This is one of the few remaining genuine TR7 Sprints, which was purchased back in May 2004 and since then I have researched its early history and luckily for me, the previous owner had already contacted the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust for a Heritage certificate and obtained copies of the V5’s, which had been filled in on change of ownership.
On the certificate it showed that it had been built at Speke in Liverpool between 22-30th of June 1977 using a 1978 model year shell. Its chassis number is the ACH series and it was finished in Inca yellow with a green/black (Nylon cord) interior and factory fitted sunroof. Other items mentioned are the 185/70HR13 tyres and the rear fog lights.
The car was stored at Speke until the 8th of November when it was transferred to the British Leyland Power train and foundry division at Longbridge.
First registered at Longbridge on 9th November, it joined the other SJW 5—S registered Sprints as part of the press fleet used to publicise the “new” 16 valve TR7’s, known in BL as a 4 valve engine.
When BL decided to shelve these new cars the press cars were put to other uses, mine was used to test parts for the soon to be announced TR8 for one. Photos of my car exist in the archives at Gaydon and mention Japanese connections also. The reference numbers for the photographs were T-108219.psd to 108226.psd. I then rang Gaydon purchased the pictures, included in the log entry was ”Japanese TR7 Sprint (1978)”. The photographs were taken by a D. Leopold.
My car remained at Longbridge until it was transferred to Canley on the 26th of July 1978. It remained at Canley until the 3rd of April 1980. During this time it was registered to Mr D.F. Hawkes of the Power Train division.
The car was sold by the factory at auction. It was then offered for sale by the Triumph used car centre at Minicar Mart (London LTD) in Watford, who sold it to a Mr Bernard Jeffrey Felman who was the first private owner living in London.