1978 Triumph Dolomite 1300 1.3 petrol
BL's FINEST!!! :)
Fuel gauge didn't read below 1/4 tank.
Sidelight stopped working.
I bought 'Donald' the Dolomite after a scratch developed that I had to itch to buy a 70s BL car.
I found him for sale on eBay for £750, looking very smart in bright yellow!
My Dollie had never been restored/refurbished, was all original bodywork from what I could tell (hence, a bit of a patchwork of different yellows with a bit of brown mixed in as well!), and had 54000 genuine miles on the clock.
It was so original, the only add-ons being rear shelf speakers and a stereo; that's it.
What was it like to drive?? My first impression was how easy it was. I was expecting it to be an absolute pig, but the engine was nice and torquey, steering fantastically direct and precise, and the same with the gear change.
Having only 4 gears though meant ear drum bashing levels of noise at anything above 60mph, the best cruising speed. We did do a 120 mile round trip in Donald to the NEC classic car show and back, and it felt like 500 miles really!!
Performance?! Erm, what's that?? Oh, something all modern cars have but Donald didn't!! Although, he always got there! For the record, he'd do 83mph!
Dry grip levels were fine, but wet conditions meant remembering you were driving on skinny bicycle tyres with a live rear axle and handling ability way, way, way below any modern car. Oh, and the brakes were absolute crap. Nothing wrong with em, just rubbish, as I found out once when I had to do an emergency stop from 60mph and ended up 100 ft up the road from the bloke in the Transit van behind me who also had to stop!!
Anyway, Donald was very good fun and I was sad to see him go, he never let me down and I'd quite happily own another Dolomite, although maybe an 1850 or a Sprint, which is what everyone used to ask when I said I had a Dollie! "Is it a Sprint?"!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th September, 2013