The 2002 was named for its 2,000cc engine and two doors, 2000 + 2, and there were also 1602 and 1802 models offered.
As a performance car, the Dolomite Sprint participated in several racing championships, including the British Saloon Car Championship from 1974 to 1978. When they first came into play, the Dolomite sprint and standard version came in a yellow finish. Although the Dolomite proved to be refined and rapid, competitors such as the BMW 2002 had a performance advantage which was costing Triumph dearly, both in terms of sales and prestige. Heres Everything You Need To Know Before Buying A Used Dodge Ram 1500, Here's What We Love About The Triumph Dolomite Sprint, many other greatest sedans that youve probably forgotten existed, Watch This 1100-HP BMW M5 F90 Take On A Ferrari F8 Tributo In Half-Mile Sprint, from a standstill to 60 mph in just under 8.4 seconds, Here's What We Love About The 1970 Range Rover, Everything You Need To Know About The Triumph Daytona 675, This Is Why We Love The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS 600, These Are Our Favorite Features On The Audi e-tron GT.  The gearbox and differential in the sprint version were similar to the ones equipped on the TR series cars.  They have a popular following throughout Europe and Australia, where Sprints were imported between 1975 and 1978, and raced at Amaroo Park and at the famous Bathurst 1000. The use of Weber equipped Dolomite Sprints in FIA Group 2 competitions (where choice of carburation was free) seems clear, but their use in Group 1 or "group one and a half" is not. Since then, the industry has received a lot of good sporting vehicles, like the Aston Martin Lagonda, the legendary Ford Taurus SHO, and many other greatest sedans that youve probably forgotten existed. From March 1976 headrests, a radio, and laminated windscreen were standard. The capacity was also increased to 1,998cc (122cuin), and combined with bigger carburettors the output was upped to 122lbft (165Nm) at 4,500 rpm and 127bhp (95kW) at 5,700 rpm. The exterior of the Dolomite Sprint also featured new badges and contrasting coach lines along the body. The Scottish Rally saw Ryan and Nicholson come 12th overall and helped win the team prize with two other TR7s. Of the 620 Dolomite Sprints imported into Australia, it is believed less than 80 examples (in varying condition) have survived. There was no two-door option as there had been for the Toledo, and the shorter-boot bodyshell of the Toledo ceased production. This new model was assembled alongside the now larger-engined front-wheel drive version (the Triumph 1500) which was launched at the same time as the Toledo. For 1974, "The series production is regarded as completely stopped if the monthly rate has decreased for more than four consecutive months to below 1/12th of the minimum figure required", i.e.
It appears that, at least from some point, the racing Dolomites Sprints used in the BSCC series were fitted with larger 2" SU HS8 carburettors, instead of the 1.75" HS6 carbs of the production cars. How Expensive Is It To Actually Daily Drive A New Tesla Model S, Here's How The Hennessey Venom F5 Achieves Its Insane Top Speed, Here's What We Know About The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, These Are Our Favorite Features Of The 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, These Are Chevrolet Cruze Model Years You Should Avoid Buying Used, This Pontiac GTO Redesign Is A Modern Take On A Classic, These Are Our Favorite Features Of The Ferrari 812 Competizione, Vintage Electric 72 Volt Roadster Review: More Performance And Style At The Same (Still High) Price, These Are Our Favorite Features Of The Tesla Model Y, An All-Electric Honda Super Cub Might Be In The Making, Driven: Living Out 'Ford V Ferrari' In A Superformance Shelby Cobra MkIII, This Is The True Meaning Behind The Mitsubishi Logo, The 911 Sport Classic Is The Most Powerful Porsche With A Manual Transmission. , A press release dated May 1973, from BL's public relations department, states "To acknowledge the Dolomite Sprint's performance the Triumph sports car colour range will be used, with the first 2,000 cars finished in Mimosa with black trim. The Dolomite Sprint comes with great performance features, such as a front independent suspension system, rear end live axle, and strong front disk brakes just to name a few which made it perfect for the race tracks. Designed to be a replacement for the rear-wheel drive Triumph Herald,
 Production continued until August 1980 when BL closed the Canley Factory as part of a restructuring process which also resulted in the closure of the MG factory at Abingdon two months later.
Despite acceding to the Standard version, the Sprint version received a revamped engine that had an upgraded capacity of 1998cc and featured 16 valves that were all triggered by a single overhead camshaft, making it the worlds first mass-produced multi-valve car.  While other multi-valve engines (notably the Lotus 907) were produced in volume, they were not used in mass production vehicles until after the introduction of the Dolomite Sprint. The engine was expected to make 135bhp, and factory test engines were producing 150bhp.
