Lot 41 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £21,375
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: 1771 UK
Chassis No: CT5580-O
Mot Expiry: Aug 2020
- The subject of a bare metal re-spray to the original colour
- Said to be in 'excellent' mechanical and structural condition
- Offered with original registration and Heritage certificate
When the Triumph TR4 was released in 1961, it not only offered a new Michelotti- designed body, but also a raft of practical improvements over the old TR3. Gone were the flimsy 'side curtains', replaced by sensible wind-up windows, the cabin size was increased, rack and pinion steering added and the track was widened, improving handling. Under the bonnet, the Standard inline four-cylinder engine was carried over from the TR3 but with capacity increased to 2,138cc, providing a healthy 104bhp and a top speed of over 100mph which is still enough to entertain amongst modern traffic. The result is now regarded as one of the great British sports cars.
This 1962 right-hand drive example was one of just 2,592 built for the home market and retains its unusual original registration number. The vendor states it is in excellent structural and mechanical condition, and it has reportedly benefitted from a bare-metal respray in the original blue paintwork with white piping which they describe as being in excellent condition. Inside, the blue leather interior compliments the exterior and is also reported as being in excellent condition.
The four-speed manual gearbox benefits from synchromesh on all forward gears and was fitted with the desirable overdrive option at the factory. The matching numbers engine and gearbox are described as 'excellent' and show just over 10,600 miles on the odometer; the car comes with a history file that includes the original log book, a V5C, and a Heritage Certificate.
Well-maintained TR4s are great, usable British classics and this example presents extremely well in a wonderful colour combination. Complete with an MOT (with no advisories) until August 2020, it is ready to enjoy and demands a close look for anyone seeking a practical and stylish sports car.