Since Triumph ceased operations in 1984, its cars are significantly older than most used cars, so it's worth putting together a comprehensive checklist and examining components. It's also worth taking the car to an expert for a more thorough inspection
When examining an older car, especially one made a manufacturer that's no longer operating, it's important to ensure that the engine still works properly. Cars from the 1980s and earlier don't always run as smoothly as later cars, but the car shouldn't vibrate too much or make unusual noises. It's also worth checking the exhaust for smoke, which often indicates a problem with the engine.
It's also important to look for signs of rust, which threatens the integrity of the vehicle's body. Professionals remove rust, but doing so removes some of the vehicle's metal body. Too much rust makes the vehicle impossible to drive safely.
Triumph operated in the United Kingdom and didn't regularly import to the North American market later in its life. However, the Vintage Triumph Register operates in North America and boasts more than 2,600 members. Because expertise in classic Triumph cars is limited in North America, people looking at a particular car can reach out to a club member to ask for model-specific advice.