Wedgie: ’81 Triumph TR8 (not a typo)
In 1976 Triumph tried to trump the sports car world with the TR7. It was to be “the shape of things to come”. Well they were right, sort of. It was the shape, it just wasn’t their shape. The TR7 was more of a thud than anything else. They tried hard, even bringing a convertible version in but that didn’t seem to make the public fall in love. Yes, Michelotti designed it as he did the successful TR6, but something wasn’t right. One might say they fell victim to the bumper regulations the US set and we understand that. So TR7s aren’t on the radar for us very often and then this came across our screen. A bronze, fuel-injected TR8 Convertible and we were smitten. The V8 in the TR8 came from the Rover family which came from the Buick family. It is a nice light weight (aluminum), compact V8 that found its way into many British cars including this one. According to some sources, Triumph exported 332 fuelies to the states in ’81 making this pretty rare. But rare doesn’t mean good or desirable however this bronze Triumph looks great to us. If we were in the market, we would definitely go for a test drive to understand the virtues of this particular model Triumph. This one has been refinished in the original bronze color. The interior is intact but nothing is show perfect. You can make it that way but we would just touch it up to preserve it in the current state. These cars were air-conditioned however it does not function. The Buy It Now is $9900. Click here for the eBay auction.