Posts Tagged ‘triumph’

High Visibility – 1980 Triumph TR7

March 24, 2016

While it’s not for everyone, there’s something nice about bright yellow paint on Malaise-era cars. Maybe it’s that the bright cheeriness of yellow helps offset the drabness of giant bumpers emphasizing what was sometimes already gawky styling. Think about a Datsun B210 in brown, and then imagine the same car in yellow Honey Bee trim. It’s not that it makes it a better car, but it’s certainly a lot easier on the eyes, and 30-odd years on, might make you feel more warm fuzzy feelings of nostalgia than root beer brown or beige. While the TR7 was not a drab shape, it was certainly controversial, and it did have rather protuberant bumpers. Finding them in yellow is pretty unusual (well, unless you type “yellow TR7” into the world’s most popular search engine) so let’s consider this 1980 Triumph TR7 for sale for $2900 in Covington, GA.

1980 Triumph TR7 left front



All Faux, No Go – 1977 Triumph TR7 Coupe

March 8, 2016

Triumph’s TR7 makes a great alternative to more common sports cars of its time. It’s got a divisive notchback wedge design, flip-up headlights, gawky big bumpers, decent power which is sometimes hampered by smog equipment, as well as plaid seating, a useful trunk and the most modern amenities you’ll find on any affordable British sports car of its time. All those things make it a good alternative to cars like the Mazda RX-7 with its rotary engine, plaid seating, useful rear hatch and… wait, what? The Japanese car is weirder? Anyhow, TR7s seem to have suffered greater attrition, so let’s pretend it’s weird just for being rare and take a look at this 1977 Triumph TR7 coupe for sale for $3500 in Carver, MA.

1977 Triumph TR7 coupe right front


Steamy Spittie – 1969 Triumph Spitfire

January 30, 2016

With all the recent attention given to Alfa, Porsche, and Jaguar sports cars, you’d be excused for forgetting about some of the more accessible British sports cars, like the Triumph Spitfire. With five generations of Spitfire stretching over 18 years, there are plenty of flavors to choose from , starting with the slow and simple Spitfire 4 and finishing with the slow and complicated Spitfire 1500. The Spitfire Mark III is arguably one of the better renditions, retaining the more popular styling of the Mark I-III cars and gaining a proper folding top, a larger 1296cc engine with 8hp more (and presumably a bump in torque), though 7hp of this were lost to emissions regulations by 1969. The instrument panel was no longer center-mounted, moving to a traditional placement in front of the driver. Let’s take a look at this 1969 Triumph Spitfire for sale for $2500 in Yachats, OR.

1969 Triumph Spitfire right front