Lot 52 (Chateau Impney, 10th July 2016)
Sold for £26,438
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: BGH707B
Chassis No: CT325750
Mot Expiry: Aug 2016
The very smartly-presented, right-hand drive 'home market' example on offer was subject to a ground up restoration some two years ago, at a cost well in excess of £25,000 for parts and labour. The work included a bare metal body and chassis repaint; new boot floor, passenger area rear panel, fuel tank, chassis brace, body mounts, axle brackets, engine and gearbox mounts, steering rack and bushes, wiring loom and brake and fuel lines. The braking system was completely overhauled with new master and slave cylinders and handbrake cables. The radiator, dynamo and propshaft were all reconditioned at a cost of £500. The four-cylinder OHV engine was overhauled and the cast iron cylinder head converted to function safely on unleaded fuel. A new four-into-one stainless exhaust system was also installed. During the restoration, close attention was paid to the cosmetic aspects of the car, which resulted in the fitting of new: chrome wire wheels, interior trim and carpets, windscreen and rubbers, hood, full tonneau cover, stainless steel bumpers, and front and rear lights. The body trims were all replaced with fresh items and a new Moto-Lita steering wheel and boss installed.
According to the Triumph's British Motor Industry Heritage Certificate, this TR was manufactured at the company's Coventry factory on April 29th 1964 and dispatched to Triumph dealers Beadle and Company of Mayfair, London on June 1st. The car still carries its original London registration number, while the Heritage Certificate confirms it to have left the factory equipped with the desirable overdrive transmission and finished in White, exactly as it's presented for sale today. It comes with a very substantial history file that includes: invoices; photographic record of the restoration; DVLA list of previous owners; the aforementioned Heritage Certificate; workshop manual; a valuation certificate dated July 2014 for the sum of £30,000; and 23 old MOT certificates, plus one valid to August 15th this year. The odometer currently displays an unwarranted 49,000 miles and the vendor classes the two-seater bodywork, paintwork, Red interior trim, 2.1-litre engine and four-speed manual gearbox as all being in 'excellent' order. What's not to like?!