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Seller Submission: Cheap TR7 Yard Find

80 TR7 rght frnt

From Bob L. – Hi, We are clearing up an estate which includes a “yard find”  1980 TR7 roadster.  It was moved outdoors 5 years ago running and driving and honestly still does not look too bad.  No nasty stuff, one minor ding in left rear fender, tolerable interior, tires are up,  battery dead and we have not looked under it yet. We have not tried to run it but it was driven to it’s current location. There’s a good chance the 28,000 miles is actual but no guarantee at this price. We have an asking price of $2,495, but will consider any fair offer. Widow wants it out of her yard before snow fall, and the leaves are already falling. It’s listed here on our site. Thanks for your help!

80 TR7 lft mtr

Triumph thought they were building the sports car of the future when they started development of the TR7. It never really caught on though and many Triumph guys don’t consider it a “real” Triumph today. They weren’t all bad though and it just means that cars like this can be picked up for a song.

80 TR7 rght int

The convertible top does make this one more desirable and it actually doesn’t look too bad considering the fact that it has been sitting outside. Parts supply for these cars isn’t as good as their older TR brethren, so the fact that this one looks complete is a plus. There always seem to be a few around getting parted out though so I’m sure you could find any of the missing bits.

80 TR7 rght rear

As long as the rust isn’t too bad, this could be cheap way to get into British car ownership. Find your local British car club and I bet there will be a few guys willing to offer advice. I’ve found that many of these guys are pretty down to earth and happy to help a fellow enthusiast. If any of you end up dragging it home up please let us know too!


  1. Bob Lichty

    Key word in this add is “offer”. Widow wants it out of the yard asap. Call for an appointment to see it or make offer 330-453-8900 days.

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  2. Jose

    Where is this thing located? Would love to go see it if its somewhere near Northern California. Anyone?

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    • Bob Lichty

      Opps! neglected the most important part. It is located in Canton, Ohio. Sorry Jose.

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    • SoCal Car Guy

      Click “Contact Us” on the seller’s site — thet’re in Canton, Ohio.

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  3. Horse Radish

    I have a couple of these in So CAL.
    $1500 each

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    • Bob Lichty

      In that case, you owe Barn Finds $100 for the 2 free ads you just ran. LOL.

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  4. jim s

    sellers website has a lot of interesting vehicles listed for sale.

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  5. Bruce E

    If you go through their whole inventory, the last car on it, which happens to be this one, is listed for $1995.00……

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  6. Howard G

    Based on the VIN# TCT11950UCF this is likely a ’79 manufactured car
    Based on the F at the end it should have a 5 speed gearbox

    1978-79, Canley-built cars (Prefix: TCG, TCN, TCT, TCV, TCW)
    Assembly Plant: T = Canley-Built
    Model Range: C = TR7/8
    Specification: G = TR7 coupe for home market/Europe/Australia.
    W = TR7 coupe for North American markets.
    N = TR8 coupe for North American markets.
    T = TR7 convertible for North American markets.
    V = TR8 convertible for the North American markets.
    Chassis Number: (varies in the number of digits)
    Option suffixes: U – North American specification cars
    L – the other left-hand drive cars
    F – five speed gearbox fitted
    A – automatic transmission fitted
    C – exhaust control is fitted.

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    • Bob Lichty

      Thanks great info. Very possible it is a 5-speed since we have not driven it.

      Also appears not to be a California spec car. according to other folks.

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  7. Keith Matheny

    Hmmmm, about 50 miles from me. Bring a vac to clean out those leaves.
    Scuttle area under battery, cowl under wipers, floors (trailing arm brackets) behind seats, both wells in trunk, just to name a few spots to check, Dash looks good in pict’s, seem to remember head gasket issues, studs?
    Always liked these, came close a couple of times, re- paint is a plus, wonder if the head lights still operate, lol. Good luck getting the right height tires for anything w/13″ rims.
    Ya, not much room at the inn right now, but I’m thinking if I push the Spit back a little farther and get the spider at an angle,,,,! Now if this were a “Staaggg”,,, done deal!

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