Lot 234 - 1968 Triumph TR5
|Engine Number||CP 2360E|
|Odometer reading||81,337 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £46,000|
|Result||Sold - £75,040|
- Original home market right hand drive example
- Fully nut and bolt restored
- Manual with overdrive
The TR5 was built for a 13 month period between August 1967 and September 1968 in Coventry. 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 fuel injection’. This engine could propel the TR5 from 0-50mph 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 hardtop with detachable roof panel, known as the ‘Surrey Top’.
This stunning, fully restored, manual with optional overdrive TR5 was built in June 1968 before being first registered on 1st August, this is verified by the accompanying Heritage Certificate. Presented in possibly the best colour combination of dark blue with cream trim, this example completed a nut and bolt restoration in 2014, the restoration spanned the best part of a decade and can be seen in photos contained within the history file. Bills found in the history file amount to over £40,000 and include a full engine rebuild by Newark engines in Nottinghamshire before Rawles motorsport, in 2012, reconditioned and fitted a lightened flywheel, piper 244R camshaft and Revington TR exhaust. The chassis was galvanised and strengthened and the quality of the works is easy to see and is borne out by the smooth running of its 2498cc engine. Since the restoration the car has never seen the wet and has been housed in a garaged by its subsequent owners. Fitted with a rally bar with spots however the chrome front bumper is available. A recent inspection by Andrew Holyoak valued this example more than £50,000 and we can see why.
Offered to auction with a V5C registration document, MoT test certificate with no advisories until February 2023, details and invoices from the restoration and a Heritage Certificate, this example is offered at a fraction of the expenditure lavished upon the vehicle during its restoration with only 1161 original right hand drive cars built it would be a great investment.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.