Lot 306 - 1968 Triumph TR5 (Surrey Top)
|Odometer reading||47,100 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £41,440|
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.
Described by the vendor as in very good condition throughout, this TR5 has been extensively rebuilt over the last three years and has recently been put back into regular use with MoT to May 2016. The car had been in storage since the early 1980's until it was acquired in late 2012. The car has received a full body off repaint in its original Valencia Blue, It comes with a Heritage Certificate and benefits from a stainless steel exhaust system, Bosch fuel pump conversion (including wiring upgrade), electronic ignition, overdrive on two, three & four, stainless-steel bumpers, completely rebuilt brakes and nearly new tyres. There are photographs detailing the work carried out and several thousand pounds worth of receipts to substantiate the work done to re-commission the car over the vendor's ownership. The wheels are about to be replaced with brand new chrome items and, of course, this fine-looking TR5 sports the, now extremely scarce, Surrey-Top.
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