1975 Triumph TR7 ‘Sprint’ Coupé  Chassis no. ACG/6 Engine no. CG/51-HE
Lot 339
1975 Triumph TR7 ‘Sprint’ Coupé
Registration no. KDU 367N Chassis no. ACG/6 Engine no. CG/51-HE
£ 7,000 - 10,000
US$ 9,000 - 13,000

Lot Details
1975 Triumph TR7 ‘Sprint’ Coupé  Chassis no. ACG/6 Engine no. CG/51-HE
1975 Triumph TR7 ‘Sprint’ Coupé
Registration no. KDU 367N
Chassis no. ACG/6
Engine no. CG/51-HE

Footnotes

  • Introduced in 1975, but still up-to-the-minute in looks, the TR7 marked the Triumph sportscar’s abandonment of its traditional separate chassis; other changes from the immediately-preceding TR5/6 formula being the abandonment of six cylinders and independent rear suspension. The newcomer’s 2-litre, four-cylinder engine and powertrain were basically Triumph Dolomite, while the suspension comprised MacPherson struts at the front and a live axle at the rear. A five-speed gearbox and automatic transmission became options and a convertible joined the original coupé version. Throughout the late 1970s, the TR7 and TR7 V8 models were British Leyland’s frontline works rally cars. Although never a catalogued model (why remains a mystery) the former made use of the 16-valve Dolomite Sprint engine which in full works trim delivered around 220bhp. The TR7 ‘Sprint’ proved highly competitive on tarmac, winning the Belgian Boucles de Spa event outright in 1977 and achieving a number of leader-board finishes before it was superseded by the TR7 V8.
    This TR7 Sprint comes with a Heritage Certificate stating that it was built in May 1975 and served as a press demonstrator. Prepared for circuit racing and road rallies by renowned Triumph competition specialist, Chris Conoley, the car previously formed part of the famous Arthur Carter British Leyland Rally Car Collection alongside his 1964 Spa-Sofia-Liège winning ‘Big Healey’ and an ex-Timo Makinen Mini Cooper S. The TR7 was sold as part of the Carter Collection at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in June 2005 (Lot 617).
    Since then ‘KDU 367N’ has had extensive work carried out to prepare it for use in road rallies, benefiting from new safety additions such as FIA-approved Corbeau seats, FIA Luke harnesses and a plumbed-in fire extinguishing system. A new fuel tank has been fitted and the car already had a seam-welded roll cage, Minilite wheels, four-pot brake calipers with bias valve, vented discs, braided hoses and adjustable shock absorbers.
    The new owners of this ex-works TR7, believed to be one of the oldest in the country, can expect invitations to many prestigious events and a great deal of fun for rather less expenditure than much of the opposition. The vehicle is offered with current MoT and Swansea V5.
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