Phoenix-Trident Motor Corporation

A Brief History (WIP)

Phoenix-Trident Motor Corporation (1949) LTD, as it was Legally known was formed Through the merger of its two Major Constituent Companies and several Smaller Manufacturing Firms. The Two Major Players were :
Phoeniix Motors (1899) LTD - A High end Luxury Manufacturer, Specialising in the Production of Ultra-Expensive, Usually V12 powered, High end Cars
Trident Engineering and Automotive Developments (1910) LTD - A Large Engineering Company with an Premium Automotive Arm and Engine Development division.

Propped Up Via Military contracts In the War and Post war Period and Encoraged to Merge by a Governmental grant, The company would be split thusly :

Engine Production and Design would be Done by the PTMC Power Unit and Drive Train Division and A comprehensive Engine Line up would Be Formed based off the 1952 100 Series Design to Provide economies of scale. Engines as of 1955 would be as follows :
100 Series - 1300-2000cc SOHC I4 - Cast iron Block and Head (52-75 with an Upgrade in 1965)
200 Series - 2250-3000cc SOHC I6 - Cast iron Block and Head (52-75 with an Upgrade in 1965)
300 Series - 3250cc-4000cc SOHC V8 - Cast iron Block and Head (52-75 with an Upgrade in 1965)

High End Vehicle Manufacture and design would Be undertaken By Phoenix Automotive

Premium Vehicle Manufacture and Design would Be Undertaken By Trident Motor Company and would Cover 1300cc-4000cc Premium and Sports-Oriented Models

Componentry and Body Manufacture would be Undertaken by PTMC Bodywork and Componetry Co. and Priority would be undertaken to bring alot of component manufacture in-House

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Trident Amethyst MK1 1955-64

Developed From 1952-1954, The Trident Amthyst was the First Post-war car to be sold under the Trident name.
Built on a 90 inch wheelbase with Macpherson Strut Front suspension, with Double Wishbones at the back, The Amethyst range was designed as a sporty, Fast little, Upmarket saloon. It was powered by the 1500cc-2000cc Versions of the 1952 100 Series 4 Cylinder and had an AM Radio fitted in all Models with a well appointed interior. Launched in 1955, It was a Big success, With Demand Outstripping Supply in its first 2 Years Due to the Ongoing Development and Productionising of The follow Up Trident Emerald

Produced over a 9 Year Run, It sold Well, In part due to Crisp Exterior styling, Well appointed interior and High technology (For the time) Engineering.
Overall Sales : 713,092 Cars

The range was as Follows :
3 Bodystyles - 4 Door Saloon, 2 Door Saloon and 5 Door Estate
3 Main Trim Levels - Super and Deluxe Available with 1500 &1750 engines and all 3 Bodystyles, GT trim with 2000cc engine, Sporty Exterior/Interior trim and Lowered Ride height (2 door Only)
Trident_Amethyst_(55-64).zip (109.7 KB)

Trident Emerald MK1 1957-1966

The 1957 Follow-Up to the Amethyst, The Mk1 Trident Emerald was designed as a logical Upscaling of the Amethyst, Using the same Suspension System As its Smaller Counterpart, the car sits on a 108 inch wheelbase and they were fitted with either the 2000cc I4 100 Series (120-80) engine or the 2250cc, 2500cc and 2750cc 200 series I6 engines. It was fitted with a more upmarket interior to its smaller counterpart and Unlike the amethyst had Coupe and Cabriolet Variants, Although it did not have a factory estate version, something that Would be rectified on its Mk2 Successor.

A slower seller than the Amethyst, it nevertheless Established Trident as a Company with Upmarket aspirations and the Styling was once again a strongpoint of the design
Overall Sales : 233,003 Cars

The range was as Follows :
3 Bodystyles - 4 Door Saloon, 2 Door Coupe and 2 Door Cabriolet
3 Main Trim Levels - Deluxe and Executive available on 2000cc,2250cc and 2500cc models (Cabriolet Not available on 2000cc and 2250cc). Limited Trim level available on the 2500 (Cabriolet only) and 2750 (All Body Styles) models, with Deluxe Not an option for 2750cc model.
Trident_Emerald_(57-66).zip (188.3 KB)

Trident Onyx MK1 1960-1968

The MK1 Onyx, Based On the Amethyst With a more elegant style and Sporting aspirations, Was Launched in 1960 as an entry to the sports car market to complement the Upmarket aspirations. It shares its wheelbase, engines and rear suspension with its saloon cousin but due to space constraints under its low bonnet, a double wishbone suspension set up replaced the Amethyst’s Macpherson Struts. It had the Same engines of 1500cc, 1750cc and 2000cc as its saloon basis but overall was a more sporting and fun drive due to its front suspension and more sporting setup.