 Fun fact: one of the designers of the Dolomite Sprint, Giovanni Michelotti, also designed the BMW 2002.
The Dolomite used the longer bodyshell of the front wheel drive Triumph 1500, but with the majority of the running gear carried over from the rear-wheel drive Triumph Toledo. In 1978 Broadspeed entered a sole Dolomite Sprint (driven by Tony Dron) where it won only one race outright, although the Sprint still won class B in the last year a factory entered Sprint would compete in the British Saloon Car Championship. These are referred to as the "group one and a half cars".. The larger HS8s were also approved for FIA Group 1 from 1 Feb 1975. When he isn't writing, he loves to take long drives around the city, make music, and drink hot chocolate. RELATED: Watch This 1100-HP BMW M5 F90 Take On A Ferrari F8 Tributo In Half-Mile Sprint. The car was capable of 100mph (160km/h), with 60mph (97km/h) coming up in just over 11seconds. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Reddit Email There can be little doubt that the Auburn 851 Supercharged Boattail Speedster is one of the most beautiful, Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Reddit Email This is the Reyonnah 175 Prototype N1, as the name suggests its the first Reyonnah 175 prototype and, Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Reddit Email The 1993 Volvo 850 gas turbine/electric hybrid you see here is one of two made by the factory, Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Reddit Email The BMW 1600 GT is an exceptionally rare 1960s-era BMW that actually started life as model from another, Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Reddit Email TheMaserati Merak SS was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1975 as the new and upgraded version, Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Reddit Email This is an exact reproduction of what is widely regarded to be the worlds first production automobile, theBenz, We launched the first official Silodrome apparel store in 2020 grab yourself a t-shirt and help support a truly independent publication, every single sale matters. Culcheth and Syer had to retire in the Granite City Rally held in March, while Pond and Richards came home fourth overall and finished first in Group 1.
The Triumph Dolomite Sprint you see here is just about a perfect example of the species, its finished in that famous shade of 1970s brown with the black vinyl roof, and interestingly it wasoriginally a Leyland works car. Due to the heavier bodyshell and somewhat fragile Group-2 tuned engine,"rated at 225bhp at 8000rpm" by 1977, the Dolomite Sprint was less successful in rallying. History repeated itself almost 30 years later when MG Rover, a descendant of the British Leyland company that owned Triumph, converted the Rover 75/MG ZT model to rear-wheel drive.. 1977 saw the departure of Rouse and the return of Tony Dron as driver of the Broadspeed prepared Dolomite Sprint. The bodyshell was of the basic 1500 (single headlamps) but the interior was fitted with luxury trim including burr walnut dashboard and door cappings (the dashboard was the same style as fitted to that of the Dolomite 1300), grey velour seats and matching carpet. This Sprint is a multi-award winner, having claimed a fair amount of silverware at various concours events over the years all of which is included with the car now. Standard equipment included reclining front seats, cigar lighter, "fasten seat belt" warning light, driver's door mirror, twin reversing lights and a dipping rear-view mirror.
The Dolomite was replaced a year later by the Triumph Acclaim, a four-door front-wheel drive family saloon produced in a joint venture with Honda. Also, this approval was removed from a later version of the FIA form of recognition for the Dolomite Sprint and was not transferred to FISA Group A approvals.
