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1982 Triumph TR7 2L Drophead Coupé


1982 Triumph TR7 2L Drophead Coupé – Origin Story

The Triumph Motor Company manufactured the Triumph TR7 sports car from September 1974 to October 1981 in the United Kingdom. The most characteristic feature of this sports car was it’s distinctive “wedge” shape. The car design was penned by Harris Mann who would also designed the wedge-shaped Princess. During it’s development, the TR7 was referred to by the code name “Bullet”. The original full-size model would wear MG logos because it was styled at Longbridge, which was not a Triumph factory. The TR7 has a 2 litre, single overhead cam, 8-valve, 4-cylinder engine, with two SU carburettors, and a compression ratio of 9.25:1. The TR7 used the same fundamental design as the unit used for the Triumph Dolomite Sprint saloon. In early models, the engine used was the 2 litre, 16-valve Triumph Dolomite Sprint unit.

The TR7 initially only had a four speed gearbox until a five speed alternative was later released in 1976, with an added choice of a three speed automatic gearbox. Early in 1979, the convertible version of the TR7 was finally introduced under the designation TR7 Drop Head Coupe. The TR7 DHC first went on sale in the USA, and it would not be until 1980 that it would became available in the UK. A limited edition TR7 drop head was introduced into the US by the US importer in 1980. The model was designated the TR7 Spider, and was available only in black and had equipment specific to the Spider (installed by the US dealers themselves). Approxiamtely 1,270 TR7 Spiders were manufactured in the UK prior to being exported, these included 400 fuel injected versions destined exclusively for the Californian market. The TR7 would compete in rallies between 1976 and 1980, when a team of TR7’s was formed by British Leyland for competition.

1982 Triumph TR7 2L Drophead Coupé Winner of concours d’elegance at the Triumph sport club of South Africa national gathering. Same owner for more than 20 years. Features include:


  • Electronic Ignition
  • Fixed with MK 2 boot spoilers
  • Scuff plates
  • Brand new tyres

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  • Electronic Ignition
  • Fixed with MK 2 boot spoilers
  • New Tyres
  • Scuff plates
Layout / number of cylinders In-line 4 Cylinder Engine
Displacement 1998 cc
Engine Layout Front-engine
Horsepower 79 Kw (108 Hp)
@ rpm 5500 rpm
Torque 161 Nm
Compression ratio 9,25 :1
Top Track Speed  183 km/h
0 - 60 mph  9.1 s
Manual Gearbox  4-speed manual
Fuel consumption
City (estimate)
Highway (estimate)
Length 4065 mm
Width 1681 mm
Height 1220 mm
Wheelbase 2160 mm
Maximum payload 250 kg
Curb weight 2,427 lb (1,101 kg)
Luggage compartment volume
Fuel Tank Capacity  55 L
Year: 1982
Make: Triumph
Model: TR7 2L Drophead Coupé
Body Style: 2 Door Coupe
Mileage: 78,000 km
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Condition: Very Good
Location: Cape Town
Drivetrain: RWD
Engine: 2L In-line 4 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color: Racing Red
Interior Color: Black & Grey
MPG: City / Highway

Fuel Efficiency Rating

  • City: N/A
  • Highway: N/A

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle condition.

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