Triumph 1500

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For the Triumph Dolomite 1500 & Dolomite 1500HL of 1976 to 1980, see Triumph Dolomite.

Triumph 1500 & 1500TC
Triumph 1500 1493cc registered January 1973 so apparently from before they switched away from fwd.JPG
Triumph 1500
Production1500: 1970–1973
1500TC: 1973–1976
DesignerGiovanni Michelotti
Body and chassis
Body styleFour-door saloon
Engine1,493 cc (91.1 cu in) OHV I4
Transmission4-speed manual
FWD on 1500
RWD on 1500TC
Wheelbase97 in (2,464 mm) [1]
Length162 in (4,115 mm) [1]
Width62 in (1,575 mm) [1]
Height54 in (1,372 mm) [1]
Curb weight2,093 lb (949 kg) [1]
PredecessorTriumph 1300
SuccessorTriumph Dolomite

The Triumph 1500 is a small front-wheel drive automobile that was produced by Standard-Triumph from 1970 to 1973. It was replaced by the similar Triumph 1500TC which was a small rear-wheel drive automobile produced from 1973 to 1976.


Whilst retaining the front-wheel drive of the Triumph 1300, the body featured a restyled nose, a lengthened tail, twin headlights, horizontally mounted rear light clusters and a larger boot. The interior was also restyled featuring a new design of dashboard and door cards but retaining the wooden door cappings. The size of the Standard SC engine was increased to 1,493 cc (91.1 cu in) with a single SU carburettor and had a power output of 61 bhp (45 kW; 62 PS). The suspension used coil springs all round and was independent at the front, incorporating a dead-beam rear axle at the back, which represented something of a technological retreat from the all-independent suspension offered by the 1300.[2] In 1972 the power output was increased to 65 bhp (48 kW; 66 PS) with an uprated carburettor and inlet manifold. These later cars also had a silver nose badge. Earlier cars had a black nose badge.

The car was capable of reaching a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–60 mph in 16.5 seconds.[1]


In October 1973, the 1500 was replaced by the 1500TC which retained the same 1493 cc engine with twin SU carburettors but these were now mated to the rear wheel drive drivetrain from the recently introduced Triumph Dolomite. The interior and exterior styling remained largely the same. The 1500TC can be identified by the "1500TC" bootlid badge and the black centres on the wheel trims, which were blue on the 1500. The 1500TC was replaced by the Dolomite 1500/1500HL in March 1976, when the Triumph Dolomite range was rationalized.

The car was capable of reaching a top speed of 92 mph (148 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–60 mph in 14.0 seconds (0–100 km/h in 14.8 seconds).[1]

A sunroof option was available.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Olyslager, P. (1975). Observer Book of Automobiles. London: Frederick Warne. ISBN 0-7232-1545-6.
  2. ^ "Used car test: Triumph 1300". Autocar. 135. Vol. (nbr 3942). 21 October 1971. pp. 60–61.