Lot 353 - 1968 Triumph TR5 PI *WITHDRAWN*
|Odometer reading||115,743 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £38,000|
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.
This superb example is backed up by a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate confirming its credentials as a righthand drive, home market car. It is reported that Classic Car Restorations Ltd of Newport Pagnell restored the car and the quality of the work undertaken speaks for itself. The body was removed and the restoration is described as a 'chassis-up' process. The interior has been up-rated from plastic door cappings and dash to deep varnished wood, the hood, tonneau and hood-bag are now mohair items and the wheels and tyres and all new. Complete with handbook and MoT test certificate valid until July, 2015, this extremely desirable example now reflects the prices these spirited sportscars are now commanding.
DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THIS LOT HAS HAD TO BE WITHDRAWN.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.