1979 Triumph TR7 Convertible- No Reserve

Price: US $1,000.00 Item location: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Triumph
  • Model: TR7
  • SubModel: DHC
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: 2 doors
  • Year: 1979
  • Mileage: 67,000
  • VIN: TCT102267UCF
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: 2.0 L 4cyl In-line
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 5 Speed manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: CD Player, Convertible
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1979 Triumph TR7 DHC

1979 Triumph TR7 roadster.

Has about 67000 original miles on it. It wasn't running when I bought it last summer, and I planned to sort out the odds and ends it needed to make it a daily driver. My life has changed, my priorities have changed, and I've lost interest in the TR7.

I haven't done much to or know much of the car's history. It will certainly need some attention to be a daily driver.

I'm a hobbyist, not a mechanic. What follows is my opinion, and not a professional one at that. It could all be wrong, and I make no promise in the accuracy of my observations. They should provide information enough to determine interest. A personal inspection is strongly recommended, that you may make an informed decision before bidding.

The biggest issue regards the carburetors. I could not get the car to idle properly, in spite of rebuilding the original Zenith-Stromberg arrangement (they will go with the car).

To get it running and driving, I installed a pair of SU carburetors I had on hand, and a home made throttle linkage from things laying around the garage. They are completely wrong, but with an appropriate linkage and rebuild, they would probably be a better choice than the originals for reliability.

The car starts and runs this way. There are no unusual noises, smoke, smells or leaks from the engine or transmission. The clutch and brakes feel OK. Second gear is sometimes hard to find, but seems to improve as I use the car.

The car obviously needs struts, shocks and an alignment. The headlights motors are currently disconnected and the lights are manually cranked up. The motors and components are good (they cycle with power applied), but they don't work properly when connected. I haven't noticed rust enough to be concerned. It appears to have been hit on the right side, and the right quarter panel body work was done poorly.

The door windows crank up and down, but are jerky doing it. The door panels are home made but presentable. The top is about a year old. The seats are aftermarket, in good condition. The fuel gage works, but the low fuel warning light stays on. One side of the passenger seatbelt is not installed.The radio is sitting in the dash, not connected at all (I don't know if it works).

There are other issues with the car which I consider minor. Missing wheel center caps, missing steering wheel center cap... I couldn't find and remember every little thing, but I'm sure I missed some things I'd consider nuisance items.

It's a British sports car over 35 years old, and I probably make it sound worse than it is.

I don't believe any of those things would be a major challenge for a reasonably competent backyard mechanic to perform.
This car is not offered elsewhere. I anticipate this auction to run as listed, although I reserve the right to end this auction at any time for any reason.
I reserve the right to cancel any and all bids, for any reason at any time.
The car is offered with no reserve
5% of the final value will be donated to Urgent Death Row Dogs, Inc., dedicated to saving the lives of dogs destined to be destroyed by New York City's "No Kill" Animal Control Center (Yes, you read that correctly).
If you have a feedback rating of less than 10, please contact me prior to bidding. I will otherwise cancel your bid.
Thanks for your time and understanding.

On May-17-16 at 07:58:45 PDT, seller added the following information:

All spares I have for the car are included in this auction. I will gather them together prior to the auction's end.
Spares include four Zenith-Stromberg carburetors (two I removed, and two I received with the car), a crankshaft and variety of small engine and electrical parts, what remains of the original seats and door panels, and at least one Haynes repair manual. I cannot attest to the condition of any of the spares, and will not separate them from this auction/sale.