Lot 145 - 1938 Triumph Dolomite Saloon
|Odometer reading||93,336 miles|
|Estimate||£32,000 - £40,000|
- Restored over a 27-year period
- Presents in magnificent condition
The Triumph Dolomite is a car that was produced by Triumph Motor Company from 1934 to 1940. It first appeared in 1934 as a sports car and the name was also used from 1937 on a series of sporting saloons and open cars until 1939 when the company went into receivership. A number were still sold and registered in 1940, though it is uncertain whether the receiver or new owner turned out cars from spare parts or sold off completed cars. All except the Straight 8 featured a ‘waterfall’ grille styled by Walter Belgrove, versions of the saloons with conventional grilles were sold as Continental models. Triumph had been moving progressively upmarket during the 1930s, and the 1938 Dolomites were very well equipped, with winding windows in the doors, automatic chassis lubrication, a leather-bound steering wheel adjustable for rake and reach, dual hydraulic brake circuits, twin trumpet horns, and spot lamps included in the price. There was even a tray of fitted tools slotted beneath the driver's seat cushion, and for an extra 18 guineas buyers could specify a radio. The body was aluminium over a rot-proofed ash frame. Like many Triumphs of that time, the car followed the American trend of concealing its radiator behind a flamboyant shining metal grille.
This stunning example has been owned by the same registered keeper for the last 34 years and presents in beautiful condition. Finished in Dark Arden Green with tan leather interior this Triumph really is aesthetically a very pleasing car to look at. Ample chrome creates a great contrast against the bodywork and the condition of this car is first class. Taking some 27 years to restore by the registered keeper it is clear to see the quality of skilled workmanship that has gone into this pre-war delight. Apparently the ‘waterfall’ grille was virtually impossible to find and even more difficult to fit!
Powered by the two-litre engine this Triumph is a credit to the original designers and perhaps an even bigger credit to the craftsmen that have put the car into the condition it is in today. Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the quality of this magnificent, quintessentially British motorcar.
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