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Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration

Sale price: £8,400.00 make an offer

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Date: 2019-12-26
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Seller's notes: The car is in showroom condition and pristine.
Sale type: Fixed price listing

Technical specifications, photos and description:

Manufacturer: Triumph
Year: 1980
Type: Sports/Convertible
Doors: 2
Mileage: 17,400
Seats: 2
Engine: 1998 cc
Transmission: Manual
Power: 105bhp
Drive side: Right-hand drive
Previous Owners: 4
Safety Features: Immobiliser, Safety Belt Pretensioners
Exterior: Alloy Wheels
In-Car Audio: AM/FM Stereo
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Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration for sale

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  • Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration
  • Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration
  • Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration
  • Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration
  • Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration
  • Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration
  • Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration
  • Triumph TR7 Convertible 1980 £32,000 Restoration

Platinum Silver TR7

£31. 00 ground up. bare metal restoration

In 2014/15 over a period of 14 months the car was subject to a restorative project which surpasses anything I've seen in my 30 years as a motorist and avid car fan.

Put simply and investment of over £30. 00 has been spent on the restoration with the sole aim of recreating a car that remained true to the original. down to every last nut and bolt detail as it would when it left the factory in Canley. nbsp;Coventry.

This is one of the first cars built at the Canley Factory (Triumph being plagued by build quality issues at the Halewood plant in Speke between 1976 and 1980 due to workers continually striking). so the workers at the Canley plant had to prove a point and as a result the build quality improved beyond recognition.

The original car at the start of the project was solid. low mileage and had been in storage for 10 years. however. as it was important to achieve the best end product an 'open chequebook' approach was adopted and the ensuing restoration is summarised below:-

Mechanical strip down and rebuild £13kBody work using Triumph parts by Heritage £6k (Wheels and tyres over £1k)Bare metal respray etching primer. primer. 2 coats and lacquer £3500Rimmer Brothers £5kAdditional items including the best quality Mohair hood (this is the only deviation from the model which obviously originally would have been supplied with a vinyl roof £5k

Over 500 high resolution photo's on USB stick come with the car. as well as a large box of hard to find spares. filters. nuts. bolts and washers.  There are cars out there for sale for anything between a couple of grand to one being advertised for £40k.  This model is increasing in value with correctly restored examples being very rare.

Sadly. now for sale due to an unforeseen change in personal circumstances. which I will explain fully to any prospective purchaser.

 Detailed overview of the restoration is detailed below:

Purchased from S&S Preparations. Bacup Lancashire – a company established for over 30 years. S&S are one of the UK's leading TR7& and TR8 specialists

Registered on 1. 4. 1980

The vehicle has had three previous owners (the third owner being S&S preparations as a trader). It is understood that the last private owner purchased the vehicle at 6 months old. The vehicle was dry stored from 2003 to 2014.

The chassis. front suspension turret. inner flitch. bulkhead. whole boot area and bonnet and rear quarter panels are/is original with no repair welding anywhere on the car

 Complete pictorial history of original condition. re-commission. bare metal respray and rebuild

Re-commission summary:

Running gear and engine:

New petrol tank. lines/pipes. sender and filter replaced with new. original BL or heritage partsNew. complete heritage approved stainless steel exhaust systemNew up-rated vented front disks and callipers. Rear brakes relined and overhauled. new BL master cylinder. new slave cylinder. All brake pipes/lines replaced with cumin pipe New shock absorbers and springs all roundNew Borg and Beck clutchNew. up-rated prop shaftNew starter motor New water pump. radiator. hoses and new Kenlow electric fanNew alternator. spark plugs. distributor. HT leads and rotor armNew anti-dive protection systemNew accelerator. clutch. choke and handbrake cablesNew steering rack. ball joints. track rod ends. wheel bearings and steering shaftNew. twist-on up-rated performance oil filterNew superior quality polyurethane bushes all roundNew battery and hold down New. original BL Bonnet J hooksNew coil

Engine removed and subject of major bench service including:

All engine fluids. gaskets. seals and filters replaced with manufacturers specification partsCarburettor subject of major strip down and rebuild; new seals. gaskets. needles etcNuts. screws. washers. seals and rubbers replaced as necessary and lithium grease protectedGearbox serviced including fluids and new mountsRear axel serviced and refurbished

 Bodywork and fittings:

New. heritage approved NS; wing. full sill and door-skinNew. heritage approved OS; wing. full sill and door-skinNew. heritage approved NS; splash plate and sill endNew. heritage approved OS; splash plate and sill endNew. heritage approved NS Door bottomFull. bare metal 4 stage respray including; etch primer. primer. original Platinum Silver paint. 2 coats lacquer and final G3 gloss polish systemFull Waxoyl  rust protection systemComplete under body undersealInner wings and door inners sealed with Hammerite paint protection systemNew. original BL headlight pods. original BL headlight lift mechanism and new halogen headlights. Actuator and remaining lift mechanism refurbished and servicedOS and NS window actuators with original BL parts – remaining system servicedSeals and grommets replaced as necessaryDoor handles and all locking mechanisms serviced and refurbishedNew. original specification BL alloy wheels and five new tyres Hood replaced and professionally fitted by Peter Lenton of Cheadle Hulme. Cheshire with black Mohair original specification hood


Sound insulation fittedAll carpets replaced with Rimmers  100% wool carpetsAll original interior trim and seats retained and refurbished to retain originalityOriginal BL Phillips cassette radio servicedBoot cards replacedBoot lid gas lifts replacedBoot locks serviced and refurbished


All model decals replacedAll lenses refurbished. polished. all bulbs replaced. new. complete registration plate light festoons


As part of the rebuild. all screws. bolts and nuts either replaced or refurbished and lithium grease protected

In Summary

If it's a TR7 that you are looking for then please look no further. I have seen examples listed as concourse only to find they need thousands spending on them. I am advertising the car here to generate interest and hopefully attract a buyer before the car goes to auction in November. Although upwards up £30k has been spent. I'm realistic in what I think the car is worth and am looking for a fraction of the restoration project. I have an independent valuation of £17. 00 and the agreed insurance value is set at £15. 00.

Enquiries welcome from the trade and I am happy to answer any questions.

I would consider a p/x on a low mileage and mint LR Discovery 4 as I'm about to embark on a lifetime ambition of building a Caterham.




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