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The ultimate collectors Triumph TR7 Drophead with an incredible 11,039 miles.
Steel panelled unitary construction, folding soft top with zipped rear window, moulded bumpers, electric windscreen washers, two speed plus flick wipe, twin horns, pop up headlamps, lockable glovebox, cigar lighter, vanity mirror, centre armrest with storage bin, flush-fitting ashtrays, maps lamps in door trim panels, inertia reel seat belts, 3-speed fan, tachometer, clock, water temperature gauge, battery condition indicator, multi-function warning lamps. Dealer options; Metallic paint finish.
The iconic and unmistakable shape of the TR7 led enthusiasts and the motoring press alike to coin the nickname of the ‘Triumph Wedge’. This unrepeatable example finished in optional Argent Silver Metallic (code MCB) has been preserved in exceptional condition owing to the mere 11,039 miles covered under truly cossetted ownership. Only the closest scrutiny to this mind blowing example will reveal utterly trivial imperfections, namely a tiny ding to the nearside front wing. The trims and glass sections are perfect even down to the bright vibrant lens owing to careful storage and even the rubber door edge protectors remain fitted. The underside is structurally perfect with manufacturer’s stickers and labels visible. The blue folding hood is immaculate with all poppers intact. Without question one of the best in existence.
The incredible interior of this example is as new and surely the closest you can get to a Triumph showroom experience in 1981. The Navy blue (code JMN) seat facings trimmed in woven plaid material with vinyl borders and matching headrests are in perfect condition with no fading. The steering wheel displays the factory prominent veins of a low mileage example and all switchgear housed in the amusingly boxy fascia is functional and entirely intact. The pristine carpets have been protected from new by genuine Triumph rubber mats. Originality seekers will delight at items such as the supplying dealer tax disc holder, hood operation sticker and the spotless boot area with unused jack still in the blue plastic bag. The period Sharp Searcher Radio cassette operates well with the discreet electric switch for the working Maystar aerial still in place. The term showroom fresh can be misused but this example thoroughly deserves the accolade.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The time tested four cylinder engine with twin SU HS6 carburettors displaces 1998cc with a power output of 105bhp at 5500rpm, it still feels spirited even by today’s standards. The engine bay having never been detailed is spotlessly clean with factory plates and stickers displayed, and the original Unipart exhaust system remains fitted but there is evidence of internal corrosion to the rear silencer. The all synchromesh five speed gearbox feels tight and precise.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original unrestored pressed steel disc wheels are unmarked and remain shod in the factory Goodyear Grand Prix 185/70 HR13 Radial ply tyres. The tyres whilst unworn are the original items and regular intended use would warrant replacement for safety reasons. The spare wheel remains shod in the factory rubber and even the flimsy plywood cover remains undamaged! The divided hydrostatic braking system with servo assistance offers ample stopping power.
Supplied new on 24th April 1981 by Leyland main agents Dutton-Forshaw of Maidstone, this incredible example has remained with just two keepers from new and covered an incredible 11,039 miles. A new car sales invoice made out to first keeper Mr H Backhouse outlines a purchase price of £5,854.19 including £36.71 for metallic paint. A part exchange allowance of £3,100.19 for his yellow 1978 TR7 suggests strong affection for the model! Incredibly the car remained in the ownership of Mr Backhouse for 33 years until being purchased by Mr Michael Joyce in September 2014.
The history file consists of the original green plastic wallet housing all handbooks, radio guide, guarantee cards and other dealership literature. The service booklet hosts a number of stamps for the vehicles early years as well as the most recent entry in September 2014 when Mr Joyce purchased the car. A further folder contains various previous MOT certificates and invoices and an original sales brochure completes the history file.
A truly amazing example preserved just as Triumph would have wanted, unmissable for the TR7 enthusiast.
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