A good seller during its 8 year run, It was popular in export markets, where sports cars were very popular at the time. Its well appointed interior was recieved well by the press as it compared well to the more spartan offerings by their competitors. The Shooting Brake version was a slower selling than the coupe and Cabriolet versions and would Not be part of the Onyx II Range That replaced this model
Overall Sales : 252,995 Cars

The range was as follows:
3 Body Styles - 2dr Coupe, 2 Door Cabriolet, 3 Door Shooting-Brake
1 Trim Level Only

I have a name idea for the merger: Phoedent.

You could the Audi route where one brand became the most prominent and so branded it all as one.

I like where this going so far.

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Pheodent Would be great… If they had a toothpaste Division! I have the MK2 Saloons nearly ready…

I meant Phoedent, but hey Pheodent also works well

Phodent would be a better choice - it rolls more easily off the tongue.

Trident Malachite MK1 1965-1973

The Larger Counterpart to the Onyx, The MK1 Malachite was launched in 1965 along with the MK2 Amethyst and is a Larger Sister to the 4 Cylinder onyx, Sat on a 97.6 inch wheelbase and Fitted with the Familiar MacPherson/Double Wishbone suspension setup, It was One of the first Models by the company to feature a Clutched Limited Slip Differential and Mechanical Injection, Which would be carried over to the MK2 Emerald (1967), With which it shares alot of its Engine Range. These innovations, as well as a Sleek, Stylish and Areodynamic Body would Propel All Models to over 120 MPH With the 4000cc V8 Coupe able to reach a Stratospheric (for the time) 149 MPH, with a 0-62MPH Dash in just 6.5 seconds. Unlike the smaller car, Where the shooting Brake was never a popular option, The Shooting Brake version of the Malachite was a respectable seller, Adding something a little different to the range.

A respectable seller during its 8 year Stint as Tridents Flagship Model, It was Popular in both Export and Home markets, earning a Good following, Thanks to its Stylish Looks, Which remained un-altered through its Life, a Fantastically appointed interior and Power enough to embarass some cars with 50% more engine than its V8 models.

Overall Sales : 85,244 cars

The Range was as Follows :
3 body Styles : 2 Door Cabriolet, 3 Door Shooting Brake and 3 Door Coupe
1 Trim Level Only

Trident Amethyst MK2 1965-1974

Launched In 1965, Along with the Brand Flagship Model, The MK2 Amethyst reflected the Optimistic Ambition that the Trident Division Posessed after Their ‘Generation 1’ Models had been recieved well. Using the Tried and Tested Suspension from Its predecessor, Tuned to provide a better ride and better handling, It sat on a 96 inch wheelbase and its engine range now included the 2 litre engines on Both main Trim Levels, Of which ‘Super’ and ‘Deluxe’ Had been replaced with ‘SL’ and ‘SLX’ with the Sporting GT model being kept to as the Jewel in the crown. All models were Fitted with the 5 speed Gearbox and the new Clutched Limited slip differential with the high end SLX models gaining Hydraulic powered Rack and Pinion Steering as standard. These improvements and Up-Gunned engines meant even the Least powerful 1500 Models being capable of 95MPH and the Fuel-Injected 2000GT being able to hit 120MP.

Building on its Predecessors Success, The MK2 Amethyst was a Strong seller across its 9 Year Production, Suprisingly not Hampered by its lack of a 2 Door Variant. A Fastback 5 Door Model was Under Consideration but the Styling Department Couldnt Make the styling work as well as they had with the other models and it was thought that it would cannibaliise sales from the Estate, Rather than win over people From Competitors.

