Triumph 2000/2500/2.5 Historial Page

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A brief introduction to the various models may be found in the gallery, part 1 and part 2.


Production history

Years produced, and number built
2000 Mk1 saloon: 1963-1969 108210
2000 Mk1 estate: 1965-1969 7032
2.5PI Mk1 saloon: 1968-1969 6519
2.5PI Mk1 estate: 1969 223
Mk1 Total 121984
2000 Mk2 saloon: 1969-1977 97003
2000 Mk2 estate: 1969-1975 7577
2.5PI Mk2 saloon: 1969-1975 45492
2.5PI Mk2 estate: 1969-1974 4250
2500TC Mk2 saloon: 1974-1977 31819
2500TC Mk2 estate: 1974-1975 673
2500S Mk2 saloon: 1975-1977 5933
2500S Mk2 estate: 1975-1977 2231
Mk2 Total 194978

Based on the Triumph 2000/2500/2.5 Service Notes, June 1995. Information on the production numbering system is available.


Production outside UK

Production outside the UK was always based on CKD kits shipped from Coventry. Interiors were often manufactured locally.

South Africa

A fairly extensive production was carried out in the period 1965 to 1978. Estates were not popular, only 79 Mk1 were built, and no Mk2.

The 2500TC was named Chicane for the SA market. All "pre-facelift" Chicanes had an MK prefix commision number as normal CKD kits, plastic grille "facelift" Chicanes 1976-78 had MM commission numbers.

Years produced, and number built
2000 Mk1 saloon: 1965-1970 8445
2000 Mk1 estate: 1971-1972 79
2000 Mk2 saloon: 1970-1975 5723
2.5PI Mk2 saloon: 1971-1975 922
Chicane (2500TC Mk2) saloon: 1973-1978 5733
Total 20902

In addition to the 2000, TR2 and 3, Spitfire Mk2 and 3, and the 1500 FWD saloon was also assembled in South Africa.

Many thanks to Gary Blake for the above information.

New Zealand

Triumphs were assembled in Nelson, New Zealand during the period 1971 till 1976. The complete range of models were produced, including the 2000, 2500TC, 2500S, 2.5PI, and 2500PI. There were many more 2500 powered cars sold in New Zealand than 2000 engines.

Many thanks to Andy Skeates for the above information.

Australia

Triumphs were assembled in Australia by AMI (Australian Motor Industries), Port Melbourne.

AMI also assembled Toyotas, amd Ramblers (AMC). It seems AMI used certain non-standard Triumph body colours, which turned out to be Toyota colours.

Many thanks to Alan Skeates for the above information.


Important dates

Spring 1961

Michelotti starts work on design.

November 1962

Final approval of design given.

August 1963

Small scale production started.

October 1963

Basic 2000 introduced, now referred to as the mark 1.

January 1964

First series production cars delivered.

October 1964

Electric windscreen washers, and modified seats. Improved facia design, with parcel shelf on drivers side.

October 1965

Estate version introduced.

October 1966

Improved ventilation system with fresh air vents in the facia and outlets at the rear. Electric clock, restyled seats, grab straps and black rubber inserts on the overriders. Black on white style instruments replaced by more conventional white on black.

July 1963

Production of 2.5 PI starts.

October 1968

Triumph 2.5PI announced.

March 1969

2.5 PI Mark 1 Estate introduced.

October 1969

Mark 2 model introduced, with restyled body that increases boot space by 2 cubic feet on the saloon. Interior updated with an entirely new design, with wood veneer, and new heater/ventilation arrangements. A battery condition meter and an adjustable steering column, plus again redesigned seats completes the interior package.

Other changes include a revised cylinder head design, increased brake servo assistance, and widened wheel track, new wheel trims, and the dynamo being replaced by an alternator.

The PI finally got a large scale rev counter to match the speedometer.

March 1971

Seat belts fitted as standard equipment.

January 1972

Heated rear window as standard equipment.

May 1974

Body facelift with new grille, front and rear bumpers. Redesigned instruments.

2500TC Saloon and Estate car introduced.

2.5PI renamed 2500PI.

March 1975

2500TC receives uprated engine.

April 1975

Last 2500PI produced.

May 1975

2000TC introduced, with twin SU carbs and a lower rear axle ratio. Overdrive now has a lower ratio than before.

Triumph 2500S introduced. Power assisted steering, alloy 14" wheels and head restraints are standard. Suspenion altered with increased ride height, softer springing and a front anti-roll bar.

May 1977

Last car off the line (2000TC, 2500TC and 2500S).


Pricing

Prices given are basic prices for the UK market. Press here if your browser does not support tables.

1963 1965 1968 1969 1974 1975 1977
2000 saloon:

£905
  £993
£1080
  £2284
 
2000TC saloon:
          £2319
£3812
2000 estate:
  £1135
£1203
£1290
  £2690
 
2.5 PI saloon:
    £1133
£1220
  £2611
 
2.5 PI estate:
      £1430
£1999
   
2500TC saloon:
        £1851
  £4285
2500TC estate:
        £2283
£2891
 
2500S saloon:
          £2769
£4602
2500S estate:
          £3199
£5294


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Latest update: July 12th 2000