It seems appropriate, with the biggest day of cheap stuff around the corner, that an automotive door buster be today’s feature. And this is a warehouse-shopping-style deal – a two-pack of merchandise at a very low price. The price per pound here is probably just as good, if not better than the more common low-buck American boat. As with all deals, you’ll have to accept some compromises, but hey look, cheap stuff! Check out this pair of Triumph 2000 Mk1 sedans for sale for $500 in St. Helens, WA.
Just as at the store, sometimes you need to accept a little spoilage to get the good deal. This car is said to be the project car, with a 2-liter inline six (shared with the GT6) running through a 3-speed Borg-Warner BW35 3-speed automatic. The car is said to come with some original documentation, and has been Washington car all its life. It last ran under its own power in 2011, and benefited from ignition system work in 2010. Interior and exterior cosmetics are poor, and the body shows some significant rust for a west coast car.
Carbs are currently off, so while the engine ran a few years back, you won’t want to assume it still does. The entire underhood area looks like a sea monster vomited salt water on it – not surprising since it seems to be parked in a damp shed. Complaining aside, your best bet is probably to send this one to Britain, where an enterprising hobbyist would fix all the rust and repaint the car in a damp one-car stall in his back garden, with only a single pot of tea to sustain himself.
Remarkably, this is considered the parts car. It’s lacking a title, so that’s probably why, as its condition appears better than the blue car. This one is said to be in much better shape, but the engine is apart seized, though it is attached to a 4-speed manual transmission. On a car this old, that’s still wearing its license plates, it shouldn’t be too hard to get the title back. And given its low value, even if it does turn out to be stolen or have a lien on it, you don’t stand to lose much.
Ignoring the engine itself, this one looks pretty fair. All in all, you’re probably best off trying to ignore the seller’s suggestion and try to get the parts car running with bits from the blue car. Or would you rather skip another helping of turkey?