Even though the Triumph slant-four engine proved quite reliable after SAAB tinkered with it for a few decades, British Leyland never quite found the magic formula to make the TR7 hold together as well as the SAAB 99.
Though I've moved to Colorado, I've still got some California junkyard photos to share. How about two Triumph TR7s at the same yard? I feel like going on strike against British Leyland now!
Most of us will look at these admittedly godawful numbers for the Triumphs, Jaguars, and MGs we've seen in LeMons races and back away in horror… but your true British car aficionado will see those numbers as a challenge! More Spitfires! More Rover 3500s! More Humber Sceptres!
Sure, some folks will get all excited about some BMW or other, but the real LeMons cognoscenti know the Index Of Effuency is what matters. Congratulations, Black Knight Racing: It's Just A Flesh Wound!
Nebraska's flatter than the fourth grade. Which is good, because with a Triumph TR7, there inevitably comes a time when you may need to get out and push.
We never see enough British cars in the 24 Hours Of LeMons, so getting two TR7s, a V12 Jag, and a Chevy-powered Jag on the track at the same time really made our weekend.
In car design, the wedge is something we can appreciate. Here's our list of the top ten most influential wedge-shaped designs of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
You're probably checking the calendar to make sure it's not April 1st, after seeing that headline. Really- as of last night, the Cape Coventry TR7 is the current 24 Hours Of LeMons Arse Freeze-A-Palooza leader!
There's really not much we can add to the Legend Of The British Leyland Wedge here. American car buyers looking for a little car that weaves maniacally among mid-60s Galaxies and gets air cresting hills knew exactly where to go: follow the wedge-shaped British Leyland truck to the nearest dealer!
I felt certain that Team Black Metal V8olvo would have the only car at the Altamont with a ridiculous engine swap... but I thought wrong! Scratchy Bottom Racing has outdone the Lunacy Factor of our Ford 302-powered Volvo 244 by grabbing a $149 1976 Triumph TR7 and stuffing the 231-cube Buick V6 out of a '77 Pontiac…
Sure, we all laughed at the shoddy rattletraps made by British Leyland, and the British Malaise Era background of boarded-up factories and long dole lines made it a bitter sort of laughter. Still, James May wants to point out that British Leyland managed to send some original-looking designs limping off the assembly…