1980 Triumph TR7 DHC 2.0


Affordable, fun, practical, classic sports car


Condenser, water pump, windscreen washer pump.

General Comments:

Despite attracting negative comments in its early days, mainly due to the poor quality of rust-buckets from Liverpool, it has proved itself to be a most reliable, enjoyable and durable sports car.

Bland MX5s come and go, MG TFs fall by the wayside, but Harris Mann's adventurous design is a true long-lived classic which will turn heads for many years to come.

The robust powertrain is bomb proof; all I do is change the oil every 6,000 miles and top up the gearbox (it has always leaked slightly).

I have owned it for 36 years; everything is original apart from the stainless steel exhaust and the water pump which started to leak a few years ago - took two days struggle to remove and replace.

The discs, calipers, and rear drums are original; rear brake cylinders lasted 25 years. I checked the valve clearances at 40,000 miles; they required no adjustment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th September, 2017

1981 Triumph TR7 Convertible 2.0 litre


I doubt that I will part with it


Nothing much really, no major faults. Think I may have to replace the viscous fan coupling soon.

Rustproofed from new and several times since, so no real problems there.

Interiors aren't that durable, and in the open topped car, tends to weather quickly. Best kept as original as possible in my opinion.

Needs careful rustproofing. Rust can be a problem on most cars of this era.

Will probably fit a stainless steel exhaust when the mild steel one fails.

General Comments:

Good fun, good handling, brakes only adequate, ride good for its time but not to modern standards. The controversial styling is now part of the character of the car.

Cabin is light and airy with lots of room for two. Two seats only.

No radio / stereo as standard, care needs to be taken with aftermarket as they can look out of place.

Most parts readily available new, or if not, second hand, but some bits and pieces of trim can be expensive.

Probably a purchase you would make as a second car, but nevertheless a practical daily driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2013

16th Jun 2015, 17:58

Yes, an ideal second car. People are starting to appreciate these cars now!

31st Aug 2015, 21:52

Have noticed prices seem to be on the up.

18th Sep 2015, 01:38

Quite rare now. How long since you last saw one?

18th Sep 2015, 12:15

Are you serious? They're available on any Craigslist. Non-running ones can still be had for well under a grand.

19th Sep 2015, 09:12

Maybe not for the UK and Ireland guys on this review. I would rather have a nice TR6 for under 8k here in the USA that I saw on Craigs List.

1976 Triumph TR7 Sprint 2.0


A great car if taken care of properly


This is my second TR7 having owned one from 1977 to 1997 with no problems. The one I now own does not have any problem's either, as I keep it well maintained.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2010

13th Sep 2014, 18:33

My 1976 TR7 was the worst car I ever bought. From the electrics to the radiator.

1976 Triumph TR7 Victory edition


I still miss my TR7!!!


No problems.

I kept the car until I had my second baby. The problem--the TR7 is not a "family friendly" car. So very sad.

General Comments:

I loved my TR7 and wish I could find one now that was a "cherry" like mine. I've just purchased a 1980 MG MGB because I cannot find a TR7.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2007

1981 Triumph TR7 DHC 2 litre Convertible




Cylinder head.

General Comments:

More economical than the V8. Dubbed ‘the shape of things to come’ on its initial release campaign, it is a car that was certainly ahead of its time. The first for side impact beams, big black bumpers, transfer decals, and a plastic dash? It was even designed for unleaded fuel from day one due to its initial USA market.

This is a car that really is fun to drive, because it is one that really has to be actually driven.

Still looks bang up to the minute even today, yet it is possible to actually do a service on a car like this in your own garage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2007