International Trophy Sale 2013

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1962 Triumph TR4

Lot No.: 341

Registration: SFF369
Chassis Number: CT/15494-L
Engine Number: CT/15533-E
Number of cylinders: 4
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Sold for (£): Unsold

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.

Finished in the original colour combination of Spa White with black interior, this charming TR4 has undergone significant expenditure over the last 20 years. The Heritage Certificate confirms chassis number CT/15494-L was built on 10th October 1962 for North American export. Optional extras including hard top, disc wheels, heater and sun visors!

Returning to England in the 1990s, the car underwent a ground up restoration over a number of years. There are photographs and invoices for works completed at every stage of the rebuild. An engine rebuild and significant bodywork labour costs are detailed in the extensive history file. Mechanically, this TR4 has been prepared to fast-road specification. The standard TR4 developed approximately 105bhp, however, the owner states that this example produces closer to 125bhp with the help of an efficient exhaust system, fast cam and high port cylinder head. The engine bay also features a Kenlowe fan for improved cooling. Furthermore, the beautiful lines of this TR4 are exposed with the removal of the bumpers, giving the car a more aggressive and purposeful stance.

Supplied with an MoT test certificate until July 2013, SFF 369 is ready for action this summer.