Lot 118 - 1982 Triumph TR8 Conversion

Lot 118 - 1982 Triumph TR8 Conversion

Lot 118 - 1982 Triumph TR8 Conversion

Lot Number 118
Registration XKV 808X
Chassis Number SATPADJ7AA406848
Engine Number 30803884
Odometer reading 27,121 miles
Estimate £14,000 - £17,000

The TR8 that appeared on the North American market used the all-alloy 3.5 litre V8 engine that had been powering Rovers since 1966. Most of the initial build cars came with dual Zenith Stromberg carburettors - only those sold into emission-conscious California used fuel injection from the outset. Early TR8s were only available in coupé form - the much-admired convertible not reaching the market until October of their introductory year. British Leyland had eventually decided to introduce the TR8 to the UK and European markets in November 1981 and had constructed a mere 18 right hand drive cars at the Lode Lane Solihull Factory some weeks before. Shortly after these examples were built British Leyland executives decided to cancel the whole TR range and plans to build the TR8 in any volume were scrapped.

This Triumph TR8 3.5 litre V8 five-speed manual conversion, is presented in Argent Silver with contrasting navy blue check trim, a navy blue soft top and a black tonneau cover. The car was manufactured as an original right hand drive car for the home market on 30th June 1981 which makes it one of the last cars built before manufacturing ceased and it still retains the original registration number issued at first registration in Coventry on 24th February 1982. The mileage showing on the car is 27,121 which may well be correct although we cannot warrant this, however the car comes with MoT test certificates dating from 2002 when the mileage was 8,010 and in 2012 the recorded mileage was just 8,079, showing the car had only done 69 miles in that 10 year period. We do not know exactly when the car was converted to TR8 specification but during the last ownership there are lots of bills for service work and upgrades some of which include fitting new Minilite style alloys, Wilwood brake conversion, new Edelbrock carburettor, twin four-branch manifold and stainless-steel exhaust system plus lots more smaller items to bring the car up to a good standard that the car is currently in today. The car is also accompanied by a Heritage Certificate which confirms all that has been outlined here. Being over 40 years old this Triumph can now be registered as a Historic vehicle, so tax exempt and no MoT test certificate needed.

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