Overall Sales : 866,312 Cars

The Range was as Follows :

2 Body styles - 4 Door Saloon, 5 Door Estate (5 Door Fastback and 2 Door Saloon Variants Mooted but cancelled Due to Styling Issues)
3 Trim Levels - SL and SLX Models Available with All Engines and Body Styles, GT Trim Available as 4 Door Saloon with Fuel Injected 2000cc Engine only
4 Engines - Twin Carb 1500cc,1750cc and 2000cc, Mechanical Injection 2000cc (GT Only)

Trident Emerald MK2 1967-1976

The MK2 Emerald, Designed to replace the Now Aging MK1, Was the same Logical extention of the Contemporary Amethyst Model as its Predecessor was. It Featured similar Styling to its smaller counterpart but Unlike the Amethyst, Power steering was available on all Models. Sat on a 106inch wheelbase, it had the Familiar Suspension system that was serving the company well as well as the 5 Speed Gearbox and Clutched LSD that debuted on the 1965 Models. The Emerald was a Capable car that complemented the Malachite Near the Top of the range, Reflected in the fact That the Coupe and Cabriolet versions of the Emerald had been dropped to not cannibalise the sales potential of the Sportier Model, Although losing two variants, It gained the 5 door estate model that its predecessor lacked and this model was a welcome addition to the range. Like the Smaller amethyst, its Trim Levels were simplified to SLE and SLX, The Lower spec SLE Designations difference to the SL of the Amethyst due to the Emerald’s More Execuitive focus, The main difference between the Emerald’s Trim Levels being the Equipment and some materials used in the interior. As for performance, None of the range can be called Slow as even the 2000cc 4 Cylinder models could reach 115MPH thanks to the Mechanical Fuel Injection system the company had developed, with Range topping (at launch) 3000 SLX Saloons being capable of 128MPH

Although overshadowed by its Sporting Cousin, the Emerald Was a good car in its own right. Being based on the MK2 Amethyst and MK1 Malachite, helped it Stay at the Fore-Front of the Executive car market, Later gaining the 210BHP 4000cc V8 from the range-topping Versions of the Large Coupe it shared Engines and components with.

Overall Sales : 297,644

The Range was as follows
2 Bodystyles - 4 Door Saloon, 5 Door Estate
3 Trim levels - SLE/SLX - Both Bodystyles, 2000-3000cc Engines Only, GTV8 - 4 Door Saloon, 4000cc V8

(.Zip Files for these cars and The Onyx will be available as soon as i have the time to make them)

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I see a trend of using gemstones as your car names, I like themes as they make your brand have something to distinguish from others.

Would be cool to see like an halo car/ flagship model of its era such as the Ferrari 250 GTO, Mercedes 300SL gullwing, Maserati Tipo 51 Birdcage, Porsche 550 speedster, etc.

Maybe Ruby would work for it, or Diamond(could be used for luxury), or Obsidian(would work for trucks/SUVs), or Painite(rarest gem in the world, or Beryl(more suited for electric~luxury), or more.

Anyways I’m looking forwards to a flagship model, the top of the top, the halo car, the one that would be considered as a classic, the racing legend, and a poster car for racing.

Love what you did with the Amethyst.

Thanks for all your kind comments! I plan on developing a Variant of the Malachite as a Seperate model for that Very purpose… anything bigger than 5 litres would be Verging on Phoenix Territory (More on them at Another time) but a Firebreathing Halo car is on the Table. Dont worry…

(You asked, I Delivered)
Trident V12/48 - 370 1970-1975

Built as a Homologation model for their Race Car with the same, Albiet More highly tuned V12. The Trident V12/48 was a Very High performance Derivative of the Malachite But very few components were shared between them. The V12/48 was Built by the Homologation Arm of the PTMC Racing Division, set up in 1965 to bring a higher profile to the companies image, and in terms of Production, Price, Engineering and most other respects it fit in more with the hand Crafted Phoenix division than the Mass Production Trident Brand. Boasting All Round Double wishbone suspension, Hand Beaten Aluminium Panels, vented disc brakes, alloy wheels and a Race derived V12, the V12/48 could reach 181MPH and a 0-62 dash in 5.2 seconds thanks to the 370BHP the V12 provided.

Overall Production : Limited run of 200 Cars per year (Produced over 5 years)

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Trident Onyx MK2 1969-1976

Launched in 1969 to replace the Onyx I, The MK2 is more a careful evolution and development of its predecessor than a lock, stock and barrel replacement. Gaining a fastback Coupe style similar to the Malachite MK1 with Freshened Styling to keep the car looking reasonably fresh into the 70s, The Onyx II Sits upon the same Floorpan as its predecessor, with a few alterations, and Shares its all round Double wishbone suspension. The Engine line-up was also freshened, Gaining the same engines as the Amethyst MK2 Saloons, although Opting to Not use the Carb-fed 2000cc engine, in favour of the Injection-fed Variant due to the increased power of that model, Leading the 2000cc coupe model to a top speed of 123MPH.

