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Lot 011: Triumph TR7 Convertible

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Launched in 1976 as British Leyland's answer to the safety and emission requirements which were strangling the macho TR6, the TR7's wedge-shaped body and sawn off rump divided opinion like no Triumph before or since. But if the body was shockingly new, the underpinnings were reassuringly familiar  the 105bhp 2-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. At first the TR7 was only available as a fixed-head coupe as it was believed that convertibles would soon become outlawed, but when these fears proved groundless a Michelotti-designed drophead became available from 1979 and continued to sell well until the TR7's demise in 1981, with some 28,864 examples sold, many to America. This 1980 TR7 Convertible has been in the same family ownership from new and has covered a mere 38,000 miles to date. In about 1990, when it had covered around 35,000 miles, the car was put into a heated garage where it was to remain for the next 20 years  hence the good state of preservation today. About a year ago it was taken out of storage, recommissioned, and has covered about 3,000 miles since. Said to run beautifully and to be in good original condition throughout, it is fitted with a CD player, twin K&N air filters and comes with a good service history, a year's MOT and a current tax disc. Fun to own and simple to maintain, these classic British Leyland wedge-shaped sportscars are currently somewhat underrated and this low mileage one owner example looks a tempting prospect at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number011
Estimate£2000-£3000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1980
Condition rating
Registration numberJFC 124W
Mileage-
Chassis numberTPADJ7AT213011
Engine numberCG33322H
Engine capacity (cc)1998
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2