20th Oct, 2022 15:00

The Fast Road Sale @ Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 302

1982 Triumph TR7 V8

Sold for £15,188

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: BRW 490Y
Chassis No: SATTPAES7AA408114
MOT: October 2022

  • 4.5L TVR Tuscan challenge engine producing c.350bhp
  • Five-speed Borg Warner gearbox with LSD, 17’’ lightweight Image wheels with new Nankang AR1 tyres
  • Rolling road set up last year and new high-pressure fuel pump and regulator

This powerful hill-climb/sprint car was formerly owned & developed by a British hill-climb champion and is a class-winning car. Ex British Hill climb champion Rhys Howells competed BRW 490Y competed with the car in the national sprint and hill-climb championships (although the car had also competed successfully prior to his purchase).

The bonnet, boot and both front/rear bumpers are lightweight GRP purchased from S&S Conversions in February 1999 and we believe the rear axle with disc brakes and 5-point linkage was supplied by Motorsport Direct of Lancashire. It’s evident the car has been purpose-built with the battery relocated to the boot, isolators, fuel cell, big and deep wide tyres, big AP brakes, firm suspension, quick release panels and racing seats with 4-point harnesses, roll cage and fire extinguisher.

Previously prepared by Simpson motorsport of Lydney, who put MOTs on the car in 2019 & 2020, it has a highly desirable & valuable J.E. Developments (John Eales) engine fitted. Stamped #4501047 (next to dip stick) it is a 4.5 litre TVR Tuscan Challenge engine producing 350bhp. Putting the power down is a five speed Borg Warner gearbox via LSD, driving 17’’ lightweight Image wheels with brand new Nankang AR1 tyres. The height adjustable suspension uses a bespoke rear 4 link trailing arm with Panhard rod.

This car is just finished & ready to go. TT Motor Racing of Dorset have worked through the brakes, fitted new Lumenition, coil & tuned the engine. It has recently had new belts, new fluids, a new water pump and a new battery fitted. A new high pressure fuel pump and regulator have also been fitted. In addition, it is spanner checked along with wheel alignment & corner weights checked. The car weighs 1,050kg in total.

A June 2021 rolling road session enabled the set-up of carburettors and revealed a strong engine producing 350bhp. A track test at Castle Combe in October 202, showed the car to be fast and handling very well. Owing to a change of the vendor’s plans this great looking car is offered for sale. I bought this road legal car 2020 to do French hill-climbs in 2021 and then the pandemic came along and the events were cancelled. It has had a current MOT up to 18th October 2022 and much expense has been recently spent getting it to this point.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: The Fast Road Sale @ Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

An auction of iconic performance cars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
Thursday 20th October from 9am

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