Friday, April 17, 2009

Two TR7s - Very Appealing For Very Different Reasons

Here are a couple of interesting TR7s..

The first TR7 is a beautifully restored example. All the usual restoration work has been done; shocks, header, stainless steel exhaust, Weber carbs, new bushings, brakes, interior, body respray, tires, etc., etc. All of that is very impressive and the car looks great, but what really sets this car apart is the engine. The owner turned this car into a TR7 Sprint.

The TR7 Sprint was a real model (sort of) and is essentially a TR7 with the Triumph Dolomite Sprint engine in it. The bottom end of that engine is the same as the TR7s, but the Dolomite Sprint has a 16 valve head which gave it far superior performance when compared to the standard 8 valve head.

It appears that BL was going to produce the TR7 Sprint and created several prototypes (the exact number seems to be unknown), but a labor strike at Triumph's Speke factory caused the cancellation of the project. There are possibly 20 factory-built Sprints left in the world today and it appears that all or most of them are in Great Britain.

The factory-built Sprints are all hardtops. The owner of this TR7 created something unique by turning a convertible into a Sprint.

The car being offered on eBay appears to be immaculate. The seller obviously put a lot of time, energy, money and love into it. Yes, you can find many, many TR7s for sale for less money, but I'm not sure you'll find one this nice, and I'm certain you'll never find one this nice and this unique. (Although I'd take off those wheels and throw on a set of Panasports. But you probably knew that!)
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When you read an ad that states a 1980 vintage car has "low miles", you usually think 40,000 miles or so. Maybe in a rare instance you'll find one with 20,000 miles on it. This TR7 has just 75 miles on it.

You can read the history of the car on its eBay listing, but essentially this car has been in storage since new.

Unfortunately, it's in not in perfect condition. At some point a shelf fell on it and the storage facility must not have been climate controlled as it's showing some moisture corrosion around the headlight doors. You really have to look at this car as a restoration project, although a fairly easy one.
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If I were looking for a TR7 today I'd take a close look at both. The red TR7 is probably the lowest mileage TR7 in the world. It would be a lot like buying a new 1980 TR7. It would attract a crowd at any car show.

The silver TR7 is the type the car that BL should have made from the get-go. It has been beautifully restored with all the right parts.

Both cars are desirable in their own unique way, but in the end I think I'd pick the silver Sprint. I wouldn't feel bad about putting miles on it. In fact, I'd probably put a lot of miles on it as I'd want to drive it everyday... That's what makes a car great.

Click here to see the eBay listing for the silver Triumph TR7 Sprint.

Click here to see the listing for the red 1980 TR7 with 75 miles on it.

Click here to find the TR Drivers Club website. It has info on the standard TR7 and the TR7 Sprint.

This club is also called the TR Drivers Club and maybe it's the same club as above, but it has a different website and some more great info. Click here to find this site.

1 comment:

Richard said...

I love all Triumphs, bikes also, but I could just never get over the TR7 and TR8 styling. Ill admit, there were plenty of cars in the same year who looked just as bad, but building the amazing Stag and the Spitfire, then this?