European LHD TR8's (PED) 

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If you think about it logically you’ll appreciate that if Triumph were going to launch the car in the UK then they would have also launched in Europe as well. Following on from that logic you’d expect a pilot run similar to the UK cars and you’d be right except that in this case Triumph had an easier time in that they were able to use the cars already built for the USA and Canada as they were already LHD. In addition they already had a small customer base for these cars in the form of USA/Canadian forces and diplomats serving in Europe. In 1981 Solihull built 39 Personal Export Derivative (PED) TR8’s most of which were shipped to mainland Europe

All of these cars are based on a 49 spec TR8 (basic federal variant without AC as standard) and all were supplied to either US/CAN service personnel or Diplomats entitled to tax free cars based in Europe.

 

Tax free bill of sale

    

Tax free service book

 

 In 1981 Solihull built the following 39 Personal Export Derivative (PED) TR8’s:

Number

Spec

Built

Paint

Colour

Trim

Location

Original Reg

Reg Now

Build Record

Actual Car

                     40699898

PED

28 JUL 81

CCK

BORDEAUX RED

AMG

 

 

 

   

                           407110110

PED

30 JUL 81

JMW

PERSIAN AQUA

JMN

 

 

 

   

4071211

PED

17 AUG 81

CDE

CARMELIAN RED

JMN

 

 

 

   

407456

PED

27 AUG 81

NME

ERMINE WHITE

JMN

 

 

 

   

407462

PED

20 AUG 81

NME

ERMINE WHITE

AMG

USA

LOC615X

Not Known

 

40746767

PED

20 AUG 81

NME

ERMINE WHITE

JMN

USA

 

 

   

407473

PED

13 AUG 81

NME

ERMINE WHITE

AMG

 

 

 

   

407478407478

PED

13 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

Germany

LOC620X

Not Known

 

407484407484

PED

14 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

 

 

 

   

4074957495

PED

17 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

 

 

 

   

407500500

PED

14 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

USA

 

 

   

40751111

PED

13 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

USA

 

 

   

407524407524

PED

14 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

England

LOC602X

JRV459X

 

407529529

PED

14 AUG 81

NME

ERMINE WHITE

JMN

 

 

 

   

407535407535

PED

18 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

England

 

OAV576W

 

4075407540

PED

25 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

 

 

 

   

4075466

PED

18 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

 

 

 

   

4075522

PED

17 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

USA

 

 

   

407563407563

PED

19 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

England

 

MVP???X

 

40757474

PED

18 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

 

 

 

   

407585407585

PED

27 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

England

LOC685X

LOC685X

 

407596596

PED

19 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

USA

 

 

   

407603

PED

19 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

USA

 

 

   

407609407609

PED

22 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

England

LOC238X

LOC238X238X

40761414

PED

19 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

USA

 

 

   

407620

PED

20 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

 

 

 

   

4076255

PED

19 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

USA

 

 

   

407631407631

PED

27 AUG 81

MME

SILVER LEAF

JMN

USA

 

 

 

4076699

PED

1 SEP 81

CMV

MONZA RED

AMG

 

 

 

   

4076744

PED

24 AUG 81

CMV

MONZA RED

AMG

 

 

 

   

407708

PED

4 SEP 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

 

 

 

   

407714407714

PED

26 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

 

 

 

   

4077255

PED

27 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

Holland

 

Not Known

   

407736

PED

27 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

 

 

 

   

4077422

PED

28 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

 

 

 

   

407747

PED

28 AUG 81

GMD

CASHMERE GOLD

AMG

Germany

 

Not Known

   

4077699

PED

9 SEP 81

CMV

MONZA RED

AMG

 

 

 

   

407775775

PED

7 SEP 81

CMV

MONZA RED

AMG

 

 

 

   

 

1981 TR8 Euro Spec

 

 

Note the catalyst pack shown on the build record (LH) under extras and also on the bill of sale (RH) as an extra. On standard USA/Canadian TR8 build records cats are not shown as an extra.

 

 

As you can see above quite a few of these cars have remained in Europe. What’s also interesting about these cars is that they were all registered in the UK first before being driven onto ferries for individual delivery to their new owners in Europe. All of these cars were exported / registered by:

Rover Hire Ltd or sometimes Tax Free Sales - (always the same address)

Lillie Hall,

Seagrove Road,

London,

SW6 1SF

 

Free service voucher showing Tax Free Sales as the Heading where as the VX1 below shows Rover Hire Ltd - Note Voucher and VX1 are from different PED TR8's.

All (that are known to me) were given a LOC???X registration number as a temporary DVLC (form VX1) skeletal record prior to their departure from the UK – as can be seen from the records above some still carry the original number largely because current/previous owners either bought the car from a USA/Canadian service person before they went back home or the UK plates were still with the car and the owner was able to apply for a conversion of skeleton vehicle record to full record (DVLC form VX2). In some cases cars have been brought back from the states without the new owner knowing the car had a previous UK registration number thus they now have different registration numbers.

    

            VX1                        VX2

Because these were all personal exports, type approval wasn’t required although it did exist for RHD UK spec cars (see below), so some of these cars have very late experimental parts (which were used up at the end of production) – my own LOC238X has a 35DM (35DE is the standard) distributor with the coil fitted to inner wing as well as two others that I know of. Also some cars are equipped with the UK leaded fuel filler as opposed to the smaller unleaded filler and others have horizontal striped velour in the door panels as opposed to the more normal vertical.

       

A type approval for a RHD UK Spec TR8 was sorted out!

An interesting quirk is that all of the PED cars I've seen so far have a different set of chassis letters (number remains the same) in the boot/trunk rain gutter. This is the European non USA/Canada check digit system, for the example below I've used my own car LOC238X.

    SATTPVDV8BA407609

The chassis number on the plate in the window and on the chassis plate in the door is SATPV458XBA407609

In addition the SATPV458XBA407609 chassis number appears stamped (very poorly) round the LH suspension turret

Whether some of these features are purely PED quirks or last of the line quirks I don't as yet have enough data to confirm.

While not the same 100% conclusive conclusion as for the RHD UK spec 8’s (it says home market on the build records) these cars are non-the less a spec on their own only sold in Europe so must therefore be the European LHD spec 8!