1968 Triumph TR5

 1968 Triumph TR5

1968 Triumph TR5

Registration RTX 899F
Chassis Number CP598
Engine Number CP511E
Starting Bid £32,000

The TR5 was built for a 13-month period between August 1967 and September 1968 in Coventry, England. Visually identical to the Michelotti styled TR4, the TR5 hid the main differences under the body. The most significant change was the 2.5-litre straight-six fuel-injected engine developing around 150bhp and which was carried forward to the TR6. At the time, fuel injection was uncommon in road cars. Triumph claimed in their sales brochure that it was the 'First British production sports car with petrol injection'. This engine could propel the TR5 from 0-50 mph in just 6.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 125mph. Standard equipment included front disc brakes, independent rear suspension, rack and pinion steering and a four speed gearbox. The available optional extras included overdrive, wire wheels and a hard top with detachable roof panel - known as the Surrey Top.

The TR250, built during the same period for the North American market, was nearly identical to the TR5. But, because of price pressures and emission regulations, the TR250 was fitted with twin Zenith-Stromberg carburettors rather than the Lucas fuel injection system and should not be confused with the far more desirable injection model.

Supplied with a British Heritage certificate, this righthand drive (home-market) car is still in its correct and original colours but has benefited from a complete nut and bolt restoration by Lenham Motor Company over the last two years. It is described by the vendor as ten out of ten in all respects and can be driven away as its MoT certificate is valid until April next year.

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