1980 Triumph TR7 (Sprint) Convertible

Make: Triumph
Model: TR7 (Sprint) Convertible
Year: 1980
Registration Number: JDL 466W
Chassis Number: TPADJ7AT209012
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: 7 July 2021
Mileage: 58000
Guide Price: £7000 - 9000
Road Tax Exempt

Thought to be a bit of a gaffe by Triumph Marketing , the TR7 started badly as it wasn’t a hairy chested, rorty TR at all! The press didn’t like it one bit. However the classic car world can be quite forgiving and the more recent press articles have had nice things to say about the TR7, as it has proved to be rather good in its own right. Had it been called the Triumph Hurricane or some such, maybe its story would have been happier and it could have been marketed as a handsome two seater with spacious cockpit and really quite good performance/economy. Comfortable ride and decent handling are both a feature.

So let’s not judge this car too hastily. If you want a sporty rather than rorty Triumph, please read on:

Whilst the TR7 factory was passing from its original home in Speke to Canley, things were improving and much more was going on behind the scenes by way of product development.  The TR8 was perhaps aimed at the V8 loving USA, but a few managed to find a home in the UK. This came close to the original TR theme and a factory built one would be quite a find. Several 7s have become 8s and properly  converted, can be good fun.

Less known was the TR7 Sprint, which was given the Dolomite Sprint 16 valve engine and a five speed gearbox. This was produced in very limited numbers in fixed head coupe guise and appears to have been close to the TR8 in performance and enjoyment. So there are some TR7s that have become TR7 Sprints and the conversion kit is apparently available.

So here we have a TR7 Sprint, not a factory built example but a very competent conversion, having also had uprated brakes and poly bush suspension to take care of the extra performance.  The elegant wedge shaped lines of the standard car are retained and there is little different to notice until one opens the immaculate engine bay and find the crackle black valve cover, twin SU carburettors with K & N air filters and a Kenlowe fan. The body work is excellent as is the paint and the spacious cockpit with wide doors, make ingress and egress much easier than some other sports cars. The Moto-Lita wood rimmed steering wheel is a nice touch and of course the five speed manual gearbox makes for relaxed cruising. Alloy wheels add to sporty appearance and the barely used hood folds down beneath a neat cover. On the 8th of July this year, the Triumph received an oil change and new filter, a new alternator and a fresh MOT test certificate.

This particular motor car is quicker than its intended competitors, handles well and has a decent history file which includes former MOT certificates and invoices for work carried out. Next year it will gain ‘historic’ status making it Road Fund Tax free and MOT exempt. It is also offered with a V5C registration certificate, workshop manuals, a hairdresser’s friend to stop back pressure on one’s hair do and a few spares. The original speedometer showing 55,000 miles is included, and the TR has covered about 3,000 miles since.