After an absence of 38 years from Triumph ownership, I have recently taken up a classic car hobby, and bought a 1970 sedan that, while originally a 2000 auto, was upgraded to a 2500 manual (with overdrive) in 1989. This vehicle is also white, with paint code P18. It was manufactured by AMI, which was a renamed Standard Motor Company plant that started to build CKD cars for other manufacturers. I understand that the AMI colours were used on all the vehicles that they assembled. Eventually Toyota bought out AMI, and the plant became a dedicated Toyota manufacturing plant.
I have also bought, but yet to pick up, a 2500S compliance plated 5/77. It is a red, verging on orange colour that I think might be Pimento Red. I don’t have the paint code available at the moment. The one anomaly with this vehicle is that the speedo is in MPH, so I think that it may be a private import from the UK or some other market that was still using imperial units in 1977. Could the colour be anything else than pimento red?
I would like to investigate the origins of this latter vehicle as well. Is there any UK source for a chassis/engine number search that might identify the origins of my vehicle?
Was it British Motor Heritage that had the numbers?
I found it very helpful to hang out at a friendly auto paint company and go through their books. For my S (which used to be that bright brown/red colour) I found the original colours and even in this instance there were two versions of my colour (one with a white in it to increase it’s coverage as apparently red is very transparent). It pays to be very careful when looking for these proper mixes as I could only work out (by trial and error) by painting a patch of my car and comparing it to find which one was right.
AKA Glen Johnson from Hobart Tasmania.
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