Triumph TR7 & TR8 Stories
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.
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.
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.
The car was owned by a British mechanic in Arizona. The car is a 1980 Triumph TR7, DHC, 30th anniversary limited edition. I won the auction, shipped the car, sight unseen, to New York State. The car was in very good shape, but the interior was sun bleached.
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.
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My story begins with a car not pictured, my first car, a 1973 Triumph Spitfire. When I purchased that vehicle the owner purchased a 1979 Triumph TR7 to replace it. Six years later I purchased the TR7 off the same gentleman and I have owned it ever since.
I am a proud owner of this 1980 Triumph TR7, fuel injected California model. My pop was the original owner and he gave it to me when I was 16 years old.
This is my newest TR-8. This particular wedge was in mighty-poor shape when I purchased it over a year ago.
I purchased the 7 in 1982. Unknown to me the prior owner did not take care of it as it should have been. Almost every part of the car other than the body is new.
My kids would browse the auto trader magazines and one day said "what?? this isn't a Triumph." I owned a GT6+ and they don't look related. I explained that they were mostly in junk yards, and not worth the headaches. They joked for 3 weeks that no one wanted it and it was still in the paper with a dropping price.
This is my pride and joy, my 1980 TR7. I bought it brand new in July of 1980. Now this car has 40,000 original miles on it. This car is maintained in its original condition thanks to your help and well stocked store.