If the new Triumph from BRM truly evoked the TR3 (as the new Mini nicely
evoked the old while still being modern) then TR3C would seem apropos.
But why stop there?
A new line of cars, with more "Triumph" lines than the Z-series BMW, would
be nice even if on BMW platforms. And to me that evokes the TR4-5-6 more
than the 7-8. Then, since this is the 21st century (years beginning 20..)
begin a new numbering line with TR20, TR21, etc.
(Why skip over TR9? -- because there was a TR10 so we need to get past
And while they're at it, how about a new line of Spitfires? Engines in the
1400-1600 range but with OD so they are friendlier on the
--Rocky (Spitfire guy)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 7:44 PM
Subject: Possibility of rebirth of Triumph?
>I had the chance to have dinner with Tom Purvis, president of BMW a couple
> nights ago.
> As some may know, he hails from Rover and is quite the British car
> enthusiast. I mentioned that I race a TR3 and he admitted a special
> for that
> car. He quickly reminded me that BMW owns the rights to the Triumph name
> hinted that there had been some discussion about bringing the Triumph name
> from the dead. I suggested a retro TR3 looking car based on the BMW Z-4
> the 2.0 liter four cylinder BMW uses in Europe, since the original TR3 had
> liter four cylinder.
> Without putting to many words in his mouth he seemed genuinely interested
> this idea and wanted to talk about it further. I told him a year from now,
> once the enormity of the new retro Mustangbs success was obvious, would
> be a
> time to discuss this whole idea some more.
> What do you guys think? Would you buy it? What should it cost? Should it
> called the TR1 since the name was never really used or the TR9? Tom
> the enormity of setting up the MINI dealer network and building a new
> image. What if BMW started a sort of BMC or British Leyland division again
> lumped Triumph in with MINI?
> Let's get some dialog going on this and I will get back with Tom Purvis.
> it will be easier to get him to our message board, than to get him to join
> and a message board is easier to keep organized than a million emails, I
> started a thread on our message board:
> Please go here and post your ideas. if you participate in any other
> boards, groups sites etc, please also see if you can get them to post
> ideas on this thread. I for one would love a new TR3 looking car with BMW
> performance and build quality. This guy seemed genuinely interested. Heck
> maybe we can change the automotive world with our little club of Triumph
> wackos! Thanks.
> Tim Suddard/Classic Motorsports magazine