The Triumph 2000/2.5 PI sedan was a large, rugged and spirited performer, well suited to rallying in the 1960s. Its long career as a factory entrant on the international rally stage commenced in 1964 with the 2000 Mk I and culminated with the 2.5 PI Mk II’s exceptional performance in the 1970 London-Mexico World Cup Rally.
The ‘big’ Triumph had many of the right ingredients for endurance events. Its strong unitary body shell was equipped with supple four-wheel independent suspension, front disc brakes and rack and pinion steering. This provided an excellent platform for the base 2.0 litre and PI’s larger 2.5 litre fuel-injected inline sixes and their four-speed overdrive manual gearboxes.
It also competed for several years in the annual 500-mile (800 km) Bathurst endurance race at Mount Panorama, when the event catered for showroom stock production cars. Fittingly, the 2.5 PI Mk II model represented the British marque in the rorty sedan’s final Bathurst appearance in the 1970 Hardie-Ferodo 500.
1964 Armstrong 500
The Triumph 2000 made its Bathurst debut in 1964. With four competing classes based on retail prices, the British sedan was well represented in the most expensive Class D (￡1,201-2000) with four entries pitched against other high-priced imports like the V8-powered Studebaker Lark, Ford’s six cylinder-powered Zephyr Mk III and Citroen’s ID19.