Lot 227 - 1968 Triumph TR5 Competition
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,160|
The Triumph TR5 was manufactured for just 13 months, from August 1967 through to September 1968 and is the most sought-after of the Michelotti /Karmann-styled Triumph sports roadsters and 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. 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.
This competition TR5 has won five TR Register Sprint and hill-climb championships, the most recent being the 2014 season, achieved by the current owner of this outstanding example. The specification of this TR5 is as follows; 2.7 litre six-cylinder engine built in 2008 with steel con-rods, forged pistons and the crankshaft was tuftrided as well as balanced. Triple Weber 45 DCOE carburettors are fitted, as is a six into one exhaust manifold that complies with MSA noise requirements. The engine has been rebuilt this year with new bearings and a Classic Racecraft camshaft producing 210bhp at the flywheel. A lightweight starter motor and alternator are fitted in addition to an aluminium radiator. The transmission is a close ratio (A-Type) with rapid engagement and a Revington logic box. The gearbox and overdrive unit were rebuilt in 2011, all this is mated to a Quaife limited slip differential with a 4.3 ratio. The net result of the investment into YXC 799F is this is a fantastically competitive car, presented in excellent order. Road legal and supplied with a V5 registration document together with an MSA logbook and MoT test certificate valid until August 2015. A highly desirable model in its own right, this Triumph TR5 is available at a mere fraction of the cost it would take to build such a stunning car.