After some deliberation I have decided to sell UG SLOW, my 1500HL. Over the last few years I have not been able to spend as much time on it as i'd have hoped and the car is located too far from home so I'm looking to find a new home for it. It will allow me more time to get on with my Sprint project too. I will post some more pics just as soon as I can get over to the lock up to take some though it might take a few days.
1980 Triumph Dolomite 1500HL
Just 48,000 miles from new
Taxed till end Oct 2011
MOT till late July 2011 (can come with 12 months MOT)
I took delivery of the car in late 2007 from a family friend. It had been his parent’s car before they could no longer drive. After that his daughter used the car for several years before it was laid up prior to me having it. I believe that although the number of owners is X that it was brought by the family new and I can only assume that it was first registered to the dealer, then his father, mother, himself, daughter, himself again and then me.
Unfortunately there is very little in the way of old paperwork with the car but the odometer shows just 48k miles from new. The car was garaged virtually all it’s life and the condition inside and out would appear to confirm the mileage as genuine.
Engine and Gearbox
The engine is in good overall condition with no knocks or concerning rattles to worry about and pulls well. It comes with the standard 4 speed gearbox without overdrive. I don’t find the lack of overdrive a problem but it would be easy enough to fit one if necessary. The rear diff is quiet and has no significant leaks.
The beige interior of the car is very original and in very good condition. The rear seats are without sun damage and the front seats are free from sagging or wear. The parcel shelf is in good order and there is some kind of Sony radio fitted. I have no idea if it works as it never came with the fascia.
As you’d expect for a 30 year old car it is not perfect. In her elder years my friends mother became less adept at parking and consequently the doors have taken a few knocks and at some point someone has damaged the boot hinges by reversing into something. This can be rectified with a new set of hinges which I have not fitted.
The doors can probably be sorted easily, there’s no rust to worry about or I have a set of rust free doors that can be supplied if the buyer would like them but they will need painting.
Boot floor and footwells are also rot free as are the chassis legs. One appears to have had a small amount of welding on it but it has been done well. A-posts and arches are also in good condition.
Some of the passenger side door trim is missing - I have some spares but never got round to putting it on. Not a big deal really.
The sills are original and jacking points are all OK. Wings too are good though the seam between the front valance and the wing has a little rust that will need tending to. The front panel and inner front panel are very solid and have benefitted from the ‘Protectol’ rust proofing which was used when the car was new. I topped up the cavity wax a year or so ago using several litres of Dinitrol and a compressor.
Work carried out
Since taking ownership of the car I’ve carried out quite a bit of work to bring it back into usage:
• Front and rear brakes have been overhauled using new wheel cylinders, shoes and rebuilt callipers
• New clutch slave cylinder
• New clutch master cylinder
• Stainless steel exhaust fitted
• New refurbished inlet manifold
• Refurbished exhaust manifold
• Carbs rebuilt
• Cavity waxed
This car is not perfect but is a very easy project and would make a very satisfying classic car that’s cheap to run and own.
If you’re looking for a car to crash, put Sprint running gear in or to use as a donor shell then please look elsewhere. This car deserves a good home and to be looked after by an enthusiast.
The car is located in Staffordshire and viewing is available most of the time just PM me or call 07929 010508