1979 Triumph

TR7 $15,000

$15,000

Description

1979 Triumph TR7

Introduced in 1975, Triumph's TR7 coupe, (and later, convertible), represented a bold new styling direction for the British automaker, whose other coupe and convertible offerings, (the GT6 Mk III, the Spitfire and the TR6), were beginning to show their age. With a distinctive and futuristic wedge shape, penned by Harris Mann, the TR7 put the company back into the spotlight, and accomplished its mission of drawing sports car buyers back into Triumph showrooms. As described in this print ad from the TR7's first year on the market, the car's slippery shape "knives through the air, forcing the front wheels down," for "solid" and "uncannily precise" handling. The low-drag shape had another benefit, too: enhanced fuel economy, a major selling point to buyers with vivid memories of fuel shortages and drastic gas price increases. Triumph also heralded the car's simplicity and affordability, reassuring buyers that, though the car looked expensive, parking one in the garage wouldn't break the bank.

For consignment the shape of things that have come and gone in the form of a 1979 Triumph TR7. This consignment has a new convertible top, some recent service and is an absolute hoot to drive. Bathed in nice green paint, it's ready to wedge into your collection of British sports cars.

Exterior
From its low sleek front crash bumper in black to the hidden headlights that seamlessly melt into the front hood and quarters, to the wedge-shaped cove into the door panels and small rear deck, it definitely emulates the advertising of the day stating, “The Shape Of Things To Come”. All green which is still at the deep end of the pool with only a few chips and inclusions, it shows some chrome trimmings around the front windscreen, and on the rear luggage rack. A new vinyl convertible top in black is installed and it sports a clean and clear rear plastic window. 13-inch silver wheels are wrapped by good rubber on all 4 corners.

Interior
Top down, it's all there for the world to see, and what we see is dual buckets which are in reality tan broadcloth with heavy seam separation and tearing to the driver's outer bolster and lower cushion, now covered in tan seat covers in various broadcloth patterns. These buckets float in a sea of clean tan carpeting covered in Coco mats and snuggle up to a center console which stretches from front to rear. A square and rectangle design takes over on the dash and a small heavily wrapped rally style steering wheel fronting it. All in black and all clean. We note small storage compartments behind the buckets, and an AM/FM/Cassette sound system neatly inserted into the dash between the heat and AC slides.

Drivetrain
Under the wedged hood, is a nicely presenting 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine which sports dual single barrel carbs feeding it from the passenger's side. A 5-speed manual transmission and rear DeDion axle is providing the go for the mill. Looking very nice under here with a silver valve cover, yellow plastic radiator fan and nice silvered intake manifold. No corrosion or dirt under here either and we note new belts, a rebuilt alternator and a new radiator and water pump to assist on the cooling front.

Undercarriage
A mixture of patina, road dirt, and slight surface rust coats the undercarriage. All structurally sound we can note a newer single exhaust system has been installed Independent coil springs for the front, and a 4 link with coil springs for the rear, as well as power disc brakes on front, and power drums for the rear.

Drive-Ability
A quick starter and nice performer, some of the emission controls get in the way of performance to put it over the top, but it has nice performance overall. All functions were working during the test drive with the exception of the fuel gauge which reads 3/4 of a tank when full and the A/C being disconnected. Comfy and controlled, it was all good.

The wedge shape was the future of the aero design in the square and rectangle design era of the late 70's and through the 80's. Triumph was trying to update their aging designs of their sports cars of yore and created a nice sporty sedan that got great gas mileage and performed like their sports cars in previous models they were known for. A bit more buttoned up on the options and comfort fronts for this car and it presents very nicely.

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Specs

Basic

Year
1979
Make
Triumph
Model
TR7
Miles
62,675
Vin
TCT10185OUF
Stock
4017

Engine

Engine Size
2.0L 4cyl
Fuel Specification
91 Octane or below
Engine Type
Gasoline
Transmission Type
5 Speed Manual
Drivetrain
RWD

Body

Body Color
Green
Body Style
Convertible
Doors
2

Interior

Interior Color
Tan
Seating Type
Buckets With Console
Seat Material
Cloth
Shifter Type
Floor

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