1980 Triumph TR7 V8 Convertible


  • Comprehensive history file including Le Mans Classic participation
  • Recent £3,000 paintwork improvements and gearbox rebuild
  • High-quality V8 conversion with 221 BHP at the wheels
  • MOT exempted but tested and valid to August 2024 with no advisories 
  • Well kept car that is ready to use and enjoy 

The Appeal

Dropping the Rover V8 into the TR7 transformed Triumph’s chiselled sports car into a potent successor to the run of classic, big-engined British bruisers like the Austin Healey and TR6. 
Few official factory cars were built, which meant enthusiasts had to resort to aftermarket conversions. This is one of them, a carefully executed V8 running at 221bhp that was built 34 years ago. 
It remains in very good order, thanks largely to the care and attention of its current long term keeper who has invested across the car. The recent work includes £3,000 to improve the paintwork and a full gearbox rebuild. 
It is a great looking car, one that must have looked right at home when it took to the Le Mans circuit in 2008. The care of the current keeper is evident in his decision to regularly MOT it, even though this is not legally required. This gives the buyer a useful independent assessment of the car. The current test is valid to August 2024 with no advisories. 
This is a great example of these characterful cars and will give the buyer plenty of smiles. 

History and Paperwork

  • First registered 28th March 1980 
  • Eight registered keepers 
  • Purchased by the current keeper in 2016
  • Previously Persian Blue 
  • Restored and resprayed in red and DVLA updated on 31st July 1990 
  • Converted to V8 at the same time 
  • MOT valid to 24th August 2024 with one advisory and 21,938 miles showing 
  • Vendor states that the mileage is 22,037 and is from when the engine conversion was undertaken in mid to late 90’s. There are no mileage records prior to that date
  • Tax and MOT exempt but MOT'd every year
  • Comprehensive history file including paddock passes from the 2008 Le Mans Classic
  • Gearbox rebuilt within last year including gaskets
  • £3,000 spent on paintwork in last 2-3 years 
  • Always dry stored and only ever used in dry weather 

The Condition

  • Convertible shell with a body-off respray completed in the late 90s
  • Interior recently repainted
  • Supplied with new and unfitted full-length Tonneau cover from Rimmers
  • Refurbished hood frame and brand new canvas hood, also unfitted
  • Wiring mostly replaced or tidied up, including new headlight wiring looms
  • Described by seller as not concourse but presents well
  • Mostly standard car repainted in red with colour-coded bumpers and SD1 rear lights
  • To the seller's knowledge there no rust
  • No structural advisories on last MOT 
  • Over £3,000 spent on paintwork in the last 2 or 3 years
  • New carpets and door cards fitted
  • Bucket seats from GSM and Sabelt harnesses
  • New battery fitted in boot with new boot carpet
  • Originally Persian Aqua (metallic blue) - colour change to red back in the 90s
  • Sits on five spoke 15-inch Compomotives which are well kept 

The Mechanics

  • 5spd manual LT77 gearbox recently rebuilt including gaskets 
  • Gearbox just rebuilt by AM Restorations in Plymouth with parts from Autogear
  • 3.5 litre V8 originally from a Range Rover EFI Automatic
  • Now fitted with a four-barrel Edelbrock
  • Ported heads and Kent 286 cam
  • Tubular exhaust manifolds and Rimmer single outlet single box exhaust system
  • New Powerspark distributor and module
  • Gear reduction starter
  • 221 BHP at wheels on JMR dyno in Plymouth
  • Fitted with a 3.08 diff
  • Suspension fully rebuilt over the last 3 years and polybushed
  • New GAZ shocks on rear and KYB struts on front with lower and stiffer springs all round
  • New steering rack and Roller Bearing top mounts from Robsport
  • Rear suspension has longer radius arms and a panhard rod fitted
  • Front Anti-Dive kit
  • Larger rear drums and four-pot front calipers
  • All brake lines replaced with stainless flexible braided pipe
  • Reported to drive well and very quick with 221 BHP at the wheels
  • Vendor reports a slick gearchange with the rebuilt 5-speed LT77 gearbox
  • We are told the car handles well with all the suspension modifications
  • No reported running or driving issues 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1980
  • Make Triumph
  • Model TR7
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 22,045 Miles
  • Engine size 3500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Plymouth
  • Location Devon
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
4 bids
  • Osella £4,800 18/06/24
  • alan-em•••• £4,500 18/06/24
  • leon-go•••• £1,200 16/06/24
  • quibusd•••• £1,000 16/06/24
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