Without doubt the most controversial of Triumphs TR range made its debut in 1976 the TR7. The TR7 bore no resemblance to the previous "macho" TR sports cars and has since been the subject of much lively debate in Triumph circles!. The TR7 was British Leyland's answer to many safety and emission requirements which were beginning to threaten the traditional TR6. At first the TR7 would only be available as a fixed head coupe as it was believed that convertibles would soon become outlawed, a convertible became available from 1979.
The TR7 had a wedge shaped, steel body (which soon gained a reputation for rust) and featured pop-up headlamps. The engine used was a 1998cc four cylinder unit developed from the Triumph Dolomite range. Early cars made do with 4 speed manual transmission but later cars could be fitted with either 5 speed manual or an automatic unit.
The TR7 stayed in production until 1981, 112,000 cars being built in that time.