In the high school yearbook of cars, the 1980 Triumph TR-8 was nominated for “Most likely to be a doorstop.” The 1980’s were a great decade for doorstop cars: The Lotus Esprit, Lamborghini Countach, Mazda RX-7, the Fiat X1/9, Vector W8 (but there was less than 20 made, so…), and the Lancia Stratos to name but a few.
The angular lines are very masculine even on this small scale car. I guess you could say it looks as if it was designed by a man. In fact it was designed by a Mann, Harris Mann that is. With all those points and angles, it’s clear that a man’s Mann he was. OK, sorry about that bit, but anyway the car was put into production by British Leyland and marketed under the Triumph name.
The TR-7 and the TR-8 were stablemates, with the TR-8 being the 8-cylinder variant, originally rated at about 133-137 HP depending on the carburetor set up. The TR-7 was a bit more anemic with its 105 HP 2.0 liter inline 4.
This particular car has had a lot of modifications to the Rover sourced engine (derived from a 1960’s GM design), which includes having been bored and stroked to 4.6 liters, a 4 barrel Holley Demon, and Offenhauser valve covers and air cleaner. To keep things cool, there’s a large bore aluminum radiator with electric fans. There are so many upgrades on this 80,000 mile car that it’s best to click the link below to see the entire list.
The exterior is painted in Metallic British Racing Green and the black interior looks to be in very good condition for a car of this age. It’s clear that the owner has taken good care of this baby, and while it’s not in show car condition, it looks to be an amazingly preserved and updated driver that should turn heads and hold doors open wherever it goes. It looks like a hoot to drive! Not bad for 14 large.