Tri­umph Lynx

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 10 Of The Best -

This will al­ways be re­mem­bered for be­ing the car that union bel­lig­er­ance killed off. Why? This car was tooled up and ready to build at BL’s Speke plant, but when new com­pany chair­man Michael Ed­wardes ended up clos­ing the strife-rid­den fac­tory, pro­duc­tion plans for this car were sim­i­larly writ­ten off. The Lynx was an in­ter­est­ing TR7/SD1 hy­brid that promised to com­bine V8 per­for­mance with TR-style dy­nam­ics in a very ca­pa­ble pack­age that was con­ceived to re­place the Stag. With a TR7/TR8 front end, a Rover V8 en­gine and what looks like a ca­pa­cious fourseater in­te­rior, the Lynx was un­doubt­edly a promis­ing car – and prob­a­bly more than a match for the Ford Capri V6. But its styling lacks the Ford’s in­stant glam­our – and in the up­mar­ket coupé mar­ket, this counts for a lot.

WHY WASN’T IT MADE?

As ex­plained in the main story, the Lynx was a vic­tim of cir­cum­stance, rather than any fail­ing in prod­uct plan­ning or bud­get. Al­though the styling looks a lit­tle dis­jointed from to­day’s per­spec­tive, for a 1979 launch, it would have been a very in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tion to the mar­ket. How­ever, that would have co­in­cided with the se­cond en­ergy cri­sis, so would have sold in penny num­bers.

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