The mid-1970s were a difficult time for fans of British sports cars. Technology had moved forward and the British sports car industry lacked the necessary funds to compete against such new cars as the Datsun Z and Toyota Celica.
As a result, the British continued to build the cars of a decade earlier, and while these cars – MGB, MG Midget, Triumph Spitfire, Triumph TR6, etc. – sold reasonably well, they were not at all competitive against the newer sports car designs.
In a last-ditch effort to create a new-style sports car, British Leyland created the Triumph TR7, which was advertised as “The Shape of Things To Come.” This wedge shape was a completely different design than any Triumph that came before, and the last new sports car (along with the V8-powered TR8 version) sold by the company.
When it was new, the TR7 was well-reviewed by automotive journalists but not welcomed by the British sports car faithful. The TR7 was just too different from what had come before and seemed to be an affront.
What those faithful failed to realize is that the TR7 is quite possibly the best-handling Triumph ever built. The TR7 also had excellent ergonomics with well-laid-out controls and excellent seats, and it did not leak in rainy weather.
There was a downside to the TR7, though, and it had to do with timing. Triumph TR7 production started just as labor issues in the UK became their worse with strikes and sit-ins becoming the norm. The resulting production of the first TR7 cars were less than spectacular, and quality control went from acceptable to horrendous. This also damaged sales, and the TR7 failed to save the company.
There are few truly great examples of the TR7 that survive today, and it can be more difficult to find a nice TR7 than it is to find a nice Ferrari Daytona.
According to the seller, a dealer in Cadillac, Michigan, this TR7 is a true survivor car with the added bonus of being what was called the Victory Edition with its original paint and upholstery. Finished in Carmine Red, with white stripes with chrome accents, and a vinyl top from new. The car also features a period-correct aftermarket chin spoiler.
The car has extensive documentation and includes its original BL window sticker, original dealer window sticker, sales receipts, service history and owner’s manual.
This is a solid southern car, the seller states, that has had extensive mechanical restoration, include rebuilt engine, transmission and front suspension, and new brake master cylinder and booster.
This TR7 coupe is the finest example I have seen in years and represents an excellent buy with an asking price of only $5,495. This is a car that is likely to win every TR7 award at a Triumph meet and that will seriously turn heads at any British meet.
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