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Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 41

1964 Triumph TR4
The Subject of a Full 'Body Off Chassis' Photographic Restoration

Sold for £32,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: APH 547B
Chassis No: CT9457
MOT: Exempt

  • The subject of a full 'body off chassis' photographic restoration, carried out by marque specialists TR Bitz
  • Finished in Old English White with contrasting red leather trim
  • Current ownership since 1998
  • A desirable, home-market RHD example

Produced between 1961 and 1967, the TR4 combined a new, modern and aggressive body design by famed Italian stylist, Giovanni Michelotti with the basic chassis of the previous TR3A. The TR4 also improved passenger comfort with wind-up windows, face-level ventilation and an optional hardtop. The 2138cc engine of the late-production TR3A continued while the 1991cc engine was also made available to buyers who wanted to participate in two-litre racing. When equipped with the optional overdrive, the TR4 was good for a top speed of almost 110mph. Today, the four-cylinder TR's are among the easiest of post-war classic sports cars to own and maintain being supported by a multitude of component suppliers and other specialists.

This delightful Triumph had a significant amount of time and financial investment carried out on her at the expense of the former custodian - commercial airline pilot and serial Triumph collector Peter Herzberg. 'APH 547B' was purchased in 1993 requiring much TLC and the services of respected Triumph TR2-6 specialists TR Bitz of Cheshire were utilised. John Sykes and his team set to work carrying out a full and comprehensive restoration during 1993 - 1995, with attention paid to all mechanical components and the aesthetics. A photographic album accompanies the car showing it at the various stages of the project and invoices supporting the enormous amount of work carried out are also evident.

Purchased by the current owner and vendor through TR Bitz in the Summer of 1998, the Cheshire-based firm have been responsible for maintaining the roadster ever since, including most-recently the replacement of the clutch in 2020. Only offered for sale due to the purchase of a contemporary Porsche 911 Targa, 'APH 457B' has been stored within a heated garage since its purchase and used only sparingly for local events when the sun was shining. Despite the comprehensive restoration work having been carried out more than two decades ago, the vendor confirms the structural and mechanical condition to be excellent. Inside, the red leather interior compliments the exterior wonderfully and is also reported as being in excellent condition - a credit to the quality of the work carried out and fastidious mindset of the last two custodians.

This 1962 right-hand drive example was one of just 2,592 built for the home market and retains its original registration number - it's offered with a comprehensive history file that includes a V5C, large quantity of invoices and previous MOT certificates, a reprint owners manual and other sundry paperwork dating back to the late 1980s.

Well-maintained TR4s are great, usable British classics and this example presents extremely well in a wonderful colour combination. Ready to enjoy, 'APH 457B' demands a close look for anyone seeking a practical and stylish restored sports car that couldn't be replicated for even a fraction of the guide price.

For more information, please contact:
Adam Sykes


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