For those who want
something different, but don't want the plastic look that comes with
some of the wilder Grinnall conversions, how about this one-off? It
is completely unique and unlike most body kits this has been fabricated
from metal, rather than fibre-glass. And it knocks spots off the F40-replica
From the front - with a lack of bumper - the vehicle doesn't look that
different from the LeMans
entrant developed by ADA/Janspeed. But after that? Well what can
you say? The rear-end is very radical. This won't be to everyone's taste
but you cannot deny that it is very eyecatching and would
provoke much discussion. The matt-black finish adds to the aggresive
look of the vehicle - could this TR7v8 be the closest thing to a 'rat'
car that the wedge is likely to get? The 'rat' car is generally a powerful
vehicle, finished in a dull, lustreless, black paint that sounds loud
and goes like stink!
So is it loud? With twin, straight through, exhausts and cherry bombs
on the back it can certainly be classed as loud! If you've neighbours
that wake you up early, or keep you awake late, maybe you can get your
revenge! Does it go? With a 3.5l v8 pushing out around 200 horses, I
think we can comfortably say it would go - there'll be faster TR7v8's
out there but with 200bhp on tap I think you'd find there's enough power
to give you an interesting drive.
The car itself left the Speke factory sometime in 1976 or early 77,
however there's been a bit of mix n match over the years as evidenced
by a tartan trim seats - which
would suggest a little taste of Canley in there somewhere.
In early July 2004 this car was for sale on Ebay UK - with the reserve
not met the owner was open to offers and, at the time of putting this
page together, he was hoping to negotiate a sale with one of two interested
parties. The car did need finishing off and a bit of work for the MOT
was required but nothing major and certainly nothing that would cause
too much hassle for the home mechanic.
Thanks to Tony for the pictures (larger
images here) and info - I hope you get a good price! If anyone is
interested in the vehicle contact
me in the first instance and I will pass on your details.