When my father first purchased this car in 1988 it had been an accident and the left side had been damaged. At first, nothing was immediately done to it, but a few years later, he decided to take the car to a body shop, where they repaired it and got it looking like it had rolled off the showroom floor. That was in 1990, which is also the first year in which I could drive.
My father taught me how to drive on a three on the tree column shift GMC pick up truck. He made sure that myself as well as my two sisters learned how to drive a stick shift in case we were ever with a friend who might have been drinking and we needed to drive their manual transmission car home. Once I got my drivers license, he gave me the keys. Needless to say, it was a really cool car to have in high school. Fast forward a few years and I ended up going to college about 4 1/2 hours away from where I grew up. I drove this Triumph back-and-forth almost every other weekend and it never once broke down on me. However, I wanted something a little more modern with air-conditioning so they bought me a used Dodge pick up truck. The Triumph ended up sitting in a garage for years as I finished college and went on to other schooling. It sat for 12 years with no attention to it. My father would always ask me when I was going to get around to restoring it, and my answer was always "eventually". Well, my father passed away about three years ago and it wasn't until then that I decided to restore the gift he gave me when I was in high school. I brought it to someone who specializes in British car restoration and he restored everything but the motor. I got the car home and rebuilt the carbs, the fuel pump, and sent the distributor off for a recurve. Now the car is back to its original beauty, runs like a champ, and has won a few awards at car shows.
This car will always reminds me of my father and the good times we had together. I hope to one day pass this car on to my daughter and she will share in the rich memories as well.