66,353 1500 Made
25,549 1500TC Made
|Body Style||4-Door Sedan|
|Length||162 inches (4115 mm)|
|Width||62 inches (1568 mm)|
|Height||54 inches (1372 mm)|
|Wheelbase||97 inches (2454 mm)|
|Weight||2093 pounds (950 kg)|
|Engine||1493 cc OHV I-4|
|Similar||Triumph 1300 |
The Triumph 1500 was a successor to the Triumph 1300, which in turn had been intended as a replcaement for the Triumph Herald. The FWD 1300 was intended to compete with the BMC 1100 range of vehicles, but it never achieved the success of the BMC 1100. In 1970, the 1300 was replaced by the 1500 which carried the same FWD chasis until 1973 when it switched to RWD. Ironically, the Herald had outlived the 1300, but production was halted in 1971 to make way for the Triumph 1500 and Triumph Toledo. The Toledo, 1500, and the early-70's Dolomite were all essentially the same car, but with different engines and appointments. By the mid-70's, Triumph revised the confusing name system by naming the whole small-car lineup "Dolomite" with numbers, such as 1300 or 1500, to indicate what the engine and trim level was.
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Styles and Major Options
The Triumph 1500 initially came as a front-wheel drive vehicle, but after 1973 Triumph released the 1500TC which was rear-wheel drive. The "TC" designation signified the fact that the vehicle carried twin carburettors.
Because the 1500 was a part of a family of small Triumphs, the 1500 didn't have many major options by itself.
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