TR8

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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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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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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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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