Lot 253 - 1937 Triumph Dolomite Short Chassis Saloon
|Odometer reading||5,363 miles|
|Estimate||£32,000 - £36,000|
|Result||Sold - £38,080|
Every once in a while, a motor car turns up that is very special. We are delighted to offer this wonderful Triumph Dolomite that was originally purchased by Mr Fred Richardson from 'Glovers of Ripon and Harrogate' on December 16th 1937. In 1955 Mr Richardson, now 70 years old, parked the car in his garage for the last time until it was discovered 25 years later by a Mr Keith Snowdon. It was a further two years before the car was finally rescued from the garage whereby, sadly, the roof had collapsed on it but although the Dolomite was in very poor condition it had only 28,000 miles recorded on the clock.
In 1998, now in the ownership of a Mr Alan Davis, a restoration was embarked upon that would eventually take several years to complete. The major works were undertaken by Rob Green of Gloria Coachworks who is probably the world's authority on the restoration of pre-war Triumph motor cars. The hand crafted alloy over ash coachwork was removed from the chassis and the chassis itself completely restored to as new condition. In fact, the detail includes the fully operational chassis lubrication system. The frame was replaced with new ash and the alloy body panels carefully crafted onto the frame. The interior was found to be in a very poor state so an extensive re-trim to the original specifications was carried out with attention to detail that includes the exquisite art deco door cards and leather detailing surrounding the rear window and roof area. Mechanically the gearbox was rebuilt; the 1.5 litre original engine replaced with a rebuilt 1767 cc pre-war Triumph unit fitted with twin SU carburettors. The differential was replaced with a higher ratio unit that gives higher cruising speeds at lower engine revs. On the road the Triumph Dolomite drives exceptionally well and easily keeps pace with modern traffic. All of the internal and external lights are fully functional and the additional indicators front and rear are in addition to the working illuminated semaphore units. The delightful 'Mellowtone' horns, that sound either loud or soft on operation of the select button upon the steering wheel, work as designed. The coachwork is in excellent order and presented in Willow Green and complimented by the green leather seats and well finished woodwork. A useful sunroof operates easily for those sunny days.
An extensive history file contains photographs of the car when found and of the restoration. The original sales invoice and buff log book are also present as well as period road test reports service data and a useful period 'Triumph Cars' maintenance book by T.P. Postlethwait. Detailed invoicing of parts purchased and works carried out total in the region of £60,000, confirming a no expense spared attitude to the restoration and maintenance of this motor car.
This Dolomite stands out by its striking Art Deco forged alloy grill and handsome lights and horns at the front. We strongly advise that you take a very close look at the detail displayed throughout CWR 860, it will delight. This magnificent pre-war Triumph is a true example of automotive art and being VSCC recognised; may be enjoyed at the VSCC events throughout the year. Offered at a very reasonable estimate this surely represents a rare opportunity, as so few remain today.