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1961 Triumph TR4

Lot No.: 302

Registration: HOD426E
Chassis Number: CT1795
Engine Number: CT18196E
Number of cylinders: 4
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Sold for (£): 18,515

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 4 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 stunning early TR4 is finished in one of the best colour combinations of Signal Red with black leather interior. The car is presented in fine condition and has benefited from recent expenditure from the current owner. Originally supplied new on 14th December 1961 to the Standard Triumph Motor Company, Los Angeles, the Heritage Certificate confirms factory fitted equipment of heater, Michelin X tyres, windscreen washers and even details the ship that the car was transported on, the 'Bataan' out of Kingston-upon-Hull.  

The current owner purchased the car from respected marque specialist Robin Lawton and was informed that HOD426E made its way to Malta in the mid 1960s and eventually found its way back to British shores in January 1967, as indicated by the registration document. Supplied with a large number of old MoT test certificates and receipts from marque specialists detailing expenditure over the years. The current owner has spent in excess of £4,000 recently and consequently, the car is in fine working order and is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner for sunny adventures.