Prototype 3500 V8 Saloon

Prototype 3500 V8 Saloon

Factory V8 prototype saloon using TR8 running gear

This is one of four cars that we own that was originally built as a PE166 engine (later became the SD1 2,600cc straight six) or 2000 MkIII development shells, only this one is fitted with TR8 engine and 5 speed gearbox.

V8 Saloon at JOG on the 2004 RBRR

Built we are told as a painted and trimmed shell ready to go into the MkIII development program along with at least 30 other special 'off tools' shells this one got sidelined and ended up in TR8 development work. These cars were useful for all sorts of special work with their enlarged engine bays virtually anything would fit in, we have examples fitted with PE166 engines and 5 speed, 16 valve TR7 and 5 speed, 'normal' Triumph straight 6 prototype engine, and the V8 car here. We also have the remnants of a 5th car that was unfortunately banger raced before we could rescue it.

RBRR 2004

This car is to be our 2004 Round Britain Reliability Run entry.

Life On Mars (again)

Also appeared (very briefly!) in an episode of Life On Mars. After a whole days filming in Manchester the only way I can see the V8 in the particular episode it appears in is to freeze frame the DVD!

I hate electronic ignition!

MKIII V8 shares car park with famous Spitfire.
 

We taxed the V8 for 6 months (the only car we own that we have to pay the rent on!) during the 'summer' and used it on and off up until the end of November. Nothing much to report on this year regarding work on the car as it went straight through the MOT after a rear wheel cylinder change, and was subsequently 100% reliable (or 110% as they say on X factor).
That was up until the week before I was due to bring it back into work and put it to bed for the winter. Pulling off the drive at home it suddenly died, and refused to start. I've isolated it to the ignition module in the distributor which I had problems with a couple of years ago. My experience with electronic ignitions of all types is not a happy one, they have proven to be one of the most unreliable areas of my Triumph driving history over the years. The V8 is the last car we own that still relies on the devils work to get a spark to the cylinders. I might investigate swapping the distributor for an earlier points & condenser P6 unit in an effort to improve reliability in the future. Meanwhile it sits in the garage at home in disgrace waiting for me to fix it which might take a while as I don't work on cars at home, ever!