres fitted with good tread
* Factory spot lamps enhance the purposeful front visage
* Wing mirrors fitted
* Auxiliary lights fitted under rear bumper The Mechanics
* 1, 767cc Triumph 4cyl engine developing around 60bhp
* 4spd all-synchromesh manual gearbox
* Dual circuit hydraulic brakes
* Engine rebuilt during the car?s restoration while in Australia
* Annually serviced irrespective of mileage
* Tidy engine bay with smart polished Triumph-branded cover
* Advanced auto-lubricating chassis Summary
Sporting saloons may now be a staple of modern forecourts but the idea all began with cars like the remarkable Triumph Dolomite 14/ 60. Quick and engaging like a sports car whilst as practical as any saloon should be, these highly specified cars were both rare and rewarding purchases for pre-war buyers.
Few saloons like this one were built and only a handful of original-bodied cars survive. This example is surely one of the best. An older restoration with superb provenance, it is surely an unmissable treat for any vintage enthusiast
Full Hd walk round video available upon request . trailered transport offered .