by Storm Bear Williams
litre inline 4-cylinder
(later 5) speed manual or automatic / RWD
horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
kg / 2,241 lbs
The Triumph TR7 was the successor to the TR6. But whereas the
TR6 had traditional characterful British sports car styling,
the TR7 had an extremely controversial wedge shaped styling.
Significantly more advanced than its predecessor the TR7 featured
a monocoque chassis instead of body-on-frame construction.
Designed primarily for the American market, the Triumph TR7
first went on sale there in 1975 with a 92 horsepower 2.0 litre
4-cylinder engine. Initially it was just offered in coupe form.
It wasn't until 1979 that a convertible version was available.
In the same year the transmission was upgraded to a 5-speed
Sadly the TR7, and it's V8 powered counterpart, the TR8, both
suffered from the crippling union strikes which were bringing
the UK auto industry to its knees. Production during its short
lifespan rotated between three different factories, and it was
never a profitable model for British Leyland (Triumph's owner),
despite the fact that over 112,000 examples were produced.