Triumph was a successful company in the ascendancy in the 1960s â€“ and as well as producing sportscars to fight MG in the American market, it was going toe-to-toe with Rover in the executive saloon market. Although the Rover and Triumph 2000 were such close rivals and ended up cornering the market for several years, neither companyâ€™s design team (officially) knew of the existence of their rivalâ€™s offering.
Both cars had heir individual strengths â€“ the Rover was more solid, whereas the Triumph boasted a smooth six-cylinder engine lifted from the outgoing Standard Vanguard. Michelotti styled the Triumph 2000 and it was as sharp as it was handsome. All-independent suspension also ensured a fine ride and handling.
The estate version appeared in 1965, and in 1969 the Innsbruck facelift resulted in a much stronger looking car thanks to its longer, restyled nose and tail. In 1968, the 2.5PI was created, by fitting a fuel-injected TR5 engine under the 2000 bonnet. The Lucas injection system proved to be unreliable though, so a twin-carburettor version was introduced alongside it in 1974 â€“ however, this power boost was enough to maintain the carâ€™s competitiveness against the Rover P6B.
In the end, it was replaced by the Rover SD1 â€“ the big Triumph line dying during the British Leyland era.