The Triumph Acclaim was significant in so many ways that it’s difficult to understand why it has such a rough ride in the classic press in recent years.
It proved that British car assembly line workers could screw together a car equally as well as their Japanese counterparts; it was the first Anglo-Japanese production car built in the UK. It was the last Triumph ever made – sad end to a brief and promising career.
The Acclaim was a good car to drive, though – its Honda running gear made it pleasant to drive and reliable like no other BL car of the time, but it was too cramped for European families, and soon proved itself as a rampant ruster – although far better than the first-generation Rover 200, which replaced it.
The Acclaim remains cheap to buy, and still reliable. It’s also old enough now to have genuine classic appeal.
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It was a brave new world for BL – a Honda built in the UK, but in many ways, the Triumph Acclaim represented so much more. When launched in 1981, the Acclaim was heralded as the first of a long line of Honda/Rovers, but more importantly than that, it proved once and for all that […]
Billed as the car that was totally equipped to Triumph, the Acclaim was really the marque’s last chance saloon. And in the end, the Acclaim failed to bolster Triumph enough after its launch in 1981 to save it from oblivion. And as Keith Adams explains, it was through no fault of its own. The end […]
Ladbroke Avon put together an interesting upmarket version of the Acclaim. It was initially only made available through the Henleys franchise, before being offered to a wider audience after the Turbo was launched in 1983. As a result, the Avon Acclaim sold in small numbers – a handful of which, still survive. During 1981, Avon […]
The Honda Ballade came to BL in the early months of 1980, and the company planned to create a different look for the car. The sketches, penned by the BL Styling Department clearly show that the designers initially worked under the false assumption that they would be able to alter the car’s styling – as […]
BL seals pact for Japanese to produce first car in Britain From our Correspondent Tokyo, Dec 27 BL and Honda today ratified an agreement under which a Japanese car will be produced in the United Kingdom for the first time. Terms of the agreement, signed by Sir Michael Edwardes and Mr Kiyoshi Kawashima, president of […]
THE GUARDIAN COWLEY WIZARD WILL HEAD HONDA TIE UP Mr Andrew Barr. a tough 41-year-old Scot, who ran BL’s Cowley assembly plant while it became one of Leyland’s most successful factories , has landed another important job. He is to be manufacturing director for Rover Triumph. His responsibilities will include the British version of the […]
DAILY EXPRESS HONDA TAKES THE WHEEL FOR NEW TRIUMPH By David Benson British Leyland and Japan’s Honda motor company are to join forces to produce a new Triumph car, it was disclosed yesterday. Japanese designed, it will have a Honda engine and transmission and be built on licence at Canley, Coventry. But pressings for the […]