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Triumph TR7
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Triumph TR7 (Bullet). 1974–81 (prod. 112,368). 2-door coupé, 2-door convertible. F/R, 1998 cm³ (I4 OHC). Wedge-shaped sports car designed by Harris Mann that was much-maligned because of its sculpted sides, something far more common in the early twenty-first century. Production began in 1974 for US’s 1975 model year; UK sales from 1976. Underpowered, with eight-valve version of Triumph Dolomite Sprint engine developing 105 bhp. (Sixteen-valve TR7 Sprint planned but never made.) Convertible (called Drophead) from 1979. Eight-cylinder version called Triumph TR8 aimed at US market and only a handful of UK-spec models made. Meant to replace Triumph TR6 and MGB, but it ran concurrently with the last MGBs. Beam rear axle did not help, though handling was OK. Suffered from poor build quality and labour disputes.

Manufacturing locations: Canley, West Midlands, England; Speke, Merseyside, England; Solihull, West Midlands, England

Marque: Triumph | Predecessors: Triumph TR6, MG MGB Mk IV, MG MGB GT Mk IV | Successor: Triumph TR8 (in US)


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