Theres are several good reasons why sporting sedans are so popular: they drive better, they are good dragstrip companions, and they always have an athletic look, which makes them simply irresistible. By 1972, the brand unveiled the Dolomite Sprint triumph, which went on sale the succeeding year. However, it is not clear how this approval could have been granted, given that FIA/CSI rules (Appendix J, 1975) for Group 1 denied any such modification to the carburation and thus required an additional 5000 cars to be produced in 12 months and fitted with any such modification affecting performance. In January 1976 Tony Pond and D. Richards won Group 1 in the Tour of Dean Rally. The Auburn 851 Boattail Speedster, The Weird & Wonderful Reyonnah 175 Prototype N1 From 1951, A Gas Turbine/Electric Volvo 850: The 1993 Factory Prototype, An Affordable Mid-Engined Classic: The Maserati Merak SS, The First Automobile A Benz Patent-Motorwagen Ectype $60,000+ USD, Full Documentary: Last of the Giants Union Pacific Railroad, The Recaro Office Class LX: A Retro Automotive Office Chair. The next model up, replacing the Triumph 1500 TC, was the Dolomite 1500. Visit The Store Here. The Triumph Dolomite was unveiled at the London Motor Show in October 1971 as the successor for the upmarket variants of front-wheel drive designs, and to replace the six-cylinder Triumph Vitesse, a sporting relative of the Herald. The Triumph Dolomite Sprint would start life using the same basic body and running gear of the normal Dolomite, however things would change significantly in the engine bay. The design of the cylinder head won a British Design Council award in 1974. In 1976 Broadspeed only ran one Dolomite Sprint in British Saloon Car Championship, with Rouse finishing second in the two-litre class. In response to this brief, Spen Kings team devised a plan to extract more power.  The name "Dolomite" had been used by Triumph for a range of models prior to the Second World War and this was revived for the new car. The history file is extensive, including every MoT the car has ever had, it also comes with arare original brochure, an owners handbook, and the service passport booklet with 14 stamps in it. At a time when most manufacturers of smaller cars were concentrating on front-wheel drive cars, this change was widely considered somewhat backward thinking. Headrests were also offered in the sprint version as an available feature. In time, they were offered in a brown shade, along with other sports color selections. All the dials are driver-positioned and surrounded by graceful wood paneling, which adds an ample texture to the dashboard, and adds to the sporty feel. The car was aimed at the new compact performance-luxury sector, vying for sales against cars such as the BMW 2002 and Ford Cortina GXL, and was offered with a high level of standard equipment, including twin headlamps, a clock, full instrumentation, luxury seats and carpets, a heated rear window, and a cigar lighter.
The HL model had an improved specification level over the standard Dolomite 1500 including a rev counter, volt meter, separate fuel and temperature dials, clock, adjustable steering column and driver's-seat height adjust, head rests, front seat rear pockets, rear centre arm rest and walnut door cappings on all four doors. The top speed of the Dolomite Sprint was 119mph (192km/h) when new, a heady figure for a 2.0 liter sedan at the time, and the 0 to 60 mph time of 8.4 seconds was equally impressive. When it was released, Triumph claimed that the 2.0 liter, 16-valve, inline-four used in the Dolomite made it the worlds first mass-produced multi-valve car.. In the following year, CAMS controversially refused to approve the Sprint's pistons, thereby denying the Sprint compliance to race in the 1977 Hardie-Ferodo Bathurst 1000. Amongst enthusiasts, the Dolomite and especially Sprint are still popular, with many parts still available and excellent club support.. Overall, the sprint gained 40% of power from the standard version. The Sprint featured styling from Giovanni Michelotti, long a favorite designer for Triumph and also the designer of the BMW 2002. Inspired by L34 Torana program and dubbed 'Super Sprint' this was ultimately rejected by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport(CAMS). Wilfred Nkhwazi is a screenwriter, actor, and sports car enthusiast from Blantyre, Malawi.
Finding a high-performance sedan is like striking a gold mine. In this case 135bhp SAE is 127bhp DIN.. As with many other British Leyland cars of the period, a number of "special tuning" options were available for the Dolomite Sprint, offering dealer fitted upgrades to the car that included larger carburettors, freer flowing exhaust systems, and competition camshafts. In the same month, Culcheth and Syer finished fifth overall in the Snowman Rally, and seventh overall in the Mintex Rally a month later, with Tony Pond and D. Richards coming first in Group 1. This was changed to 'Dolomite Sprint' and published reasons vary. While it never got as much attention as the classic BMW 2002 or the famous Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV, the Dolomite Sprint still holds a special spot in the auto industry. All the cars were painted black with wide silver stripes running full length, with the letters "SE" at the end of the rear wing. Neither is there any evidence of BL documentation supposed to mislead the FIA that 5000 cars fitted with HS8s and a higher lift cam, as an 'emissions kit', were exported to California. The Triumph was built to compete with the legendary BMW 2002. Other rivals included the Lancia Beta ($8233) and BMW 2002 ($8419). With emission requirements unique to Australia it was not feasible for British Leyland to reengineer the car for a small niche market.  The Triumph Dolomite Sprint is propelled by an inline-four engine that produces up to 127 hp and 122 lb-ft of torque. Sprints were raced throughout Australia including by dealers such as Ron Hodgson. When BMW released the 2002 in 1968 they struck gold, it was a smaller sized two-door saloon offered seating for four adults, ample trunk space, and all the practicality of a sedan while still offering sports car-like performance and handling. Sporting sedans date back to the early 1960s. The Dolomite bodyshell was still being made as the basic Toledo (short boot bodyshell, 1,296cc (79cuin) OHV, rear-wheel drive), the 1500 TC (standard bodyshell, 1,493cc (91cuin) OHV, rear-wheel drive) and the Dolomite/Dolomite Sprint (Standard bodyshell, 1,854cc (113cuin) / 1,998cc (122cuin), OHC, rear-wheel drive). However according to Matthew Vale, it was during development that Triumph switched to measuring power from imperial(SAE) to metric(DIN), which calculated outputs approximately 5 per cent lower. The Dolomite Sprints interior is quite unique, featuring a stylish dashboard that houses all the important buttons and knobs, such as a pressure gauge and tachometer. Silodrome was founded in 2010 as a website dedicated to Gasoline Culture and all it entails - We write about modern cars, classic cars, motorcycles, racing, gear, gadgets, clothing, boats, planes, airships and the occasional submarine.Read more Silodrome 2022. all rights reserved.  By the late 1970s the Dolomite was looking increasingly old fashioned against newer competition, though still popular. As a result of the use of this engine, the Dolomite Sprint has been claimed to be "the world's first mass-produced multi-valve car". In September Dron managed 3rd place overall in a Sprint competing in the RAC Tourist Trophy race of that year.  The 16v Sprint generated a profile far higher than outright sales would suggest. Styling was similar to the Triumph 1500, with some updates such as a black painted rear panel, vinyl D-posts, and new wheel trims.
