1965 Triumph TR4ASOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Sold: €17,678

During the Fifties Triumph's TR2 and TR3 sports cars proved immensely popular, both on the road and track, thanks to the right combination of ruggedness, performance, simplicity and pricing. With the arrival of the TR4 the formula continued, the car using a similarly robust chassis with independent coil spring/wishbone front suspension and a live, leaf-sprung rear axle. The body, however, designed by Michelotti, was all new with sleeker styling and full-height doors with wind-up windows.

Power came from the 2,138cc four cylinder engine that had been optional on the TR3A. Producing 100bhp and 1271b.ft of torque, it enabled the TR4 to reach 60mph in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 110mph with optional overdrive. The four speed gearbox with synchromesh on first gear was also new, as was rack and pinion steering, which with the more rigid chassis provided even better road holding and handling than the TR3.

In March 1965 the TR4 was replaced by the TR4A, distinguishable by a new grille, side indicators and wing/door-mounted chrome flashes. Underneath, however, an all-new chassis incorporated independent rear suspension; a novelty in its class, it employed semi-trailing arms/coil springs and lever arm dampers, while at the front the geometry was revised, the combination providing even better road holding.

Courtesy of a new camshaft and exhaust system, power for the TR4A rose to 104bhp at 4,700rpm with 1321b.ft of torque at 3,000rpm.

Imported from the USA to Europe the car has remained in Holland for the last 12/ 13 years. Both the body, finished in red, and the chassis have received restoration work, while the black interior remains largely original with the exception of re trimmed seats and dash top. The vendor describes the car as in good order throughout and the car is supplied with the correct Dutch registration papers.

Reference Number 5537

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1965 Triumph TR4A
VIN CT 36582L