Triumph TR7

TRIUMPH AND CRAYFORD

 

There was only one Triumph Crayford and that was the TR7 Estate project, which was commissioned by Page Motors of Epsom. They funded the prototype, a yellow fixed head TR7 sportscar, converted by Crayford into a three-door estate car. It was called the Tracer, after it’s bullet shaped profile, it was exhibited at the Motor Show, and despite grabbing lots of press and public attention, failed to attract a single order. Page Motors, a Triumph main dealer, had hoped to sell hundreds of TR7 Crayford estates, but it was not to be and the show car remained a one-off. Its downfall despite its stunning looks was to do with the fact that it had virtually no space to carry anything, if you had golf clubs you where better off with a booted car or a convertible.

The car ended up with the secretary of the TR7 club and was re-sprayed in red.

Rather oddly, a bit later in 1986 Volvo would make an almost identical concept sports estate called the Volvo 480 ES and sold over 80,400 units.

Other websites will tell you about another Crayford Triumph, the Stag Estate, but it is only a myth, Crayford never made any such car, although they did consider the project, they even had a name for the proposed Stag estate, 'The Staghound'. A white Triumph Stag was delivered to Crayford for assessment, they thought it was awful, and poorly built. When the electrics failed they opened up the facia to find bare wires twisted together, no attempt at using proper connecters, no wonder the windows were renowned for being erratic. Crayford had heard rumours that the Stag was getting a bad reliability record from new, and decided not to attempt an estate stag, giving the car back as it was given to them. There were a couple of factory Stag fastback prototypes built by Leyland which should not be confused as the Stag Estate.

Client Section