Lot 168 - 1966 Triumph TR4A IRS
|Odometer reading||284 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,000|
Produced between 1961 and 1967, the Triumph TR4 combined a new, modern and aggressive body design by famed Italian stylist, Giovanni Michelotti, with the basic chassis of the previous TR3A. The TR4 also improved passenger comfort with wind-up windows, face-level ventilation and an optional hardtop. The 2138cc engine of the late-production TR3A continued while the 1991cc engine was also made available to buyers who wanted to participate in two-litre racing. When equipped with the optional overdrive, the TR4 was good for a top speed of almost 110mph. The TR4A debuted in 1965 and introduced an all-new independent rear suspension system (IRS), which provided exceptional rear-wheel camber control with excellent wheel travel while softer springs improved the ride quality. At the Sebring 12 Hours in 1966, ample proof of the validity of the IRS was provided when three IRS-equipped TR4As achieved a remarkable 1-2-3 class victory. Today, the four-cylinder TR's are among the easiest of post-war classic sports cars to own and maintain being supported by a multitude of component suppliers and other specialists.
This TR4A has been owned by the vendor for the last 26 years. After purchasing the car, the vendor left the car in storage and embarked on a restoration project. As a result, this is one of the best TR4's we have ever seen. The engine and the rear axle were removed and totally rebuilt; the gearbox was changed to the more desirable overdrive unit. The body was removed and sent away for specialist repair and painting whilst the mechanical work was carried out, the interior trim has also been refurbished and the seats trimmed in high quality leather. The swage line chrome strips have not been fitted although they are supplied; the vendor is very reluctant to see anyone drill holes in his cherished car! The result of such substantial time and investment is a magnificent Triumph TR4A and one that would be worthy of being shown at any club meeting or show.
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