1981 Triumph TR8 3.5 Rover V8 from North America
The best sports car bargain few have found yet!
Needed Shocks and Struts.
Fuel Injection needed tuning.
Gas tank had to be cleaned and sealed.
This is probably the most overlooked sports car around. They didn't make too many of them, approximately 2747, but they are still fairly available now. Price rise since 2000 has been moderate with the cars gaining approximately $2,000 to $5,000 depending on mileage and condition.
The TR8 is a blast! The styling was so far ahead of its time, they still look new. Comfortable for anyone. 6'5", 275 pounds? You'll fit right in.
The performance is terrific!! Can run with Z3's and Boxters right out of the box. Blow the door's off a Mustang, Z Car, etc. Takes uprating very well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th September, 2002
There is no way a stock TR8 would outperform a Boxster or 5 liter Mustang. Stock 0-60 time was over 8 seconds, versus 5.5-6.0 for the aforementioned cars. With Edelbrock manifold, Holley carb, headers, raised CR etc. it can get up to over 200HP, then you might do it.
Wanna bet? A stock 5.0 Mustang is a dog. My 25 year old stock FI TR8 will beat them straight line and autocross every time. Z3? Not sure. Boxster? uh, no way.
The 1980 stock comparisons...the TR8 was faster than the Corvette and 911. Period. Check Road & Track or Car & Driver...