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Lot 381: Triumph TR7 V8 Coup�

Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (2 July 2010)

Introduced in 1975 but still up-to-the-minute in looks, the TR7 marked the Triumph TR sports car's abandonment of its traditional separate chassis; other changes from the immediately-preceding TR5/6 formula being the abandonment of six cylinders and independent rear suspension. The newcomer's 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine and powertrain were basically Triumph Dolomite, while the suspension comprised MacPherson struts at the front and a live axle at the rear. A five-speed gearbox and automatic transmission became options and a convertible joined the original coup� version. Throughout the late 1970s, the TR7 Sprint and TR7 V8 prototypes were British Leyland's frontline works rally cars. Although never a catalogued model (why remains a mystery) the former made use of the Dolomite Sprint 16-valve engine, which in full works trim delivered around 220bhp. Much delayed by industrial and corporate strife, the V8-engined TR8 finally arrived in 1980, some two years behind schedule. Prior to the production version's launch, the works rally team's special TR7 V8 prototypes had put up some creditable performances in tarmac events, including an outright win in the Ypres Rally in 1978. When it did materialise in Triumph guise, Rover's 3.5-litre V8 provided a welcome boost to the latest TR's performance but sadly for British enthusiasts the TR8 was a US-market only car, although a handful were completed with right-hand drive. The TR8's UK launch had been scheduled for 1981 but BL's continuing losses meant that Triumph's Solihull plant had to close. Fewer than 3,000 TR8s were produced before production ended in October 1981. The scarcity of genuine TR8s has seen a number of TR7s modified over the years, this example being the work of Grinnall Cars. The car had already been converted when it was purchased by the current vendor in 2004 and comes with Grinnall's detailed information sheets, supplied by the immediately preceding owner, detailing the specification and costs. We are advised that since acquisition the vehicle has been stored in a dry garage, seeing only occasional use on the road. A total of 28,257 miles is displayed on the odometer. Finished in blue with grey leather interior, the car is offered with a quantity of expired tax discs and MoT certificates, Swansea V5 registration document and MoT to March 2011.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, Sussex
TypeCar
Lot Number381
Estimate£3000-£5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2875
Year1979
Condition rating0
Registration numberFIB 229
Mileage-
Chassis numberTCG 104530
Engine number019033
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2