Aside from all the technical information we can give you, why should you choose a Triumph 2000 over a whole host of other classic cars out there? Here are our top ten reasons:
Plentiful parts supply
The 2000 shared many of its components with other Triumphs. The engine is essentially the same as that fitted to the Vitesse, the GT6 and the TR5/6, and is ultimately derived from the four cylinder engine found in the Herald, Spitfire and others including the smaller engined Dolomites, etc. The transmission and other drivetrain components began life in the TR series. The front and rear suspension is largely the same as that of the Stag. If all the specialists for those cars are taken into account, virtually nothing mechanical is wanted for and is available at the click of a mouse. Bodywork and trim is more scarce, but can be found on the secondhand market.
Even from the beginning, with the 90 bhp 1998cc cars, performance was good if not spectacular. In later cars, especially the 2.5PI, performance was improved dramatically. The cars tend to pull strongly in the mid range, making them comfortable and safe for daily motoring. If you want to modify, relatively easy power gains can be had without huge expense and it’s not stretching the point too far to suggest that the Triumph 2500 can be considered, with the right treatment, a ‘TR6 saloon’. The Mark 1s tend to be somewhat lighter and are becoming increasingly popular for classic motorsport.
An exceptionally stiff bodyshell with generally tough mechanical components means they take hard work in their stride. The engines and gearboxes are proven and long lasting, with over 100,000 miles between engine rebuilds typical with regular maintenance.
Styled by the Italian maestro Giovanni Michelotti, the cars are extremely handsome. Whether you prefer the Mark 1 or the Stag-influenced Mark 2 is down to personal preference and the subject of continual debate amongst enthusiasts, but regardless, these cars are some of the most stylish and elegant saloons and estates of the Sixties and Seventies.
Ride and Handling
Fully independent suspension, consisting of MacPherson Struts similar to those found on the vast majority of modern cars, and semi-trailing arms at the rear, coupled with coil springs and telescopic dampers all round makes the Big Triumph highly competent on the road and surprisingly modern.
A comfortable four-seater or a cosy five-seater if necessary. Interiors are stylish and attractive with the Mark 2 being especially ergonomic for the day. The boot is a decent size and the extra load-lugging ability of the Estates adds another dimension. And talking of estates….
The Estate cars have very little competition. If you want a coherently-styled, properly developed load carrier that is British, looks good and performs as well as the saloon you will have a hard time finding something that truly compares to the Triumph 2000, 2500 and 2.5 Estate cars. They are still extremely usable vehicles.
2000 or 2.5? Carburetors or fuel injection? Zenith-Stromberg or SU? Estate or saloon? Auto or manual? Overdrive or four speed manual? Mark 1 or Mark 2? Modified or standard? Right or left hand drive? Economy or power? Lazy cruiser or sports saloon? Working car or cosseted classic? The Triumph 2000 series of cars are all this and more – the choice is yours.
Though an extremely popular car in its day (there were over 300,000 Triumph 2000s, 2500s and 2.5s made of all variants), there are relatively few around today. Seeing one driving down the road is a rare and special event. What this means is that you will be driving something highly individual and genuinely rare, an unusual and desirable classic car, yet with the benefit of much commonality of components from other Triumphs.
Great club support – that’s us!
The Triumph 2000/2500/2.5 Register has been around since the early Eighties and its membership is the primary source of knowledge on the cars. The website, SIXappeal magazine and the Board and Members themselves are at your disposal to assist you and answer any questions you might have.
So what are you waiting for?