CAR OF THE MONTH 118: Novmber 2017
1939 Triumph Dolomite 16
Apart from the Dolomite 8 that never entered volume production (only 3 were made in 1934), the Triumph Dolomite was introduced 80 years ago as a saloon powered by a four-cylinder engine. It later also became available as a drophead coupé and a roadster (with dickey seat). This example dates from near the end of production in 1939 and has the latest engine: a 1991cc in-line 6-cylinder fed by triple SU carburettors that propelled the car to 50mph in 15s. Being capable of almost 80mph, it found favour as a rally car because it was competitively priced at just under £500 compared to rivals from SS Jaguar, Riley and MG.