Feature: Triumph TR7 V8 – a history

Anyone who’s seen the film “The Vatanen Touch” will know all about Tony Pond and the thundering Triumph TR7 V8 in which he won the 1980 Manx Rally in dominant fashion.

But skip back four years to when the TR7 first made its rally debut, and things weren’t so rosy for British Leyland’s latest sports car.

When the TR7 first hit the stages in 1976, it was fitted with a 16-valve engine from the Dolomite Sprint. Although it initially had a four-speed gearbox, that was later replaced with a close ratio five-speed unit.

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