1975 Triumph TR7

Built by British Leyland, the 1975 Triumph TR7, and the model years that followed were a true representation of the 70s, the good and the bad. On the good side was the design; singularly wedge-shaped, the Triumph TR7 was a well designed car, both inside and out, but tragically suffered from the lack of a convertible until 1979, when it was too late to save the model. One of the issues that plagued the model was, true to the spirit of the Disco 70’s, was the shoddy build quality, which gave it an unsavory reputation. Moreover, the design itself, now seen as relatively pure, was not very popular at the time, which is surprising considering that they still managed to sell over 112,000 of the Triumph TR7 in just 6 years.

1975 Triumph TR7
1975 Triumph TR7

Another complaint about the Triumph TR7 is that it lacked spirit. Such is often found, sometimes but not always, in the lack of proper motorization, and in the case of the TR7, it was certainly the case. The car was powered by a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produced an unimpressive 105 horsepower. The car was good for a top speed of 110 miles per hour, and a 0-60 acceleration time of 9 seconds, which for what was billed as a sports car, are lame figures.

British Leyland tried to salvage the model in the last years of production with the introduction of the V8-powered TR8. It was a good idea, but also too little, too late. Relegated to the dustbin of history, the 1975 Triumph TR7 nevertheless left its mark as a car that could have been something, but really wasn’t.

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  1. Actually, build quality of TR7’s was sorted by the last of the line. It is no longer an issue today. Most TR7’s built well over 30 years ago that have survived have already become immune to the build quality myth by their longevity alone. It was the strength of the pound that killed the TR7. They were selling extremely well, & did so more than any other TR. but sadly were being made at considerable financial loss to America due to the value of the dollar. This could simply not continue. The convertible didn’t come ‘too late’. It was impossible to viably introduce one early on due to Legislation that would outlaw open top cars. Because the Legislation never actually materialised, introduction of the drophead eventually became viable. Because more dropheads were sought after, more have survived than fixed heads, today making the fixed head an extremely rare car. Not many have survived in their original specification which was actual fairly sprightly at the time.

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