1976 Triumph Dolomite Sprint

***Images supplied by vendor***

Highlights 


 • Running and driving
 • Strong history folder
 • Manual gearbox
 • From long-term storage

The Appeal


Offering the opportunity to obtain a largely original, running and driving manual Dolomite Sprint, these British sports cars - with their rev-happy 1998cc 16v engine - are becoming more and more popular with enthusiasts and nostalgic ex-owners, offering attractive styling, an engaging driving experience and strong enthusiast support.

With glowing praise from motoring journalists in-period, with Motor magazine lavishing praise upon the more powerful Dolomite sprint - “It is a tremendously satisfying car to drive… Performance is there in plenty [sic] yet economy is good and the model’s manners are impeccable” and continued enthusiasm to this day from classic car owners, this example boasts an overdrive transmission (standard from 1975 onwards) and is finished in an attractive green-over-black colour scheme.

Requiring some light fettling and a general ‘going over’ yet offered for sale without any known mechanical or electrical faults, this is a wonderful ‘rolling’ project for an enthusiast looking to get his or her hands dirty, and return a truly iconic British sports car to its former glory.

History/Paperwork


 • V5 registered keepers document present
 • Extensive history / documentation, with stacks of invoices and paperwork
 • Previously in long-term storage
 • Two sets of keys
 • Eligible for MoT / road fund exemption on account of its age

Originally out-shopped in brown (from what the HPI check reports) but previously re-sprayed in the attractive green colour you see here, this Dolomite Sprint has enjoyed long-term ownership in recent years, with the previous keeper having owned it for around a year (during which time it has barely been used and largely kept in storage) though prior to this, the owner before had the vehicle from the early 2000’s, during which time it saw significantly more use.

A desirable later-production vehicle featuring overdrive as standard on its four-speed manual transmission and fitted with a cloth interior, this is an ideal candidate for a ‘use (after an initial good going over) and improve’ project for a budding or knowledgeable enthusiast.

Other than the aforementioned re-spray, this Dolomite Sprint is believed to be in largely original condition, with no known accident history, major modifications or changes from its original specification. 

Having been taken out of storage by the vendors, the car has been driven a short distance to ensure she starts, moves and stops, though a full ‘going over’ and major service is advised by the vendors before the vehicle sees any major use.

The Interior

  
 • Generally presentable condition
 • Room for further improvement, but ready to use and enjoy
 • No warning lights / system errors
 • Rear privacy glass / tinted windows

On the inside, the gloriously 70’s brown / beige cloth interior has largely escaped the ravages of time, having seemingly been kept in good order over the years, no doubt helped by careful long-term ownership and subsequent storage. 

There is, naturally, plenty of ‘signs of life’ in here. The seats, for example, are largely free of any damage, rips or tears, but there are a few small ‘nicks’ visible in the photographs, and plenty of creasing/puckering to evidence the years of use and enjoyment.

Similarly, the various high-traffic areas such as the door cards, inner sill covers, dashboard and carpets show plenty of usage patina and imperfections, but nothing that requires any immediate attention.

In the rear, the spare wheel is present-and-correct, and the boot floor looks to be solid as far as we can tell.

The vendors report that all systems are working as they should be from what they can tell, with no obvious faults from the electrical systems.

The Exterior


 • Significant potential for further improvement
 • Largely straight - ready to use and enjoy

On the outside, this Dolomite Sprint offers significant potential for either total aesthetic restoration, or makes a strong case for a trendy ‘sympathetic restoration’ whereby the mechanics are overhauled, but the body retains its hard-earned patina for maximum character.

Whichever route the next owner wishes to take, the good news is that all of the panels, trims and pieces are present-and-correct as far as we can see, with no major accident or impact damage visible.

That said, the various panels do show a typical and commensurate wear such as scrapes, scratches, stone chips and other imperfections to be expected from a vehicle of this age and mileage.

Due to the aforementioned respray at some point in the vehicle’s history, there are now numerous blisters and ‘micro bubbles’ located around the vehicle’s bodywork, likely due to sub-standard preparation at the time of painting causing a long-term chemical reaction.

Elsewhere, the rear lights show a few small cracks but are not letting any light through, whilst the front ‘quad’ lights are in great shape. 

Up above, the black vinyl roof is showing its age in places but does not require any immediate remedial work as far as we can tell.

All four wheels remain in good shape and present well, though we’d suggest replacing the tyres on account of their age, due to having been stood for a long period of time.

The Mechanicals


 • Starts, runs and drives
 • No known mechanical faults, but recommissioning is required

Under the bonnet, the 1998cc 16-valve engine is reported to be in full working order, judging from the short distances covered whilst the vehicle is in the care of the vendor.

That said, due to its extended period of inactivity, a full check-over and major service is advised, with the vendor giving the following judgement on its condition:

"The car starts well and drives with no obvious faults being evident but having said that the seller now strongly recommends a good going over before any use as there may be faults which are not noted."

On account of its age, the vehicle is exempt from mandatory MoT examinations, with the most recent certificate having expired in 2009.

Summary


With a continued strong enthusiast following, readily available knowledge and an extensive parts network, these old-school Triumph sports cars remain a strong choice for enthusiasts looking to own a charming, yet still useable example of 70’s British sports car history.

This particular example, boasting a manual gearbox with overdrive, is in need of recommissioning and a little TLC, but offers a myriad of possibilities for the next owner to use, improve and fettle to their heart's content.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1976
  • Make Triumph
  • Model Dolomite Sprint
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 95,692 Miles
  • Engine size 1998
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
15 bids from 10 bidders
  • njs48 £5,700 06/10/22
  • mervyn-•••• £5,600 06/10/22
  • njs48 £5,500 04/10/22
  • njs48 £5,000 04/10/22
  • njs48 £4,600 04/10/22
  • pben43 £4,500 02/10/22
  • Arthurf•••• £1,900 02/10/22
  • andrew-•••• £1,800 01/10/22
  • Arthurf•••• £1,700 01/10/22
  • ruffef £1,500 01/10/22

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