1980 TRIUMPH TR8 CONVERTIBLE same motor as MGBGT V8 5 speed headers rollbar for sale
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Local trades considered. but nothing boring. These are rare cars. and a bargain in the market place. especially for having factory v8 power. Why build an MGB V8 car when you can have a rare car that originally came with a v8. You could buy this rare bird just for its drivetrain for an MG. These cars are spacious and comfortable for an old sports car. You will love it when you get it finished. Restored cars go for as much as $15k. but you can get in cheaper to start with this beast! The engine is the old aluminum Oldsmobile 215 V8 which became the Rover 3. 5 liter v8. Group 44 use to race one. WIKI: Despite their low production numbers. TR8s have an interesting racing history. John Buffum successfully raced one as a rally car in the late 1970s. Bob Tullius of Group 44 fame dominated SCCA racing in 1979 in one. so much so that the SCCA added enough "reward" weight to the car that Tullius left Trans Am and successfully competed in IMSA GT instead. TR8s ran successfully in the SCCA's showroom stock series being campaigned by Morey Doyle (Regionals) and Ted Schumacher (Nationals). Schumacher had great success in the Playboy/Escort Endurance series with his car. Starting the last race of the year. Schumacher was fourth in the overall point standings (just three points away from first) when an accident ruined their chances; nevertheless. Schumacher still ended up seventh in the manufacturer's points for that year. all with no official factory help. Presently. at least three cars are being run in SCCA's ITS class. Morey Doyle and his son Andy run their TR8s in the Midwest Region. Jeff Young runs his green TR8 in the Southeast Division with numerous regional race wins and the 2011 Southeast Division SARRC ITS championship. running against over seventy other drivers in Mazda RX7s. Miatas. 240/260/280zs. BMW 325is. Porsche 944s and Acura Integras. WIKI: In 1979. a long awaited Michelotti re-designed TR7 Drophead (convertible) was introduced. and all subsequent production TR8s were convertibles.  Total worldwide production. as best as can be determined throughout all the labour turmoil at the time. is only around 2750. give or take a "handful". (Enthusiast Richard Connew went through the records at British Motor Heritage Industry Trust and counted 2746. ) Other estimates exist. The German version of this page claims 2722 and cites the TR Register-Austria as source; 2815 is the number quoted in an article from Classic & Sports Car. March 1986 and in William Kimberley's 1981 book as well. Both the TR7 and TR8 were made until October 1981 when production ceased. Very few genuine TR8s exist outside of the United States and Canada. In other countries the TR7 is often converted to a "TR7V8" with the same ubiquitous Buick/Rover 3. 5 litre V8 powerplant used in original factory TR8s. In Australia a popular TR7V8 conversion is to use the 4416 cc version of this engine that had been developed for the Leyland P76. In North America. the TR8 originally sold for around $11. 00. A current rough estimate of the number of these cars remaining taken from the Triumph Wedge Owners Association registry of unique VINs). current Triumph Wedge Owners Association membership records. the World Wide TR7 TR8 Owners Club. and the TR Drivers Club UK is around 1000 convertibles and 200 coupes. TR3 TR4 TR5 TR250 TR6 TR7 Spitfire Herald Marcos Sunbeam Tiger. Ford. Rover PROS: Tires- 1 year old- maybe 5. 00 miles Mileage - Odometer reads 66. 85 but we can't verify the mileage From Oklahoma and Texas as far as we know No Structural Rust/Very solid car Holley four barrel carb Headers Mallory distributor. ACCEL coil and spark plug wires K&N air filter Dual Exhaust. sounds great! Nearly new clutch Clean Oil Fresh transmission oil Very quick. may have a cam Cibie headlights Decent convertible top/ has a few repairs Roll bar Presentable interior Nice Pioneer Radio & CD player w/50 watts of Channel and 2 nice speakers STARTS RIGHT UP! RUNS AND DRIVES! Parts are cheap new and used and plentiful! Moss Motors. Victoria British and others. CONS: Some surface rust on body where there are big paint chips on top AC Missing Spare is flat Headlights go up and down randomly. so they are disconnected in the glove box Antenna broken Power steering removed & steers very easily with TR7 rack and pinion Missing license plate light. This car needs a new home and a hobbiest owner. Every system on the car should be gone over. it is 44 years old. You are welcome to come see the TR8 or have someone come see it for you. The TR8 appears to have a cam installed. The acceleration is much better than a stock TR8. There is a bog when u step on it. and then all heck breaks loose. Performance feels like it would rival a healthy 5. 0 Mustang. The drivetrain shakes some when you let out the clutch. I would install urathane control arm bushings in the back Search words: MG MGA MGB MGC Jaguar. Austin Healey. British Corvette. TVR. Fiat. Alfa Romero. Rover. Aston Martin. Stag Apollo Gt SD1 TR3 TR4 TR5 TR250 TR6 TR7 Spitfire Herald Marcos Sunbeam Tiger. Ford. Rover
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