1976 TR7 FHC, pimento red. OEV 7P, chassis no ACG97.
Registered on the day the TR7 was released on the UK market this car is probably the oldest UK spec car still on the road. The UK spec cars (as opposed to pre production prototypes) were numbered from ACG 36 onwards. This was therefore the 62nd production car to be built for the UK and it was bought by BL dealer Mann Egerton for use as a demonstrator. It is finished in Pimento red with black cord interior.
It has all the items unique to the early cars;-
1. Large fuel filler. (up to 1978 model year shell)
2. Satin black rear light panel.(up to 1978 model year shell)
3. Small black wheel centre covers.(up to ACG 13001)
4. Elasticated pockets in the B post covers.
5 Map light fitted to the rear bulkhead panel between the seats.
6 Interior light fitted in the headlining near the rear windscreen.
7 Carburettor air intake with two pipes feeding cool air from the front of the car.
8 Early type fuel filler pipe cover in the boot so no bulkhead cover in the boot.
9 Black cord interior with vinyl door cards.(up to ACG 13001)
10 Four speed gearbox, five speed gearbox and automatic were options from October 1976.
11 Steel BL badge on the lower half of the front wing, unique to cars built before January 1977.
Some of the above are also fitted to the 1977/78 Speke built cars.
A description of TDF 711R, our 1977 New white 4 speed car will follow shortly, pointing out the changes from 1976 to 1977.
The 1977 March 1977 onwards ACG 30001 to ACG35001 cars had similar specification to the 1976 model, with only a few changes:-
1 Still fitted with the large filler cap.
2 Satin black rear light panel.
3 Silver painted plastic full wheel covers.
4 Elasticated pockets in the B post covers.
5 Maplight fitted to the rear bulkhead cover between the seats.
6 Interior light fitted in the centre of the headlining near the rea window.
7 Carburettor air intake with two pipes feeding air from the front of the car.
8 Early type fuel filler cover in the boot, so no bulkhead cover in the boot.
9 Red or green tartan cloth seats and door panels.
10 Four speed gearbox fitted as standard. Five speed option deleted.
11 No BL badges fitted to the front wings.
12 Slightly lowered suspension.
Specification for the 1978 cars S/T registration ACG35001 to ACG44328 (the last car built at Speke in May 1978)
1 Now fitted wth the smaller filler cap, changed to allow the hood to be fitted on the forthcoming convertible.
2 Body coloured rear panel.
3 Silver painted full wheel covers.
4 Interior lights now fitted in the door cards.
5 Carburettor air intake with twoo pipes feeding air from the front of the car.
6 Later type fuel filler cover in the boot, there is also now a Hardura cover on the rear bulkhead.
7 Red or green tartan cloth seats and door panels.
8 Four speed gearbox fitted as standard withe the option of five speed.
Here are our two TR7 FHCs, on the left is XFP 530Y, a very late Solihull built car, its finished in Bordeaux red metallic with the tan check interior. Its chassis num,ber is 06869 which means it is approximately 150 from the last FHC built. Now back on the road after 2 years in storage.
On the right is OEV 7P, this is a very early Speke built car its chassis number is ACG 97, it was registered on the day the car was announced in the UK, 17/03/76. It is finished in Pimento red with black broadcord interior.