1976 Triumph 2500TC 2.5 six from Australia and New Zealand
A queenly drive
I bought this relic from a 100 year old lady who bought it new when she was 75. Having done only 66000 kilometres in 26 years, the car suffers from stagnation related issues rather than wear and tear.
All the suspension bushes need replacing, the shocks are stuffed and the twin carbs were tuned appallingly. Over the years, the local garage, with no knowledge of Triumph maintenance, changed things to suit their way of working. Bolts are inserted the wrong way, bits attached here and there in COMPLETELY the wrong place and non factory parts masquerading as the real deal.
The air con has absolutely no cold factor and the creaks and groans from the suspension turn heads everywhere I go. I have named my purchase "Titanic" due to the stressing metal noises that accompany me always.
I can tell there is an amazing car just waiting to be discovered.
The ride is seriously smooth and the huge front seats are supreme.
The engine is leisurely but sounds fantastic. Unfortunately it has a strange vibration at 100 km/h that may be the result of lack of use.
The wood trim inside draws comments from all who visit and I reckon it may be one of the best looking cars ever designed - very long and very low.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th January, 2002
19th Apr 2005, 04:37
Just to let you know that you are not alone with the strange vibration at 100km...trying to work my one out as well... I am sure it is coming from the drive shaft... needs to be ballanced... my one starts at about 100km...and disappears at about 115 -120km...then comes back when I button off.
11th May 2005, 00:43
Many cars suffer from this problem not just triumphs. Mine luckily only does it in a minor way. Its possible that its play in the steering joints which is what is causing mine.
22nd Feb 2016, 11:02
I know many years have passed since this review, but I have been online because I just bought a 2500 TC, having had a Triumph 12/50, Mk 1 2000 and a Mk 2 2500PI back in the early seventies.
I had the vibration around the 100 Kph mark mentioned in the review on the 2000 Mk 1. I found it to be the front shock absorbers. Reconditioned struts and never had the problem again in the 50,000 miles that I put on it after - it was a 69 model that I bought in 1972 with 37,000 miles.
19th May 2018, 08:58
Have just bought a 2500tc, built in Nelson NZ 1973. Still has its original paint and whole car A1. Just had lap full reconned head and carbs tuned by a Triumph expert. Great power, smoothness and economy. Done 163k. Love this car, best in club!