V8 Wedge: 1980 Triumph TR8 – Sold!
Originally listed in October 2019 on Craigslist in Hartford, Connecticut was this rare V8-powered 1980 Triumph TR8 the private seller is hoping to get $11,500 for. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the current caretaker had their Triumph priced $1,800 higher than the #3 “Good” estimate.
Triumph introduced its radical wedge-shaped TR7 in 1975 in coupe form only under the misguided notion the U.S. market would soon outlaw convertibles. When that didn’t happen, Triumph launch a more traditional roadster version. Enthusiasts criticized the TR7 for being underpowered so to address it, Triumph introduced the TR8 in 1980, which was a TR7 powered by the aluminum Buick/Oldsmobile/Pontiac 215-cubic inch aluminum V-8. Unfortunately, Triumph was out of business by 1981 with only 2,700 TR8s built, making the example presented here somewhat desirable over its more pedestrian TR7 sibling.
The private seller describes his TR8 to be in “Excellent Condition” that “Runs very strong” and has “no rust.” While the paint remains original, the seller states the seat and top have been redone. The seller reports the 3.5 liter V8 needs an oil pan gasket, the factory air conditioning system needs to be converted to 134a refrigerant, and the transmission leak common on these cars is present.
If you love the look of the TR7, you’ll love the sound and performance the V8-powered TR8 provides, particularly this dual exhaust equipped example.
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