The two companies that Eventually Merged to Form The Phoenix-Trident Motor Corporation in 1952, The Phoenix Auto Group and Trident Motors Both Date from 1920 and 1912 Respectively. The Companies merged due to the Death of the head of Phoenix which lead to the Head of Trident at the time, John Trident, to take an interest in the larger Phoenix group.
The Companies Would Aim to Cover all Sectors of the market with Trident Covering The 1 liter to 4 liter range (Albiet With Cars More Upmarket than their more fleet market orientated rivals. Phoenix would Top The range by offering Ultra-Exclusive cars rangine with engines from 5 liters and above. The Idea Behind this is That Trident Would match More mass-market cars Inch-for-Inch while retaining a brand Identity Of Solid ,Reliable Yet at the same time Upmarket and Quirky Cars as well as Models within each Range that Deliver Sporty and a responsive feel, while Phoenix would serve as a ‘halo’ Brand Producing Expensive cars of Many types : Supercars, High End Gt Products as well as cars that match up and even exceed the standards of the Most Exclusive marques, Truely Producing Cars That Can BEat Most if not all that is thrown at them.
The Conglomerates engine range was and still is Relatively uniform. With The 4 cylinder 100 A and B Series covering 1 liter to 2 liter capacities while THe 200 A and B series Inline Six Engines would cover the 2 liter to 3.6 capacity Range. The 300 A and B Series 90 Degree V8 engines would cover from 3.5 liters to 5.6 capacities while the halo 400 Series v12 would cover anything above 5600cc. All of these 1952 Introduced ‘MK1’ all-cast-iron SOHC 2V engines would be superseded by Identical engines With DOHC 4V aluminium Cylinder Heads In 1980. These engines were identical to their predecessors with most of the new Componentry being the cylinder head which was completely different although these engines would retain their predecessors cast iron block.
Pictured : Trident Amethyst MK1 Base Model.
Trident Amethyst MK1 : 1965 - 1976
Engine Range : 1400cc I4 , 1600cc I4 1800cc i4 (unitl 1970) , 2000cc I4.
Trim Levels : SE (Pre/Pre), SLE (Pre/Lux), SLX (Lux/Lux)
Market Segment(s) : C (Premium Sector)
Suspension : All round DWB (Front and Rear)
Brakes: Front DIscs (all) Rear Drums (SL Only) Rear Discs (SLE,SLX)
Powered Steering : All Models
GearBox and Transmission : Transverse FWD arrangement , 5 speed Manual (4 speed automatic optionsl at request)
Fuel Required : 92 RON Leaded
Fuel Inlet system: Two Single Barrel (Economy) Carburettors (1965-1970), Per cylinder Mechanical Fuel Injection (1970-1976)
Other Equipment : Front Auxillary Lights, Air Conditioning.
The 1965 Trident Amethyst was the companies first attempt at Front wheel drive Being offered as a roomy, sedate alternatice to their rear-wheel-drive Mainstay saloon, the Enigma. This car was aimed For the overseas markets where FWD and Large Interior capacity were things that were liked hugely by the buying public although this car proved quite popular in its home market as well with any people preferring it to its more Dull, ill-equipped rivals. ITs offering of A high specification interior and reliable mechanicals endeared it to both the private buyers as well as a decent share of the fleet market although its sister car , the Enigma MK2 did better in this market due to it being more simple to fix at the expense of interior room due to the enigma’s saloon configuration.
It would be churlish if the original Amethyst, with its transversely-mounted engine driving the front wheels, were poorly packaged inside, but the fact that it wasn’t ensured that it would be a strong seller throughout its lifespan.
not gunna mention that it has a stat of 63 in practicality on automation NO SIR, ima post more stuff ,soon