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**Regretfully Withdrawn** 1975 Triumph TR7 V8 Race/Rally car

Lot No.: 341

Registration: SGR 496R
Chassis Number: Not Specified
Engine Number: 3509005
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 3500
Year of Manufacture: 1976
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Result to follow

**Regretfully Withdrawn**

  • Bought new in 1976 by the privateer, David Lambton, and converted to V8 rally specification almost immediately
  • Campaigned from 1976 - 1982 in many Club and National events with much success
  • Laid up in 1982. Returned to use in 2009 and extensively recommissioned. Fresh, John Eales V8
  • Used for one event in 2009 and then converted to an Historic Race Car. Massive spec (see below) 
  • All parts to convert back to rally trim are included in the sale along with other miscellaneous spares
  • In Leyland 'Works' colours. 14,220 miles from new. FIA/HTP papers, MSA logbook, and extensive period history


Triumph finally announced the arrival of the V8-engined TR8 in 1980, some two years behind schedule mainly as a result of the industrial and corporate strife generated by intransigent, strike-happy, union workers locked in combat with head-in-the-sand, Leyland middle management. However, the 'Works' rally team were divorced from all this disruption and during the late seventies, prior to the introduction of the production TR8, put up some creditable performances in tarmac events using the TR7 Sprint powered by the Dolomite Sprint's 16-valve engine, which in full works trim delivered around 220bhp.

However, the TR7's competitiveness was greatly enhanced by the adoption of the 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine, which was first used on the 1978 Welsh Rally. With around 300bhp available - more with the 1980 version's quartet of Webers - the TR7 V8 was arguably the fastest rally car of its era in a straight line. In Europe, the V8's most successful exponent was the late Tony Pond, one of Britains most talented and charismatic rally drivers, whose full-on driving style was always a crowd pleaser. In 1978, Pond won the Granite City, Ypres, and Manx International rallies, and finished 4th in the RAC, and in 1980 he emerged victorious at the Manx Stages, Manx International, and Ypres events. British Leyland closed its works rallying programme at the end of 1980, the TR7 V8's last official outing being at that year's RAC Rally.

Bought new in 1976 by privateer rally driver, David Lambton, purely to be used as a rally car, this particular TR7 was converted to rally specification almost immediately after purchase, with the preparation and conversion work being carried out by 'Ian Lines Rallying' in Weston-super-Mare with help and support from the 'Works' who were developing their own cars at the same time.  It has covered just 13,916 documented miles from new. Finished in Leyland Works colours, the car was campaigned from 1976 - 1982 by David in many Club and National events including The Durham Dales, Keilder National, and Otterburn Rallies. Well-prepared and quick, the TR was generally very successful and its unusual looks and thundering V8 generated lots of column inches in the local press and Motoring News.

In 1982, the Triumph was laid up and remained unused, but still in the original owner's hands, until 2009 when a  total rebuild was commissioned. This was completed in 2009 to the highest of standards and it's obvious that no expense was spared.  It was fitted with a fresh, dry-sump, 275bhp Rover V8 by the respected specialist, John Eales, a close-ratio gearbox, and a Quaife limited slip differential. A new multi-point roll cage was fitted and the car was fully prepared to go rallying, however, its rally career was to be a very short-lived affair as, after the 2009 Bulldog Stages, the car was sold to its 3rd owner (our vendor) who decided that this immaculate TR7 was just too nice to thrash around the woods, so embarked on making the simple conversion to an Historic race car. All parts to convert back to rally trim are included in the sale along with other miscellaneous spares, and it would only take a couple of days to return it to 'rally-spec'.

The specification today includes:

  • JE Developments 275bhp/257 ft/lbs, V8 dry-sump engine. Dry-sump oil tank in the boot
  • Quad Weber 48 carburettors with JED swan neck manifold and alloy fabricated air boxes to enable the use of larger trumpets
  • Tremec T5 5-speed manual transmission. 5-link 4HA axle with Quaife LSD. OMEX gear shift
  • Front AP 4-pot 304mm discs & bells. Alloy front hubs with larger motorsport bearings. Adjustable brake bias
  • Adjustable Avo front and rear suspension with coil-overs Fully adjustable top mounts and track control arms
  • Alloy fabricated foam-filled fuel tank. Holley electric fuel pump
  • Lowered works floor to accommodate a lower seating position. Quick lift jacking points
  • Minilite motorsport wheels 15 x 7 with 4 x Toyo Proxes R888R
  • Lightweight f/glass boot & bonnet. Lexan side and rear windows with sliders - tinted original glass also available
  • Lightweight race battery and alloy mounting. Shift lights. Suede Momo steering wheel
  • Driver's seat, harness, and plumbed-in fire extinguisher all in-date
Spares Package; Factory vented brakes - part no.STN 0068, Works sump guard - part no.STN 0086, Bilstein works suspension - part no.STR 0430, LT77 Gearbox, door cards, headlights, 4 x Cibie Spotlights, Glass windows passenger and drivers, steel boot and bonnet. Plus other ancillary items as per photographs.

Our vendor has successfully raced the TR in the Classic and Sports Car Championship with a recent first in class in 'Future Classics' at Mallory Park. We are advised that the car would also be eligible for use in the Historic Race Car Championship (HRCC). Presented today with FIA/HTP papers to full current historic race spec, its MSA logbook, and with extensive period history, this is a sensational classic race/rally car guided at a fraction of the price it cost to restore and, after a quick 'spanner-check', ready for the approaching season.