Triumph TR8  Fixed Head Coupe

Manufactured1977
Original Registration NumberYRW 606S
Chassis NumberACN01040-UCA
Body NumberT000019CK
Original Engine Number13E00056
Development Engine NumberEXP255
Development Auto Gearbox NumberEXP2948
Body Colour AAERusset Brown
Trim Colour AAABeige Cord

Manufactured in August/September 1977 this genuine Factory built TR8 (or TR7V8 as it was originally known) was built to the standard TR8 FHC specification (see Heritage Certificate) but was retained by B.L. for development purposes. It was fitted with an experimental EFI engine and experimental automatic gearbox. The EFI equipment has been confirmed as experimental by a Lucas engineer who worked on the project. The experimental auto box may have been used to test the upgrades from the Borg Warner 35 to the '65. Many of the parts are pre-production and were further modified before full production commenced. The folding sunroof is of the Tudor- Webasto fabric type and although not factory fitted, it would have been a Unipart dealer fitting before the factory options became available in 1977. One interesting addition to the car was the fitting of a special windscreen with an integrated experimental radio aerial. Sadly, due to age, the windscreen cracked and has been replaced with a contemporary laminated screen. However, photographs of the original windscreen are available.

The car remained with B.L. until it was sold at the Measham closed auction on 7th August 1981 for £3750 with the speedometer reading 7063 miles. Although built to LHD USA specifications it has always remained in the UK. Its original registration number YRW 606S was changed to a Personalised Plate after being sold by B.L. On the resale of the car the number changed to XPF 557S and remained on the car until bought by the current owner who re-instated its original number.

The car has a recorded mileage of 45,000miles which is believed to be genuine, bearing in mind that it has spent long periods off the road. It was for sale at Gilberts of Ealing for an extended period of time (circa 1988) when the mileage was 36000 and the current owner who bought the car in 1998 from S & S Preparations, undertook a long term restoration from 1998 to 2009.

During this period the following were replaced:
Front nose panel, both door panels, petrol tank, brake and fuel lines and suspension units. In addition the seat covers, door and interior trim have been replaced but the floor carpet is original. Electrically, the E.C.U and Air Metering Unit were serviced together with the fuel injection system. The car was also the subject of a complete respray.

During 2009 the car was shown at the TRDC National and also at the N.E.C. in Birmingham. It was returned to storage in 2010 for economic reasons and was re-commissioned in 2017 for the TR8 Day at Gaydon.