Triumph TR7 & TR8 Stories
The Triumph TR8 was never available in the UK where I grew up. British Leyland went bust before they could make enough. So I always wanted one.
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!
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.
My car is on temporary display in a museum-this is the story that is alongside it.
FMN 2D rolled off the production line at Canley on 31 August 1979 and was first registered in May 1980 as HRA790V.
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.
Forty years ago I purchased this car brand new in Lenexa, Kansas. It currently has 124,000 miles on the odometer. To keep it looking this good, I have performed the proper maintenance and wear-and-tear repairs that you would expect on a 40-year-old car.
Being a Triumph owner (I have five), the TR8 is by far a driver’s dream for the afternoon cruise or the road trip. Starting a TR8 and hearing the throaty V8 come to life is an exciting experience every time the key turns over.
Built in 1979 at Canley with a TCN prefix chassis number most sources would call this car a pre-production model. This Inca Yellow car with black interior features an automatic transmission and dual 175CD Stromberg carbs.
Over the years I owned an MG Midget and a Mazda Miata. Neither car adequately filled the void. I got the itch again for a Triumph in the summer of 2016.
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.
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.
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."
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.
We purchased our TR7 Spider on 10/19/1982 from the Union Jack Triumph Dealership n Hayward, CA. Post British Leland it was one of two remaining new cars left in their showroom the other being a silver 1981 TR8.
In 1982 while in the US Air Force and stationed in Iceland, I decided I wanted to buy a TR8 coupe. I began to call back to the Triumph dealers in the US.
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
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!!
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.
I bought this car 2 months ago, not running. I rebuilt the Stromberg carb's, replaced the entire wiper assembly and rebuilt the 5 speed transmission. I also replaced the pod headlight assemblies from a local junkyard that had a ‘79 TR7 there.
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.
Then I sold the TR3A and years later I returned with a TR7. A 1981 Triumph TR7 drophead from May 1981. The car is immaculate with only 14,000 miles on it and is still my British sports car.
In 1965, I had a 1957 MGA roadster I bought my senior year of high school. I had worked mechanically on the car and had it running fairly well, but the exterior and seats were really tired. Upon high school graduation, I went on active duty in the Army reserve and while in basic training unbeknownst to me, my dad, not a car nut or a man known for showing his feelings, had my car painted...
I am not a purest. She started out as a mild mannered TR7 and morphed into what she is today. She has a Buick 231 cid V-6, the 5 speed is from a Camaro, and the rear end is from a Mustang GT. The suspension uses Koni shocks, competition springs and poly bushings.
This is my 1971 Triumph TR-8. The TR-8 Car Club of America’s membership directory shows only 2 pendilican white convertibles. Both cars are ‘81’s “exit cars” (last year) built.
I bought this TR7 off the original owner about four or five years ago. It had been a daily driver in Edmonton (6.5 hours North), the car had been well maintained. However, the salted winter city streets had taken their toll on the body and it looked every bit 30+ years old.
This is my 1980 TR8. It has been extensively modified and really does go.
Per my moms account, I have been smitten by Wedges since I was a child. As a teen in 1990 with a freshly printed driver's license, I tried (unsuccessfully) to convince my dad that a white TR7 would be the perfect car.
This TR7 was originally my grandfathers, as I grew up I watched this car sit in his garage. Throughout the years the TR7 accumulated many problems, with its electrical system, things past mine and my grandfather’s repair.
Check out more pictures of Craig Houghtaling's 1979 TR7!
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