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Lot 142: Triumph TR4

Carfest North Pride & Joy Auction, Silverstone Auctions (4 August 2013)

The Triumph TR4 was introduced in 1961 to follow its very successful predecessors, the TR2 and TR3. Code named 'Zest' during development, the body was given a more modern and updated appearance by Michelotti but its drive train and chassis remained the same using the well proven four cylinder pushrod unit, however its capacity was increased from 1991cc to 2138cc. Handling was improved by a three inch wider track and steering was also updated to the more modern and precise rack and pinion system. Internally the car gained wind-up windows and the new angular rear end allowed for a boot with a very reasonable luggage capacity for a sports car. Another innovation was the option of an alloy hard top with a removable roof panel that was five years ahead of Porsche's famous 911 Targa. 40,235 cars were built between 1961 and 1965 and over the years this car has become one of Triumphs most popular sports cars. This TR4 was originally exported to the dry state of California. It returned to Europe in the 1980s and was brought back to the UK by the last owner in 2009. It received an extensive service (�1,200) last year. This included an engine rebalance, new brake callipers, discs and pads. Included in the sale is an aluminium Surrey hard-top, soft-top and spare wheel. This TR4 is a lovely useable example with great character. Original sports modifications include an uprated distributor, twin Webers and a sports exhaust, which delivers a superb soundtrack. She has rare Triumph globe hubcaps, which are not easy to come across these days. The car has been garaged for the majority of its life and the body work is rust free and in good condition. There is some minor paint damage from transporting the vehicle years ago, but this is very minor and does not detract from the general quality of the paintwork and body. Offered at a most realistic estimate, TR4s are certainly a model on the up and up.

Lot Details
Auction Carfest North Pride & Joy Auction
Silverstone Auctions, Oulton Park, Cheshire
TypeCar
Lot Number142
Estimate£12000-£14000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1962
Condition rating2
Registration number874XUM
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders4
Number of doors