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David & Robin Copas 1980 TR7

David & Robin Copas 1980 TR7

In 1981, Robin and David were carefree professionals enjoying life in their TR, woo-hoo!    Robin drove it to work every day.  We even took it to Grand Lake, Colorado, to visit the in-laws, driving over Trail Ridge and through Rocky Mountain National Park.  What a beautiful trip that was with the top down!

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Brent Owens 1977 TR7

Brent Owens 1977 TR7

I bought it from the original owner who had purchased it off the showroom floor and enjoyed it for 123,000 miles.  But it was worn out and needed, well, everything. I undertook a 2-year complete restoration where I rebuilt or replaced nearly everything, including re-engineering some of the factory design defects.

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Steve Olson 1980 TR8

Steve Olson 1980 TR8

I was not allowed to test-drive it or even start it.  I thought the price was too high, but the owner refused to budge.  I knew that only 2500 and change had ever been built, and this was likely to be my only opportunity to buy one.

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Thomas Roberts 1980 TR8

Thomas Roberts 1980 TR8

These are some pictures of my two TR8s. Both are 1980 drop heads. One has 97,000 miles and the other has 47,000 miles. They are basically the same, except one has had the intake converted to accommodate a Holley carburetor. The other still has the original Stromberg's.

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Connie Smeriglio 1980 TR7

Connie Smeriglio 1980 TR7

I have always loved quirky little cars. Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Carlisle, PA surrounded by muscle cars, I have loved the little British cars. Sprites, Spitfires, MGs and my favorite was the Triumph TR7. Over the years I was never able to buy one until recently.

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Rick Ray 1980 TR8

Rick Ray 1980 TR8

The screaming yellow car was a body-off restoration done in Florida. The engine was built by Woody Cooper of the Wedge Shop in Taunton, MA. The engine is a 4 litre Rover (with upgrades) that produces over 260 horsepower. No wonder the Brits called the TR8  "the British Corvette."

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William Schuck 1976 TR7

William Schuck 1976 TR7

Here is a photo of my 1976 Triumph TR7. I bought this car in June of 1979, the summer before my senior year in High School. The last time the car was in operation was in 1985. The car was kept in my garage and covered until now. Over the past two years I restored the car for operation.

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Tom Rowe 1980 TR8

Tom Rowe 1980 TR8

I ended up with a 1980 Triumph TR8 because I love all the hybrid European cars with good old American motivation. I was attracted to the TR8 in large part because of the 215-cubic-inch aluminum V8 that was originally designed and built by Buick in the early '60s

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Jack Russell 1980 TR7

Jack Russell 1980 TR7

Jack Russell knows full-well that his car doesn’t like his wife. Mainly because it absolutely refuses to let her start the engine! Time after time he’s taken the trouble to show her just how to insert and turn the key. Time after time the engine resolutely refuses to fire – she just can’t do it!!

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James TenCate 1980 TR8

James TenCate 1980 TR8

Back when I was in school in Austin, Texas I had managed to scrape together enough money to get the air conditioner repaired on my TR8. I was pretty pleased with how well it worked and with temperatures nearing 100°F every day that August. I was looking forward to using the air conditioning frequently.

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Fred Wagner 1980 TR8

Fred Wagner 1980 TR8

This particular car has the original color exterior and plaid interior, though it has a number of mechanical upgrades, such as an Edelbrock manifold, Holley four barrel carb and headers. All these upgrades do make it quite a capable road car, and much faster on the track and at a stoplight.

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