The Triumph TR8 already looked like nothing else on the road. So
when you can find a version of this British roadster that has been
given the right investments to look even more distinctive, and add
extra power to the V8, then you know this is truly a machine for
the bold. Then again, at this price, this convertible is for anyone
who loves a good value, too.
The TR8 bucked the trend of classily styled British drop-tops. So
it was the perfect way to deliver the traditional road-carving
experience, but in a true standout package. That holds even more
true today thanks to the big investment in a custom presentation.
This car has had the same owner since 2006, and he really added the
kind of distinction you wished the factory would have. It starts
with the vibrant House of Kolors Kosmos Red paint. It's a full
professional application that even includes painting the formerly
generic black bumpers and rockers. Now the sleek clearcoat finish
can really bring out the full design lines that would have made the
car a true success. Plus, there's true tasteful English style in
the tan folding roof, and this has Britain's Compomotive
Motorsports alloys added. So it's an upgraded car that still keeps
a very European flair. The TR8 originally had trouble finding a
home in the USA - less than 2,800 produced over a three-year run.
Of course, if they had looked this good from the beginning, the car
would likely not be so rare today.
The TR8 was expensive when new (the same money could have bought a
Camaro Z/28 with enough left over for a Chevette.) So the restored
interior keeps the premium tradition going. It starts with the tan
bucket seats recovered in a supple leather. And everything from the
courtesy lights to the carpeting tells you the restoration was
detail-oriented. There were some nice upgrades added, too. The
radio is now an AM/FM/CD stereo with aux input, and the factory air
conditioning was converted to modern R134a (will need a servicing
before blowing cold again.) And as a true British drop-top, this is
meant to be a driver's machine. That's why you have a gearstick in
the ideal position, a grippy steering wheel, and beyond that is a
full set of Smiths gauges - including a large speedo and tach.
Under the hood is the correct GM-based 3.5-liter V8. While this is
believed to be the original motor, it also has been given a big
investment in quality. It was rebuilt by White Brothers Racing
about 10k miles ago. The work included ported cylinder heads, new
piston rings, bearings, seals, an upgraded Erson camshaft, an
Edelbrock intake, and topped with a Holley four-barrel carburetor.
It's a strong motor with Mallory distributor, high torque starter,
and an aluminum radiator. So it fires up nicely as the header-fed
dual exhaust makes its sweet and distinct V8 tune. There's a solid
feeling on the road that comes from the control of the five-speed
manual transmission and the proper European suspension. Add in
modern Kumho tires and upgraded Wilwood front disc brakes, and this
is exactly how you want your classic driving experience to be.
The sale comes complete with terrific paperwork, including the
original window sticker, dealer invoice, owner's manual, title
documentation, maintenance records, and build receipts. This is
affordable fun in an exceptionally restored and distinct package.
Don't miss this unique Triumph. Call today!!!