EXTERIOR – This TR7 two seater sports car with steel-paneled body of unitary construction is a rare find in this condition. Striking in red (CDE/287) the subject of an earlier restoration in the early nineties and is still gleaming today. The red paint work is now starting to bubble in a few corners but, it should not detract from with overall superb exterior condition. The period ‘black work’ is complete and contrasts well with fiery livery. A couple of small scuff marks on the front valance are barely noticeable. The folding soft top is taught with all relevant studs nicely in place offering secure (when needed) waterproof driving. But what’s the point!! With the top down and tucked away beneath the tonneau cover is surely how this car should be driven.
INTERIOR – The interior is in superb condition. Typical 80’s vinyl trimmed seats with head restraints that combine well with contrasting grey dashboard. Moulded pile carpet with storage bin in the centre armrest; a set of decalled carpet mats sit in place alongside a spare set of rubber mats. Both door cards are superb and both quirky courtesy/map door lights work – in all positions. Both inertia seat belts work perfectly.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION – Four cylinders, in line, inclined 45 degree Bore 90.3mm. Stroke 78mm. Capacity 1998cc 105 bhp at 5,500 rev/min. Max torque 16.45 kgm at 3,500 rev/min. Compression ratio 9.25:1 Five speed synchromesh on forward gears. The detailed engine bay displays period British Leyland Engine Setting sticker. The car starts well with the minimum choke required before idling well unassisted.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES – The original wheels have been replaced with befitting 5 spoke Compomotive alloys and accompany a new set of Nexen 195/60R14 m/s tyres. The Divided hydrostatic braking system, servo assisted, (discs at the front and drums at the rear) pull up well.
HISTORY FILE – This particular model was built in 1980 in Canley, with actual registration occurring in March 1981. It’s hard to believe it is 34 years old. Extensively restored in 1990, it has an incredible history file with receipts for work going back to the mid 1980’s along with letters from previous owners. A further restoration project was carried out in 1993, again with photographic evidence. Currently showing 87256 recorded miles, it must be one of the few surviving cars of this era in this condition. The original British Leyland Passport To Service is a lovely touch with an A4 size binder literally packed with receipts and MOT’s. The last owner has used the car sparingly in the last 5 years covering a mere 1000 miles.
UK registration with new MOT. Currently SORN.
Price includes shipping to the UK.