1980 Triumph TR8
- Entry number:
- KHP 574V
- Modern Classic
- Ian Nutton
British Leyland had exported 2500 TR8s to the USA and decided to introduce the car to the UK. They produced about 40 right hand drive cars to test various options.
My car was designated to be used for performance testing. BL fitted extra instruments, a fire extinguisher, a rear roll over bar and a modified front spoiler. They also fitted steel wheels (thought to be stronger). They changed the carburettor needles and may have fitted a higher Iift camshaft.
The car was tested at the MIRA test circuit and achieved a top speed of 137 MPH which is an all time record for a non competition Triumph.
The factory closed in 1981 and the car was transferred to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust at Gaydon where it was put in the reserve collection.
In June 2003 the museum put the car up for auction and was bought by a private collector. He kept the car in a warehouse and did very few miles.
I bought the car in 2015 and I have fitted the alloy wheels.