5k: Loony Labor Day: 1980 Triumph TR7

Welcome back to DT’s annual end of summer tradition of featuring the craziest cars for
sale on the web, a segment we like to call Loony Labor Day. To qualify as a Loony Labor day entry, the
cars will be insane, or the seller will be nuts…or maybe even the
buyers.  For 2014, our first feature is this 1980 Triumph TR7 custom currently bidding for $6,000 reserve-not-met with about a day to go on eBay, located in Sprague, WA.

This car comes from the joy of using the wildcard “custom” when searching on eBay.  It is the automotive equivalent of lifting up paving stones in a cool autumn day and recoiling in horror at the poly-legged creepy crawlers you unearth from the ground.  Those nightmare inducing creatures you found as a kid aren’t gone, they’ve just moved to eBay under the term “custom”…don’t do it…just sayin.

This thing started life as a Triumph TR7, but it has been rebodied, not in lightweight fiberglass, but with anvil hammered steel, so the doorstop shaped car should have no problem holding open the door at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories that contains the Rotating Target Neutron Source-II.  The world’s heaviest door would need the world’s heaviest doorstop to keep it ajar.

Just about everything is custom in this monster and instead of the typical list of parts/components/specs, this seller just says that everything is new or custom.  At least we know it has a 4.3 liter Vortec V6 mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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DT’s graphics artist and anvil fan Kaibeezy hacked up the following composite to give you an idea of what this TR7 would look like in a few different colors.