Lot 244 - 1968 Triumph TR250
|Chassis Number||CD 47656|
|Engine Number||CC 4782 E|
|Odometer reading||34,349 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £27,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,500|
Triumph’s TR Series began with the unveiling of a prototype (the TR1) at the 1952 London Motorshow. The TR2 was launched the following year,and so began an uninterrupted run of two-seater Sports Cars that ended in 1981 with the last of the TR8s. Code named `Zest’, the TR4 was introduced in 1961 as a replacement for the TR3A. Though based on the chassis and drivetrain of its much-loved predecessor, it cut a far more modern dash, thanks to an all new Michelotti-styled body. Power was provided by Triumph’s proven OHV four-cylinder engine with capacity increased to 2138cc. Other mechanical updates included a wider track front and rear, rack and pinion steering and an all-synchromesh gearbox. The optional overdrive now operated on second and third gears as well as top. There was also the option of a unique hardtop with fixed glass rear window, integral roll-bar and removable centre section. The short-lived, but now much sought after, TR5 was visually identical to the TR4, but notably more potent thanks to the 2498cc straight-six that sat in place of the TR4’s four-cylinder unit – a total of just 2,947 TR5s left the factory between October 1967 and November 1968. The Triumph TR250 was the model available in the U.S. with fuel being delivered by twin S.U. carburettors as opposed to fuel injection.
Having spent its early life in the U.S. and registered in the UK in March 2000 by Mr. David Taylor of Oakham, a total restoration project commenced when he acquired the car as a project some years previous. The quality of this Triumph today is still exceptional and is testament to what a magnificent restoration was carried out all those years ago. The engine was removed, rebuilt and converted to run on unleaded fuel. The chassis was repaired and re-fabricated where necessary and many hours were spent on the bodywork, resulting in a vehicle of the highest quality. Featured in Triumph World magazine in November 2000, this fabulous TR250 was featured under the headline of ‘Copper Bopper’, clearly as a reference to the copper paint finish. With an engine bay that is commensurate with the condition of the rest of this outstanding TR250 and now in righthand drive format, this Triumph has to be viewed to appreciate the quality.
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