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.