Lot 241 - 1968 Triumph TR5

Lot 241 - 1968 Triumph TR5

Lot 241 - 1968 Triumph TR5

Lot Number 241
Registration NOW868F
Chassis Number CP/ 2267
Engine Number CP/ 2867
Odometer reading 32,851 miles
Estimate £34,000 - £37,500
Result Sold - £33,600

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, 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 2,498cc straight-six used Lucas' new indirect injection system to develop 150bhp. It's the TR5 that aficionados seek out as the most attractive and collectible of the series.

Supplied with a British Heritage certificate, this righthand drive (home-market) car comes with the desirable extras of overdrive and wire wheels. It is in its correct and original colour of Wedgwood Blue with a black interior and left the factory on May 20th 1968 to be delivered to dealers, Sparshatts of Southampton. The previous, long term, owner purchased the car fifteen years ago and carried out some restoration work to the car, including the fitment of a new clutch as well as a gearbox and overdrive unit overhaul in 2001, since when the car has covered an average of only 500 miles each year. The car is presented in excellent order with very good panel fit. There is a substantial history file with the car which includes previous MoT test certificates, copies of previous V5 registration certificates and a number of invoices. Prospective buyers should be aware that at some point in the car's history there has been an engine change and that the odometer stopped working at 32,851 miles.This rare and desirable Triumph comes with an MoT test certificate valid until September 2015 and a V5C registration certificate has been applied for.

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.

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