A Reasonable seller, In the same vein as its predecessor, Its Obvious Links to the MK1 Seemed to do it more good than harm, as it sold strongly into the 70s

Overall sales : 210,877

The range is as follows :
2 Body styles : 2 door Cabriolet and 3 door Coupe
1 Trim Level Only


TrIdent Amethyst III 1975-1984

Bursting onto the scene in early 1975, The Amethyst III and the 1975 PTMC Engine range Were a step up from their predecessors in alot of ways. The Amethyst III was given a Useful Wheelbase increase to 99 inches, Ventilated Disc brakes and its Engines recieved a Brand new DOHC-16V Aluminium head and Mechanical Injection (The Same system developed from the Emerald II and Malachite I). These amongst others Made the Amethyst III a Tantalising prospect, Especially when The smallest Engined saloons could reach 110MPH while the firebreathing Turbocharged 260 model could hit 150, albiet with typically disastrous 70s Turbo lag that was a result of the Highly tuned nature of the engine. Thought was given to Putting the Smallest 1300cc Engine in the car but This engine was seen as Unneeded for a Performance Saloon.

The First Car built by the company to sell over 1 Million cars, The Amethyst III benefitted from Its Maker’s Technologically advanced, Reliable and solid image. The Sportier versions were the more exclusive Of the range by far, Especially the Turbo Models, as their engines required specialised alteration and engineering

Overall Sales : 1,134,299 Cars

The range is as follows :
2 Body Styles - 4 Door Saloon, 5 door Estate
3 Main Trim Levels - SL, SLE, SLX
4 Sport Models : 2000GT, 160-TURBO, 210-TURBO and 260-TURBO

(Once again i apologise for the lack of the .Zip Files… I will get round to them eventually)


Trident Sapphire I & Onyx III 1976-1985

Onyx :
Launched with its saloon sister in 1976 to replace the now aging MK2 Onyx, which in essence was an Updated MK1. The 1976 Onyx III Finally gained the Now-Familiar MacPherson-Front/Wishbone-Rear Suspension system that its larger contemporaries used. It gained both a Turbocharged 180BHP 2 Litre version and the small 1300cc Engine that had been originally mooted for the Amethyst but dropped for being too small for a car of that size, Despite what their competitors thought on the subject. The new Onyx, although sharing its Brand new, very capable floorpan with a saloon car, was no-less a Sports car than its predecessors, Continuing the Blend of a Well appointed interior with a sporting flair and Performance that made its predecessors such good sellers.

Sapphire :
The Saloon Counterpart of the Onyx, It was decided to develop the cars together to allow the platforms to be shared and benefit from economies of scale as the two Models shared the vast majority of their componentry. With engines ranging from 1300cc to 1750cc, it complemented the Amethyst and provided prospective buyers a cheaper entry to the Trident range with more practicality than the small sports car that shared its floorpan. Unlike its larger Brother It Lacked an estate version which was due to the original intended bodystyle of a Hatchback, Although with RWD. This concept was abandoned as it was thought that buyers of the premium cars that they produced would have opposed to a hatchback in the range.

Both cars reasonable sellers, With the Sapphire helping to widen the Trident Brands appeal whilst keeping their Premium and Upmarket reputation intact, The combined sales of both models eventually Totaled more than 800,000 cars.

Onyx : 211,425 cars
Sapphire : 613,664 cars

The Product range :
Sapphire : 1 Bodystyle (Saloon), 2 Trim Levels, 3 Engine choices (1300, 1500 and 1750cc)
Onyx III : 2 Bodystyles (Coupe and Cabrio), 1 Main trim level, 5 Engines (1300, 1500, 1750cc, 2000cc NA and 180BHP 2000cc Turbo)

Trident Garnet I 1976-85

Capping off the 1976 Launches with the Garnet, This was the car that Replaced the 6 Cylinder versions of the Malachite I, and sat on a the same wheelbase as the Amethyst III. The Garnet was introduced to replace the smaller engined Malachite models and Did so with quite some success. The Similarities with the smaller Onyx were evident in its styling and driving characteristics with the 6 Cylinder engines providing smooth power delivery and good torque. it had gained the 2250cc engine and its engines went all the way to a Firebreathing 330bhp twin turbo engine fitted to a coupe body only that in true 70s style had some… Intresting power and torque characteristics due to its late spooling turbochargers.