The 1300 retained simplified fittings, including single, square, headlamps, basic instrumentation and seats, with the wooden dashboard and carpeting of the Toledo. The Triumph Dolomite Sprint has an outstanding outer styling that is next to none, and it goes down in history as one of the most '70s-style cars to ever roll out of Great Britains assembly lines. The Michelotti-designed Triumph Dolomite is a four-door sedan with moderately sized trunk and space inside for up to five passengers. Triumph were however dissatisfied with the market performance of the 1300; although it had been moderately successful, the higher price and greater complexity meant sales never reached the levels of the simpler and cheaper Herald which preceded it. The Dolomite gained a reputation for fragility.
Retirements were rather frequent resulting in failure to complete any rallies during 1974. , The BSCC changed to an FIA Group-1 (series-production touring cars) competition from 1974 and the Dolomite Sprint was homologated into Group-1 on 2 Jan 1974. The SE also sported a front spoiler and Spitfire style road wheels. But from 1975 (following FIA rule changes), it only required 500 a year. Culcheth and Syer finished second overall in the Tour of Britain and in the Manx Trophy Rally held in August, while P. Ryan and F. Gallagher came in ninth overall. The press gave the Dolomite Sprint an enthusiastic reception.
The car is now due to roll across the auction block with Historics Auctioneers on the 25th of September in England with a price guide of 12,000 15,000, this works out to approximately $16,600 $20,750 USD. "A higher-powered development of the slant-four would provide the perfect engine to compete more effectively in motor sport. Wilfred is pursuing an Electric Car Technology program and spends a lot of his time writing for hotcars.com, penning down fast whips, celebrity collections, and everything else in-between. The Triumph Dolomite small saloon car was produced by the Triumph Motor Company division of the British Leyland Corporation in Canley, Coventry between October 1972 and August 1980. 060mph acceleration took around 8.4seconds, with a maximum speed of 119mph (192km/h). From May 1975 on, overdrive and tinted glass were standard. However, the Acclaim was not a sporty model, designed instead to compete with traditional family saloons, although it did manage strong sales on British market.
Another distinct exterior feature was the black simulated leather roofs coverings, which extended from the windshield up front to the back. In the Lombard RAC Rally of 1976, the Sprint was forced to retire with engine problems.
The Manx Rally held in September 1977 was the very last rally where a works-entered Sprint was entered, but it ended its rallying career on a high, managing seventh overall and first in Group 1 (both "Class 1" and "Production" classes) driven by Ryan and Nicholson. , Things improved slightly in 1975 when a Sprint crewed by Brian Culcheth and Johnstone Syer finished 11th overall in the Welsh Rally in May 1975 (FRW 812L). The optional overdrive and automatic transmissions from the 1850 model were also offered as options on the Sprint. Triumph Dolomites continue to be used in many forms of classic motorsport today, with cars being campaigned on track, hillclimbs, rally stages and autocrosses in the UK, mainland Europe, and Australia, as well as the USA..  In total, 38 Rios were sold and were produced from 1975 to 1977. Also available was the Panther Rio Especiale, which used the Dolomite Sprint as a base. The Triumph TR6 and Stag could be specified in Mimosa but not other Dolomites.