Triumph TR7
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Triumph
Model: TR7
Triumph TR7

The Triumph TR7 was a sports car produced from September 1974 to October 1981 by the Triumph Motor Company. During development, the TR7 had the internal codename of Bullet. It was initially manufactured at the Speke, Liverpool factory, but was moved to Coventry in 1978 and finally moved again to the Rover plant in Solihull in 1980. The car was released in the United States in January 1975, with the UK home market debut not following until May 1976. As it turns out, the UK launch was delayed at least twice due to a high demand for the vehicle in the United States. Seems the UK buyers might not be so pleased to have known that. Anyhow, the TR7 was differentiated by its wedge shape, which was penned by Harris Mann. This is the same man who also designed the wedge-shaped Leyland Princess. The car had an overall length of 160 inches, a width of 66 inches, a wheelbase of 85 inches and a height of 49.5 inches. The coupe came in weighing 2,005 pounds. Power was provided by a 105 bhp 1998cc 8-valve four-cylinder engine that shared the same basic design as the Triumph Dolomite Sprint engine. It was mounted in-line at the front of the car. There were allegedly plans to directly use the Sprint engine in the TR7, and as a result, at least 25 pre-production cars were made in 1977 using the 1978 model year body. As the story goes, no production cars were built or sold in this manner. Further, drive was to the rear wheels via a four-speed transmission initially with an optional five-speed transmission or three-speed automatic from 1976 onward. The front independent suspension used coil spring, damper struts and lower single link at the front. At the rear was a four link system again with coil springs. Lastly, there were front and rear anti roll bars.

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