For lovers of the might-have-beens of the British motor industry, who have a few quid in their pocket, the opportunity to buy this wonderful Ferguson Formula Triumph 2500PI Estate might be too hard to resist. It’s a 1972 model, currently on offer with Classic and Vintage Cars AG in Switzerland for 55,000CHF, or around £36,900.
The car was converted to run four-wheel drive by Harry Ferguson Research, an offshoot of the tractor company, which introduced its pioneering all-wheel drive system into the automotive world via motor racing. The most famous car converted by the company was its first production model, the Jensen FF, built between 1966 and ’71, with 320 produced.
However, after the FF, the Ferguson Formula was also applied to other cars, often in prototype form, including the Dodge Challenger, Ford Zephyr and, more recently, the Opel/Vauxhall Senator, which proved rather effective during the latter days of the Cold War in East Germany as tour cars for BRIXMIS (click to read more about that).
The Triumph 2500PI for sale was built as a one-off for a Swiss customer – a doctor, who wanted a Triumph that could get him anywhere in this mountainous country. Its four-wheel drive system features a viscous coupling for its centre differential, said to be the first road car to be so equipped. It was delivered in 1972 and featured in Autocar magazine, and the doctor kept it until 1983, when it was sold to its second owner, who used it as transport for his holiday home.
It was then re-sold in 2000, to its third owner, who had the car restored in 2003. Since then it’s covered a further 20,000km (12,500 miles), and the seller says it’s in very good condition. The car comes with its interesting history extensively documented (we’d love to see that), and is one of many Triumph prototypes or one-offs that have survived.
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