1967 Triumph TR5 - Official Press Car - FOR SALE
19th December 2018
1967 TRIUMPH TR5 – OFFICIAL PRESS CAR REGISTERED BY STANDARD TRIUMPH FOR SALE WITH H&H CLASSICS
Most sought-after of the Michelotti / Karmann-styled Triumph sports roadsters is the third of its kind built
This charming 1967 Triumph TR5 will be sold by H&H Classics at their next Duxford sale on March 20th for an estimate of £30,000 to £40,000. The third of its kind built it is the most sought-after of the Michelotti / Karmann-styled Triumph sports roadsters.
Chassis number CP40 a RHD car was built with the UK market in mind and has matching numbers, original number plate, and with the BMIHT certificate present. It was registered by Standard Triumph as an official Press car and authenticated by TR specialist Bill Piggot.
Built for just 13 months, 1967-'68, the TR5 is the most sought-after of the Michelotti / Karmann-styled Triumph sports roadsters, combining the most elegant early looks with all-independent suspension and the best engine. Optional extras included overdrive, wire wheels and the Surrey Top, with detachable roof panel.
Visually identical to the Michelotti-styled TR4, the TR5 hid its main differences under the body, and the most significant of these was the engine, the first British production sports car unit to feature petrol injection. The 2498cc straight-six used Lucas' new indirect injection system to develop 150bhp. Motor magazine recorded 8.3 seconds from 0-60mph and a top speed of 117mph when it tested a TR5 in May 1968. This engine was carried forward to the TR6, with the TR4/5 centre section cleverly 'topped and tailed' by Karmann to create an all-new looking model, the TR6.
But it's the TR5 that aficionados seek out as the most attractive and collectible of the series. Only 1,161 were built for the British market, against almost 8,500 carburettor-fuelled TR250s for America.
Roger Nowell of H&H Classics says: “If you want a very rare British sports roadster this car ticks all the boxes. The third of its kind built and reserved for press use it was driven by the people who helped make its reputation what it was. And it is now one of the most collectable and sought after TR5s.”