1976 Triumph TR7 FHC 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Great low-cost fun

Faults:

I've had so many parts replaced it's hard to list them all. However this should be set aside against the fact that the car was 14 years old when I got it (now over 25) and not looked after particularly well.

In that time I've had a re-con engine & 5 speed gearbox, up-rated brakes & suspension (a must in my opinion), clutch and a fuel tank.

My only real gripe is the electrics - any electrical problems are an absolute nightmare to resolve, and the location of the fuse box (at the back of the glove compartment, accessible from inside only) was the brainchild of someone who would take the vehicle to a garage to have a brakelight bulb replaced.

General Comments:

Though I've had many things replaced and upgraded the car is cheap to run with plenty of new (and used) parts available. The cost of spares is surprising as they are usually much cheaper than comparable parts on newer vehicles.

The TR7 is never going to 'burn-off' and mildly hot 16v car, however it's torque through the gears will surprise many as you out-accelerate them up the hills.

Inside it's pretty comfortable and the rest plate for your clutch foot is welcome. Headroom could be a problem if you like your seat up-right - I'm a shade over 6ft and find my hair rubs on the lining if the seat is upright... this isn't a problem though as I like a relaxed driving position.

When considering running costs it's worth bearing in mind that any repairs help retain or increase the value on a vehicle that doesn't depreciate.

Insurance is also very cheap - less than £120 for fully-comp on an unlimited mileage, agreed value policy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2002

1976 Triumph TR7 2.0 litre from North America

Summary:

A labor of love

Faults:

Head gasket leak, resulted in complete engine rebuild. Then rebuilt the transmission. Then rebuilt the front & rear suspension. Added Weber carbs, after market electronic ignition, electric fuel pump, AC-Delco alternator (made a BIG difference).

TR7, on a good day (very rare), is a blast to drive. Of course every noise that you hear causes you to pull over! Not a car for the faint of heart or mechanically challenged.

Even with all the work and frustration, it will be a cold day when I give mine up!

General Comments:

Great layout, lots of room. Also answers the question, "What happened to all the layed off British Aerospace engineers?" They went to work on TR7s!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2000