‘They don’t look like any­thing else!’

Practical Classics (UK) - - YOUR CARS - 1977 Tri­umph TR7 Matt Weck­ert, Sh­effield

I own a 1972 Rover 2000 TC, a 1976 Maxi and a 1979 Al­le­gro 1100 and although I en­joy them all, I wanted some­thing sportier. I’ve al­ways liked Bri­tish Leyland ve­hi­cles and hav­ing sat in a TR7 at the Clas­sic Mo­tor Show last year, and I de­cided I wanted one. I have mates into clas­sic cars, like the Bond Bug be­hind me which one of my best mates owns, so there’s a use­ful pool of knowl­edge that’s re­ally handy when seek­ing out clas­sics or try­ing to fix them.

The TR7 fits the bill for me – it’s a great car which han­dles like a dream. The dodgy BL rep­u­ta­tion is un­fair. They didn’t com­ply with the usual TR im­age and Sev­en­ties wedges aren’t like any­thing else. Peo­ple stare but I’m not sure if it’s me or the car.

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