The Triumph Slant-Four engine in this car displaced 1,998 cc and was rated at 88.5 horsepower (yes, British Leyland claimed that extra half-horse for their US-market cars, rather than rounding down). This engine was the basis for the Saab B and Saab H engines, which powered everything from the Saab 99 through the 9-5, meaning the Slant-Four design stayed in production nearly into our current decade. Since the 1980 TR7 convertible weighed just 2,505 pounds, the car was quick enough to be fun ... when Joe Lucas, Prince of Darkness permitted.
This example is a hopelessly unrestorable hooptie, complete with a partial red rattlecan paint job that covered the taillight lenses and an interior that was left exposed to the elements for at least 10 years prior to the car's final tow-truck ride to this place. Still, we can imagine the optimism of the car's original owner, cruising top-down in the West Coast sunshine.
A bold, slashing wedge, with a bold, slashing price!
Wedge-shaped doghouses, picture frames, and televisions were all the rage back then, if we are to believe this ad.