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1981 Triumph TR7 FHC

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  • Mileage12,962
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.0-litre
  • LocationBerkhamsted, Hertfordshire


1981 Triumph TR7 FHC

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Dom Ginn
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You don't need a crystal ball to predict where the prices of these cars are going - so buy the best and you won't regret it.

The TR7 has spent much of its life living under the shadow of its illustrious forefathers. Traditionalist enthusiasts of the open-top Michelotti designed models didn't take to the Harris Mann penned 'Wedge', as the parent company continued to dominate the headlines for the wrong reasons. However, the TR7 has seen something of a re-evaluation in recent years, as its qualities for its DIY friendly underpinnings, comfort and potential to handle well has meant that the car is now established as something of a genuine head-turning classic. In 2-litre form, it could never be accused of being slow and offers excellent parts availability.

As a post-1980 Canley assembled car, this example has benefited from over 200 improvements compared to the original 1975 car. Some of the physical specification changes include the standard fitment of a folding sunroof, alloy wheels and the distinctive plaid interior.

This example has to be considered one the most original examples in the UK, not only on the account of its 12,962 miles but its meticulous paperwork and current ownership under a well known BL authority. Forget the £5k to £7k so called 'good' examples out there, pay just a little bit more to get the best and you'll always have a smile on your face knowing it was the right decision.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Dom Ginn after meeting Richard the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

As part of a cherished collection, this particular TR7 has retained its provenance and has been a very cherished example.

The owner, Richard, is well known in classic car circles and as a former BL marketing man he has a huge passion for all things British Leyland. As a result, the cars in his collection are likely to be acquired from decent stock. This example with its very low mileage was acquired by Richard in 2012 with around 11K on the clock. He promptly carried out a service on the car and then kept on top of any issues. As a connoisseur of BL cars, he's rationalising his collection due to the lack of use and has made the difficult decision to let this TR7 go.

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Originality is the key ingredient here as Richard tells us the car has retained all of its original metal and much of the paint.

Wheels and Tyres

The cookie cutter style alloys looks fantastic and really set off the car against the deep red paint - we really think this colour combination is the most suited to the car.

The refurbished alloy wheels are in good condition with no signs of kerbing or corrosion. The Kleber Tyres are over 10 years old but have well above the legal tread.

The centre caps are new and the original spare wheel is unused. The jack and tools are in excellent condition too.


The body is straight and in excellent condition - a rare sight on a TR7 these days.

We saw no signs of body corrosion on our visit, with the slight exception of a couple of very minor blisters on the retractable aluminium headlamp covers.

The outer sills look solid and the boot floor in good order. There are a few tiny dings, particularly evident on the passenger door. The actual doors, boot and bonnet themselves are in excellent condition.


This really is an exception colour on this car, as it just seems to suit the lines so much.

The paint finish is good and thought to be 90% original - there can't be many cars from this era to boast that!

The front of the car looks really good as there are no significant chips or scuffs.

Glass and Trim

The glass is in good condition with no obvious signs of damage, no chips or cracks were observed. The glass and door rubber appears to be in good condition.

Both bumpers are straight and are in good condition. All of the black trim, including the C-pillar vents, front spoiler and full-length sunroof is in good order.

It's very difficult to find fault - it just shows the level of care and attention this car has had over the last forty years.


The interior is almost flawless and it could pass as new - just by sitting in this car you'll know you've made the right choice.

Seats and Carpets

The seats are in good condition with no evidence of damage, no rips or tears, with just minor signs of the bench seeing a little sag. They're clean and have been well looked after. The carpets and mats are very good, with some minor signs of ageing but overall clean and appeared to have been unused. The door cards, interior trim and roof lining are in excellent condition.


The dashboard has worn the years well and looks amazing - we challenge you to find a better and more original interior than this.

All the dials, controls and switches are in excellent condition, and apart from the clock, all function as they should.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is in excellent condition too, with no very limited signs of wear and damage. The gear stick follows the same theme and in line with the whole positive outlook of the dashboard.

Overall we really can't get over how good this interior actually is - imagine being proud to take this car to a show when we're allowed to in the summer.


The mechanics have been just as well cared for as the rest of the car - exceptional.

Engine and Gearbox

The 2.0L engine fired up with no hesitation at all, the temperature and dashboard lights remained off while the cold start was conducted. There was the expected blast of condensation from the exhaust when the engine was pressed, although it has to be noted the engine fan remained on during the video.

The physical condition of the engine suggests good ownership and maintenance.

Since our visit the car has had a thorough tune by a local BL specialist to investigate some hesitancy. The air intake system was the cause, and the opportunity was taken to check the timing, ignition and tune the SU carbs. The car now runs beautifully

The exhaust is in good condition and was not blowing from the manifold or the unit itself - all very tip top.

