A highly collectable TR Drivers Club ex-concours winner Triumph TR7 FHC.
Steel panelled unitary construction, moulded bumpers, Sundym tinted glass, laminated windscreen, electric windscreen washers, two speed plus flick wipe, twin horns, pop up headlamps, lockable glovebox, cigar lighter, vanity mirror, centre armrest with storage bin, flush-fitting ashtrays, map lamps in door trim panels, inertia reel seat belts, 3-speed fan, tachometer, clock, water temperature gauge, battery condition indicator, multi-function warning lamps. Dealer options; Britax folding fabric sun roof.
Upon worldwide launch in 1975, the iconic and unmistakable shape of the TR7 led enthusiasts and the motoring press alike to coin the nickname of the ‘Triumph Wedge’. This tremendous example finished in beautiful period Carmine Red, (Code CAA), boasts an excellent uniform finish having been subject to a full photographic restoration, one which has stood the test of time having been completed in the mid 1990’s and indeed the winner of the 1999 TR Drivers Club Concours event. Close inspection will reveal only light markings to the paintwork, utterly insignificant and certainly not detracting from the cars amazing appearance. The trim sections are fully intact and in superb order with only very light scratches to the bumper corners, and the large Triumph crest decal to the nosecone is displayed proudly. The underside is structurally perfect and thankfully free from excess underseal. Without question one of the best remaining examples and truly worthy of any show stand.
The interior of this example is incredibly well preserved and ever so wonderfully 1970’s in style. Original Red/Black Nyloncord seat material with matching door cards, (Code RAA), is in amazing condition with the vibrant colours still wonderfully bright. The steering wheel is in excellent condition and all switchgear housed in the amusingly boxy fascia is functional and entirely intact. The burnt orange moulded-pile carpets, protected by TR7 over mats, are in fantastic order and even the heel mats are undamaged. All functions and controls operate well, including the quirky flush map lamps in the door cards. Open top motoring has not been compromised in this hard-top example with the factory optional Britax folding fabric sun roof offering virtually as much sun exposure has the drophead version! None of the Triumph magic has been lost in this rare example.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The time tested four cylinder engine with twin SU HS6 carburettors displaces 1998cc with a power output of 105bhp at 5500rpm, it still feels spirited even by today’s standards. The engine bay is spotlessly clean with factory plates and stickers displayed, and the original Unipart labels and Leyland engine settings chart are fully intact. The all synchromesh five speed gearbox feels tight and precise.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The pressed steel disc wheels are dressed in the original unmarked safety ledge polycarbonate wheel trims. The premium branded 185/70 R13 Radial ply tyres have good tread remaining and the rock-solid boot floor houses the spare wheel, jack and brace underneath the flimsy yet intact plywood and immaculate vinyl boot mat. The divided hydrostatic braking system with servo assistance offers ample stopping power.
Built at the Triumph Canley Plant in Coventry between 26-28th February 1979, this example was dispatched on 16th March 1979 to Leyland Main Agents Howells Garages Limited of Cardiff. First registration took place on the 26th November 1979 and just four keepers, all of whom are traced in the spectacular history file, have owned the car since new. A heritage certificate dated 20 December 1996 from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust confirms build dates, equipment specification and the correct colour scheme of Carmine Red with Red/Black Nyloncord trim. The history file is huge and contains a vast record of annual servicing and maintenance specialist invoices to leave in absolutely no doubt the fastidious upkeep this car has enjoyed, including a full service carried out in September 2017. A full photographic restoration record from the mid 1990’s is within the history file as well as many previous MOT certificates, original early V5 documents and the vehicle handbook. Completing the history file is an original sales brochure and three sets of keys.
Having spent many years in the shadow of earlier TR cars, the classic car world is only now starting to embrace the TR7 as a hugely collectable and sought after modern classic. This well sorted, low mileage and beautiful example will not disappoint in any regard, and may be a shrewd purchase judging by values of earlier TR models.
MOT October 2018, HPI Clear.
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