Lot 216 - 1965 Triumph TR4A
|Chassis Number||CTC 519220|
|Engine Number||CT 51948E|
|Odometer reading||33,948 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,160|
We are pleased to offer this 1965 Triumph TR4A, presented in Signal Red with matching red interior. This particular car was first registered on 9th April 1965, making it a very early example of the model. The TR4A replaced the TR4 in March 1965 as a more sophisticated marque than its predecessor. Externally there was little difference apart from a revised grille, side indicators and badging. However, the chassis was radically re-designed to incorporate an independent rear suspension set up. The giveaway was the attitude of the rear wheels; the TR4A now having an all around independent suspension was advanced for sports cars of this class, which made its competitors, such as the MGB and the Austin Healey, look archaic.
Purchased in 2012 by the current owner, EUO 895C has undergone some sympathetic renovation with the intention of maintaining a look and feel of originality. Prior to purchase, the engine was overhauled in 2010 and importantly includes an unleaded cylinder head and a stainless steel exhaust system. In addition, a recent clutch, telescopic rear damper and alternator conversion, that assists in todays traffic conditions, have been added. Between 2012 and 2013 further care was taken to maintain the coachwork; the wings were removed and the inner and outer sill sections replaced, with special care being taken to the alignment of the doors. The rest of the body and chassis were found to be in good order, as might be seen by the photographic record of these works, stored on a CD, within the history file.
On inspection, the coachwork presents very well and is complemented by the recently overhauled and powder-coated wheels plus a new set of Vredestein tyres to house them. The interior boasts a walnut dashboard and a set of inertia seat belts are fitted, with the seats and door cards still the originals in line with the vendor's wishes to maintain the feel of a factory car. The mohair hood is in very good order with the additional benefit of a tonneau cover when the hood is stowed. On a recent test, the car started easily and performed well, with good oil pressure and the overdrive operating as it should in third and fourth gears. A large history files accompanies this 4A with bills totaling in the region of £12,000 between 2012 and 2013. An MoT test certificate valid until August 2016 also resides within the file along with its UK V5C registration document.
This is an early UK-supplied righthand drive Triumph TR4A that still retains the looks and feel of a car in period, without its soul being restored out of it, a fact that is hard to find these days.