[TR] Pre production TR8s
McGaheyRx at aol.com
Tue Jan 6 13:31:38 MST 2015
Yes, there were such animals and they are very well documented. There is a TWOA member who maintains a list of all known surviving coupes and a wealth of information is available.
Generally, and off the top of my head, there were 2 production runs of preproduction coupes - 1 small run in early 1977 with VINs ACNX - ACNXX, and another larger run later in 1977 with VINs ACN10xx - ACN1xxx.
Ted Schumacher owns ACN1 and brought it to the 2014 VTR Convention - his son (I think) has ACN2 and I have ACN3 and ACN1049. I have a lot of documentation that came with ACN3 including a letter that lists a number of preproduction coupes sold by Triumph in 1980 - i.e. a number of preproduction coupes were held by the company for a couple of years and never went to dealers. ACN1049 was originally sold by a dealer in Birmingham. I don't think any of the ACN cars originally had "TR8" on them anywhere. I believe there were other TR8 coupes made a bit later with prefix TCN but I don't think those were considered "pre-production"
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> On Jan 6, 2015, at 9:08 AM, Joe Burlein <floridatr6 at cfl.rr.com> wrote:
> Does anyone have an "official" information about pre production TR8 convertibles? Were there really such animals? I know they had coupes but I haven't heard about a "dealer only" version for sales demos until recently. Curious if it is true and if so if there is any serial number info available.
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