14th Jun, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 19

1980 Triumph TR7 Convertible
Only 21,000 miles from new

Sold for £11,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: SYB 919W
Chassis No: TPADJ7AT213036
MOT: June 2024

  • Just 21,000 miles from new
  • Offered in time warp, highly-original condition
  • A well-known vehicle in Triumph club circles
  • Offered with the original 'factory' wheels and a fresh MOT

Code-named Bullet by Triumph, the TR7 was launched Stateside during September 1974. The work of in-house stylist Harris Mann, its distinctive wedge-shaped profile was conceived at a time when proposed US legislation not only threatened to outlaw convertibles but also insisted that all cars should be able to survive a 5mph impact unscathed. Last of the noble TR line, the TR7 was the first to employ a monocoque chassis and featured all-round coil-sprung suspension, rack and pinion steering and disc / drum brakes, offering a level of comfort and roadholding not yet seen in a Triumph sports car, and performance from its 2-litre engine was more than a match for the contemporary MGB, contemporary road tests claiming 0-60mph in 9.1 seconds and 110mph. Introduced in 1979, the TR7 Convertible was almost universally hailed as better looking than its coupe sibling. Surprisingly refined, it arrived too late to resuscitate the model's fortunes and was discontinued two years later - though typical British Leyland stockpiling meant that sales continued into 1982.

Despatched from the Leyland factory in June 1980, this Canley-built example is finished in striking Pendelican White. Registered in August of the same year by the supplying dealer (Lex Mead of Exeter), this time warp example retains the original dealership decals to both the windscreen and rear screen. The white paintwork is complemented by contrasting ‘Blue Check’ upholstery which shows very little wear, commensurate with the modest mileage. The car was correctly supplied with a rare radio blanking-plate, in lieu of the radio unit, that was still a pricey optional extra in 1980. The roadster is offered with its full selection of weather gear, including hood, part tonneau and rare full tonneau which features the extra stud fittings on the door-tops and dashboard. Described by our vendor as “a very original car, in lovely condition”, ‘SYB 919W’ behaved faultlessly on our recent photography shoot. Offered with a small history file, containing a current UK V5C registration document, (just six former keepers shown), owner’s handbook and pouch, sales brochure and a selection of expired MOT certificates / receipts that support the low mileage.

Please note - the car currently rides on a later set of alloy wheels, however, the originals are also included (correctly date-stamped etc).

For more information, please contact:
Adam Sykes
07429 600332


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 14th Jun, 2023

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