The Garnet proved a worthy replacement for the 6 Cylinder Malachite models and Slightly exceeded the sales of its predecessor, Eventually totalling over 120,000 cars.

Overall Production : 125,466 cars (Mostly export Models)

The Range :
2 Bodystyles (Coupe and Cabrio)
1 Trim Level
5 Engines (2250cc, 2500cc, 2750cc and 3000cc NA - Coupe and Cabrio 3000cc Twin Turbo - Coupe Only)

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Trident Emerald III (1977-1986)

The 70’s were a time of expansion for Trident and this Expansionist Policy was Evident in the MK3 Emerald, Sat on a 108 inch wheelbase and Following the Styling themes of its Smaller Sisters, The Emerald III was a step up from its predecessor, Gaining all the advances its Smaller counterparts did, Allied to a Typically 70s Smart looking, Sharp as a razor body. For the first time on a main (Non-GT) production model the Trident V8 Engines made their way into the Emerald in 3500 and 4000cc NA and 4000 Turbo Varients, Providing stiff competition to Competitors Large 8 Cylinder saloons at long last. Performance wise the Emerald was as good as ever, Its Top-of-the-range V8 and Turbo V8 Saloons able to reach 160 and 170 MPH respectively, Speeds which could embarrass alot of cars More expensive than them.

The MK3, Despite Being seen as a more upmarket car than its predecessor, was none-the-less a Brisk seller in its 9 year run, Although its 2250 and 2750cc versions had lost some of their luster when compared to the 2000, 2500 and 3000cc versions and would be dropped in 1984.

Overall Sales : 396,687

The range was as follows :
2 Bodystyles - 4 Door Saloon, 5 Door Estate
4 Main trim Levels - SLE/SLX (Both Bodystyles, 6 Cyl Only) 3500 V8 (Both Bodystyles) 4000 V8 and 320 Turbo (Saloon Only)

Trident Malachite II / Diamond I (1981-1989)

Based on the Emerald Platform, Albiet Modified Considerably, The Diamond and Malachite were the Culmination of Tridents Expansionist 1970s Ideas, The Malachite (Top) being a V8 Powered Sports Coupe and The Diamond (Bottom) being a Sharp-Edged Fastback V10 Powered Halo car. Both Engines were developed at the same time and the V10 was a compromise between Needing an engine Larger than the Existing 4 Litre V8 and wanting to keep the 500cc-Per Cylinder Capacity of the Largest Engine in a family. Both cars were Produced in 2 Bodystyles, Coupe/Fastback and Targa-Top Convertible, The choice of a Targa-Top being taken as the original Soft-Top Concepts had performed poorly due to loss of rigidity. The Diamond Effectively replaced the Limited-Run V12/48 and, while in NA tune was Slower overall due to its Fastback shape and larger Dimensions, was a Good deal cheaper than its predecessor and in 560 BHP Twin-Turbo Tune had a higher top speed although the Turbo Lag was a menace to get to grips with.

Both Cars were reasonable sellers although being effectively Halo Cars they were bought by those people who wanted something a little more Hardcore than the Emerald but could not afford the Lofty Heights of the V12 powered, Hand crafted Phoenix’s and as such did not fly of the shelves compared to their Stablemates

Overall Sales :
Malachite II : 62,279
Diamond I : 15,563


Trident Motor Company (PTMC) Model Range Circa 1981 :

Premium Saloons (RWD)
Sapphire MK1 - Small Saloon/Family car
Amethyst MK3 - Mid-Range Saloon/Family car
Emerald MK3 - High-End Executive Saloon/Family car

Premium Sports (RWD)
Onyx MK3 - Small 4cyl Sports Coupe/Cabrio (Platform Shared with Sapphire MK1)
Garnet MK1 - Mid Size 6 Cyl Sports Coupe/Cabrio (Platform Shared with Amethyst MK3) - Malachite MK1 6 Cyl Models Replacement
Malachite MK2 - Large/High end 8 Cyl Coupe/Targa (Platform Shared with Emerald MK3 and Diamond I) - Malachite MK1 8 Cyl models Replacement
Diamond MK1 - Top-Of-Range High end Sports 10 Cyl Coupe/Targa (Platform Shared with Emerald MK3 and Malachite MK2) - Halo Car Replacement for Limited run V12/48

Number of Platforms : 3
Number of Engine Families : 4

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