Suspension and Brakes

The brake operation is said to be in good working order, with the suspension components in excellent condition, with recently fitted rear bump stops and again are said not to pose any immediate issues.

The Drive

Richard informs us the drive of this car is second to none - you really will feel what it was like to drive this car when it was new. There's not many classics you can say that about for this type of money, certainly none that look as good as this anyway.

The roomy cabin and the low-set yet comfortable driving position is every inch of a sports car.

Electrics and Other

One of the main features of the TR7 is the retractable headlamps, and they're fully functional with no issues to their operation. The well-proven electrics have been maintained and represent another positive aspect of the car.

The factory-fit Unipart radio cassette player also functions, and there are two sets of keys.

History and Paperwork

It comes with a water-tight history with much of its original paperwork - making the investment even better.

Originally supplied to a BL dealer in Grimsby, the car comes with much of its original paperwork, including its after-sales job sheet, operation check, and invoice for rustproofing.

It has obviously seen a very charmed life and appears to have spent much of its life indoors. It comes with MOTs from the last 20 years and road tax disks that stretch back into the '90s.

While it has a very low recorded mileage, it has still seen some level of mechanical renovation, which includes carb work, ignition items, brake renewal, a new exhaust box and service items. Recent work has included some engine running investigation issues, now sorted, and reapplication of some underseal to the rear suspension and back axle. The car was undersealed from new by Protectol (details are in the history file) to very good effect.

The history file also includes a copy of a British Leyland draft report investigating the sales potential of the TR7 in mainland Europe, when the car was codenamed inside the company as project “Bullett”. The paper comes from the owner’s time at BL when working in sales forecasting, and provides a fascinating insight into part of the planning process. Also in the history pack is a salesman’s guide to selling the TR7, a showroom brochure and the original owner’s handbook.

Had the TR7 been released by a different company the chances are that the car would have reached acclaim a little earlier. But now this car is coming into its own. There were quite a few of us that lusted after them as kids, and when we lust then we get nostalgic, and when we get nostalgic then we want to buy - meaning this car is set for an excellent investment potential.

The current owner took the car onboard in 2012 and added around 1,000 miles since then, maintaining its unique status as one the lowest mileage TR7s in the world.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
20-11-2020 MOT 12,903
08-04-2016 MOT 11,997
04-06-2014 MOT 11,874
13-04-2012 Service 11,644
28-10-2011 MOT 11,317
27-10-2010 MOT 11,174
26-10-2009 MOT 10,992
27-10-2008 MOT 9,788
25-10-2007 MOT 9,662
23-10-2006 MOT 9,370
09-08-2005 MOT 9,078
09-08-2004 MOT 8,825
07-08-2003 MOT 8,382
16-06-2000 MOT 8,257
Key Details
  • ModelTR7
  • Transmission5-Speed Manual
  • Reg. Date1981
  • CC1998cc
  • Mileage12,962
  • HistoryExcellent
  • ColourRed
  • Interior ColourPlaid / Tan
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #TPAEJ7AT212096
  • Engine #CG32540H
  • RestoredNo
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOTExp. 21-11-2021
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers5
  • Tyre BrandKleber
  • Tyre Age2009
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned9 years
  • Key FeatureThe Best of the Best

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£9,550 bid by TRicky 12.03.2021 @ 19:19:44
£8,450 bid by sharley 10.03.2021 @ 17:46:45
£8,215 bid by private 06.03.2021 @ 01:48:34
£8,013 bid by Len 05.03.2021 @ 19:45:43
Paul Harriman
Paul Harriman

Hello, may I be cheeky and ask if you have any other Triumphs for sale? I’ve struggled to find a nice one since being ‘conned’ out of selling my Stag a few years ago! Both my grandfather and uncle worked for Triumph in the 60s/70s and I’ve had several over the years. Thanks very much for reading this. Best wishes, Paul

Adam - Trade Classics

Hey Paul – I’ve removed your phone number to protect your identity online. Paul will reply to you here and we can put you guys in touch at the end of the auction. Cheers Adam TC


Thank you. I thought after posting it that I shouldn’t have asked that question really – it’s taking advantage of your business. I didn’t really realise what the set up was!

Adam - Trade Classics

Hey Paul – no worries… fyi, you shouldn’t really post your phone number online these days for security reasons. Happy to put you guys in touch… see what Richard says. cheers


Thanks Adam, and appreciate the advice. Your website looks really interesting, and I like how you advertise the cars. Shall have a proper look

£7,811 bid by WCollins 05.03.2021 @ 11:53:39
£6,766 bid by WCollins 05.03.2021 @ 11:34:38

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Tring, Hertfordshire

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