The rise in values, I think is due to the Ford situation, cant aFORD one,
then what's the next nearest to it ah dolomite, viva, avenger etc.
Prices move and demand shifts.
I think the "Ford situation" as mentioned above will definitely have affected the prices of Sprints, I'm a perfect example of that very situation and the decision I made.
I've been a Ford man all my life and never really considered owning any other (middle class) performance car apart from Fords. In 2010 when we built our new house I had to sell my mint example red RS1600i, a well known car that had featured in a Ford magazine etc. I sold the car in 2010 for the market value at the time which was 4k, a fair price. That car 7 years later is a 15K car, totally unbelievable and brings tears to my eyes......... The Ford scene has gone totally mad in the last 12 to 24 months, I know the Ford scene well and never envisaged such a mental rise in their value in such a short period, if I had my 16i would still be in sitting in my garage. Imagine an RS2000 selling for just under 100k a few weeks ago, I know of one RS16i that sold for over 40k (only 1,670 miles on the clock), but that car sold for 17k just a few years previous.
When I started looking for a classic again I accepted that I was priced out of the market for the condition of Ford car I wanted, as I'd need to pay between 15k - 20k for it, and there's more pressing matters to spend that kind of money on. Sad to say after 36 years owning Fords, and letting the market catch me out my time of owning one is gone!!!
I had to start looking at what my options were, it wasn't a difficult decision as the only car I regretted never owning outside Fords was a Triumph Dolomite Sprint, I remember them 'back in the day' and they were nothing short of "WICKED"..... RS2000s couldn't shake a Sprint off, no way, on your bumper all the time and just as much fun on the corners.
The problem was when I seriously started looking the prices had risen..... Prior to this I had done my research and looked at old adverts from the past 12 - 18 months so I reckoned I could get a mint one with good history for about 5k, I had done my research after all, and looked at what they'd been selling for and I had seen plenty go for between 5k - 6k. However, the reality was very different last October, cars selling for 8k that needed work, the 'black cloud' was over my head as I hadn't budgeted for spending more than 7k and hoping to get a right corker for that money........ I almost bought a few as my patience ran out, but I held in there, and with the help of Tony Wood's I found exactly what I was looking for, but it took patience to keep turning cars down - the Sprint had risen in value and I couldn't understand why when their values were quite static it appeared for some time - but the Ford climb is without doubt the cause.
The reason I'm convinced of the above is that when I was priced out of the Ford market myself, I started looking for the next best thing, and that was the "Sprint".
The Sprint is climbing to its rightful value I think, I just wish it had delayed until I got mine........
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1980 (W) Triumph Dolomite Sprint, Auto, White, 52k miles - ownership by 2 family members since new.
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Supplied by Jimmy Metcalfe at Lavender Hill Motors Ltd, Enfield on 30th September 1980