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TR7  und  TR8


first designs of the TR7 started out of a Michelotti Prooject called Lynx and Bullett not as often published a Harris Manndesign is incorrect a can be viewed under "Prototypes". Harris Mann took over the Project from Michelotti and finished it.Stag had become outdated, the more the TR6, and the whole common portfolio of Rover and Triumph were on a new track, planned to replace the Stag, GT6 and MGB/C.several attempts and reshaping it was clear that the Lynx was to replace the closed GT6 Coupe' and the Bullet Project replacing the outdated TR6, the problematic Stag, by using a T-Bar, using engines up to the Rover Vee 8, whereas the under development being new Rover SD1 was thought to replace the Rover P6 and the Triumph Saloons.
Harris Mann was the designer who created the successful Ford Capri from where he changed to British Leyland, he took over the half finished projects from Michelotti, reshaped the Bullet to its disinctive, wedge shape, whereas the Lynx was cancelled.
The TR community wasn't really pleased about the new TR, they missed the performance, the sound, driving topless and critisized the live increasingly outdated rear live axle. Ontop of all there was no wood on the dash, in Europe there was 110 hp but in the USA only 90 hp. It's a mystery why the Triumph people didn't  even consider using the potential, 16 Valve engine from the Dolly Sprint, equipped with the meanwhile cheaper EFi Injection systems from the beginning. Such an engine would had easily produced at least 150 hp enough to make all the TR freaks happier. 1977 60 pre-series TR7 Sprint were assembled, but becaus of a fatal strike in the Speke plant the plans to produce TR7  Sprints in series was cancelled and never considered again. Following the ctritics and the cancelled plans in the USA to prohibite topless cars, in short time there was cabriolet on the road and a V8 powered 148 hp Rover engine dropped in, called TR7 Drophead and TR8. Now the community had what they wanted - even more, a strong, fast TR even topless and with a great sound from the rear. absolutely last TR left the production line at the end of 1981 as 1982 model. Until then there had been over 100.000 units been produced, which wasn't really bad under such circumstances among the British Motor Industry those days, lastly was the TR7 a sportscar.years the TR7 was seen as an outcast among the TR clubs all over the world, therefore specal TR7 clubs established, but today that is no problem anymore, the TR7 has been accepted as a part of the TR history. Considering that the TR7 is 36 years old yet, with a minimum of changes he would even look modern from a nowadays sight.


Modifications create sometimes martial looking examples like above, letting the small TR7 look just like Ferraris - hairraising for the purists among all of us - but they cause much neckbending on the streets today. Suitably a 2 litre Slant 4 engine breathing through  two twin Weber DCOE 's.                                                                           A Dolomite Sprint 16 V  engine


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