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1980 Triumph TR7 (Sprint) Convertible For Sale

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  • £9,750 As stated
  • 1980
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Price £9,750 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Triumph
Model TR7
  TR7 (Sprint) Convertible
Year 1980
Mileage 2,936 miles
Country UK
Region Hampshire
Telephone 01264 559918
Status Trade
Date 13-Jul-2020
Ref C1245098
1980 TRIUMPH TR7 (SPRINT)
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 2 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 was passing from its original home in Speke to Canley things were improving and more things were going on behind the scenes by way of product development. The TR8 was perhaps aimed at the V8 loving U.S.A., but a few managed to find a home in the U.K. 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 5 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 a conversion kit is apparently still 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 head, larger twin carbs 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 studded Moto-Lita, wood rimmed steering wheel is a nice touch and of course the 5 speed manual gearbox makes for relaxed cruising. Alloy wheels add to sporty appearance.
The barely used hood folds down beneath a neat cover.
Valuing such a car is not straightforward. The TR7 tends to be a poor relation against MGs and similar offerings and its good bits are not always appreciated. This particular car is quicker than its Intended competitors, handles as well and offers better accommodation and comfort. With a decent history file including former M.O.T. certificates and invoices for work carried out, the car offers much for the price asked. Next year it will gain ‘historic’ status making it Road Fund Tax free and MOT exempt.
Fresh M.O.T. , oil change and filter plus new alternator as at 8th July 2020.
Offered with V5C, M.O.T. history and some invoices plus workshop manuals , a hairdresser’s friend to stop back pressure on one’s hair do and a few spares.
Mileage; It appears to have had a speedo change in about 2012 when it had covered some 55,000 miles. It has only done just under 3,000 since. M.O.T. history will confirm


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