Did you know that the 1973 Triumph Dolomite Sprint was the first mass produced vehicle to have a Multi-Valve” cylinder head. First introduced in 1971 the Triumph Dolomite was a modern replacement for the aging Toledo line of cars. The Dolomite was praised by the motoring press of the day for it’s crisp handling and up to date interiors. One problem it did have was lack of power. Only putting out a tractor like 91 horsepower. The other problem was the Triumph was heavily involved in racing and the BMW 2002 was kicking its can on the race track.
To solve the power problem a team of Triumph engineers led by Spen King developed a 16 valve cylinder head susing a single camshaft. With the extra breathing and increased RPM’s power was boosted up to 135 in factory trim. The Dolomite Sprint was able to “sprint” from 0-60 in 8.5 seconds. Top speed was 119 MPH. Very good performance from a 2.0 liter engine. You could get Special Tune parts from the factory to boost your Dolomite Sprint up to 175 horsepower. Triumph sold the Dolomite Spring from 1973-1980 with 22,941 finding happy owners.
See a Triumph Dolomite Sprint in action..