A Triumph Dolomite SE with only 82 miles on the clock from new was the star attraction at the Classic Car Spectacular at Tatton Park in Cheshire last weekend.
Show organiser Stuart Holmes, of Cheshire Auto Promotions, said: “The Dolomite is sensational – fresh out of the box. Seeing it at the show was like walking into a British Leyland showroom in 1979.”
The Dolly, which is a run-out LE model in black, identifiable by its silver body graphics and Toledo/Dolomite 1300 headlamps, was bought new by Triumph fan Brian Johnston, whose family ran the Stratton Motor Company in Long Sutton, Norfolk. Formerly a BL outlet, the garage still exists and continues to specialise in British cars, although it has moved a little upmarket, with Aston Martin, Lotus and Morgan it’s three current franchises.
The Dolomite was one of several Triumphs bought new by Mr. Johnston and stored in a dry, heated garage for several years. It comes with all of the original paperwork in mint, unused condition and still has all of the protective plastic wrappers on all of the seats. Needless to say, the body, underside and engine bay are unmarked, making it the closest you could find to a new Dolomite anywhere.
The LE run-out Dolomite was the best-equipped 1500 model, with real burr walnut door cappings and dash panels, sports wheels, tinted glass and a push-button radio as standard, though arguably the lack of twin headlamps makes it look more basic from the front.
A beautiful car…. but what could you do with it these days? Needless to say, the £3925 dealer sticker in the window was its new price, and it certainly wasn’t for sale at the show!