TR7/TR8

The cars : Triumph TR7/TR8

The cars : Triumph TR7/TR8

The last of a great Triumph line – although few would have believed it to be, when designing this important car back in the optimistic days of the early 1970s. The TR7 looked like nothing else on the road, but couldn’t match the show with enough go… but despite that, it went on to outlive […]

Drive Story : Triumph TR8 across America

Drive Story : Triumph TR8 across America

Florida red eye Richard Truett I’m on the verge of being sacked at work. It’s just days from my 52nd birthday and I’m getting married in less than three months. There’s really only one thing that will help me sort all this: a solo road trip in my 1981 Triumph TR8. Long, lonely hours behind the wheel […]

Tested : TR7 vs Beta vs X1/9 vs Alfasud Sprint

Tested : TR7 vs Beta vs X1/9 vs Alfasud Sprint

Seven of the best The Triumph TR7 was misunderstood when new and lacked a certain something, but has since emerged as one of the classic car industry’s most enduring starter cars. But Keith Adams wonders if cheap parts and simple mechanics are enough to make the TR7 a better bet than the vivacious Italian opposition… […]

By October 20, 2012 39 Comments Read More →
Triumph TR8 EFi

Triumph TR8 EFi

We all know that the TR7 and TR8 had years of development potential ahead of them, and yet, due to the company’s continual retrenchment, the car was put out to pasture far too early in 1981. Richard Truett, AROnline’s man in the USA, feels the same, and to prove the point, has created an EFi […]

Sheaffer TRZ

Buy the pen, win the car… When pen company Sheaffer launched a stylish new ball pen called the TRZ in 1981, they spotted an opportunity to use the similarly named TR7 to promote it. Thus, the Triumph TRZ was created. Externally, the car announced itself with bold “Sheaffer” and “TRZ” graphics on the bonnet, boot […]

IAD TRX

Worthing-based International Automotive Developments decided to raise its profile with a TR7 facelift project… Anyone visiting stand 146 at the 1980 Brimingham Motor Show would have been able to inspect a facelifted version of the TR7, with glassy, 2+2 fastback styling and a T-bar roof with removable panels. The car, dubbed TRX, was built by […]

Crayford TR7 Tracer

Crayford sought to produce a more practical version of the TR7… By the mid-1970s Crayford had established itself as Britiain’s foremost producer of estate and convertible versions of mass-produced cars. When they turned their attention to the TR7, they might have been expected to produce a convertible – particularly as BL’s own drop-top would not […]

Sports car projects : Triumph

Sports car projects : Triumph

The Michelotti Bullet & Lynx Entering the 1970s, Triumph decided on a two-pronged attack on the sports car market: Bullet was the TR6 replacement incorporating, like the Stag, a roll-over bar and T-bar. Lynx was the closed coupé, to replace the GT6. Like all Triumphs since the Herald in 1959 (and excluding the Karmann-designed TR6), […]

Head-to-Head : Ford Capri vs Triumph TR8

Head-to-Head : Ford Capri vs Triumph TR8

Richard Truett The final Triumph TR and the Ford Capri are two of Britain’s most iconic ‘affordable’ sports cars of the 1980s. One, caught up in corporate financial turmoil and never developed to its full potential, died prematurely in October 1981. It is only now being appreciated for its advanced styling, excellent handling, sensible cockpit […]

Car of the Month : January 2008

It still seems hard to believe that the TR7 and TR8 were not more successful; the later cars – especially the fuel injected convertibles – should have been world beaters. But we find an immaculate example of the ultra-rare Spider Edition, and a walk through its service history is extremely revealing, although not gratifying for […]

By January 1, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Car of the Month : February 2007

It might look more comical than a Space Hopper, but stick a tuned Dolomite Sprint engine into a Triumph TR7, strip it out, add a roll-cage, then stir the pot, and you’re left with a seriously quick trackday weapon. Words: Keith Adams, Pictures: Alisdair Cusick Wedgetastic Not a standard TR7 by any means, but boy, […]

By February 1, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Car of the Month : July 2005

We all know that BL wanted to develop the TR7 into a family of sporting cars to fully replace the GT6, TR6, MGB and Stag – and that Bullet and Lynx only went part way towards achieving that goal. Gene Thompson thought so too, and fired up his copy of Paint Shop Pro to produce […]

Car of the Month : April 2003

April’s car of the month features the optimum version of BL’s “Corporate sports car”, the Triumph TR7. In this case, I refer to the more attractive convertible version, sporting the V8 option: Triumph TR8 – an unfulfilled classic car. The Triumph TR8 was launched in the US in 1980, with the sole intention of increasing […]

Archive : The Triumph TR7 is launched

Archive : The Triumph TR7 is launched

The Times writes The TR7 represents an investment of £11m and is being built at the Triumph factory at Speke, near Liverpool. The eventual production target is between 60,000 and 70,000 cars a year. DAILY EXPRESS QUOTES Lord Stokes in London: “We want to see the TR7 earn a lot of money in America. It […]

By January 20, 1975 0 Comments Read More →
Archive : Project Bullet update

Archive : Project Bullet update

Project Bullet – Minutes from the Jaguar and Rover Triumph Advisory Board John Lloyd , Triumph Technical Director reported that “some re-testing of Bullet may be necessary as the cars had failed to meet Federal regulations when tested in Detroit although they had been satisfactory in Coventry.” He was hopeful that the ‘re-set’ vehicles would […]

Archive : Project Bullet progresses

Archive : Project Bullet progresses

Project Bullet – Minutes from the Jaguar and Rover Triumph Advisory Board Mr M.J.W. (Bill) Sanders outlined the labour problems that could arise, and it was generally agreed that (Triumph TR6) production should continue for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months providing USA sign off the quantities to be shipped […]

Archive : Project Bullet

Archive : Project Bullet

Minutes from the Jaguar and Rover Triumph Advisory Board The latest Bullet programme analysis showed it would not be possible to obtain adequate supplies of components off production tooling in time for Method Build in October 1973 . There is an indication there may be a conflict of interest at Cowley producing tooling for Triumph […]