Prized Possession: 1981 Triumph TR7 580 Mile Survivor – Sold?
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December 1, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
By 1981, the writing was on the wall that British Leyland was pulling out of the U.S. market. By 1980, its Triumph division only offered two versions of its wedge-shaped sports car in the U.S.: the inline-four-powered TR7 or the V8-equipped TR8. With most U.S. Triumph dealerships beginning to close shop in 1980, buying a Triumph sports car became difficult after the 1981 model year.
This Silver Leaf over blue 1981 Triumph TR7 convertible for sale, last seen for sale on Craigslist in October 2023 near our offices here in Flemington, New Jersey, is one of only a few TR7s imported that final year. The seller notes the original owner had to special order the car and have it flown over on a Boeing 747 cargo when new. The original owner apparently purchased the car as a collector’s item, as this TR7 only has 590 miles since new. While this Triumph TR7 may have been the original owner’s prized possession, they clearly admired the car sitting in their garage on display rather than behind the wheel driving it.
Last offered for $32,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is well above this guide’s six-month rolling results trend for similar Triumph TR7 examples. By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:
As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is over double this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $16,000. The premium here is for what is likely the lowest mileage 1981 TR7 Convertible currently available in the U.S., if not the world.
The Grand Thrift Auto YouTube Channel provides a modern perspective of why enthusiasts should give the Triumph TR7 a second look:
Cars are only original once. With only 580 documented miles, this 1981 Triumph TR7 for sale is the next best thing to building a time machine and returning to buying one brand new. The dilemma is, with only 580 miles since new, this TR7 convertible for sale is more likely a museum piece for a British sports car enthusiast as the premium price requested will only decline if the new caretaker decides to add any miles to the car.
If you are serious about buying this TR7, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad. When you connect, please mention that you saw their Triumph featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Since this TR& for sale is located in the same town as our office, please feel free to call Rudy if you need someone to inspect the car in person.
Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
This is probably the nicest, all original, and lowest mile TR7 in existence – UNDER 600 Original and verified miles. This rare 1981 TR7 was special ordered after production stopped and flown to the USA onboard a PanAm 747 Cargo jet to its original owner who kept it as a prized possession until his passing. The car is finished in the Rare (1981 only) SILVER LEAF Metalic paint with Blue Velour Interior. The car is one of a handful with the Fuel injected 2.0 litre overhead cam engine. This car also sports a rare Lenham removable hardtop. This Triumph has just been fully serviced to make it ready for use and or/show. A true time capsule or museum find. Call for extensive details and history documentation“
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