Lot 244 - 1965 Triumph TR4A IRS (Surrey Top)

Lot 244 - 1965 Triumph TR4A IRS (Surrey Top)

Lot 244 - 1965 Triumph TR4A IRS (Surrey Top)

Lot Number 244
Registration KKX 390C
Chassis Number CTC 552260
Engine Number CTC 55029
Odometer reading 146,405 miles
Result Sold - £15,848
  • Desirable 'Surrey Top' model
  • Fitted with overdrive

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. When equipped with the optional overdrive, the TR4 was good for a top speed of almost 110mph. Following on from the TR4, the new TR4A was phased in smoothly at the beginning of 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. The press were happy to see an all-independent car, and Triumph were pleased to be the first British car manufacturer to have all-independent suspensions under every car in their line-up. 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.

This 1965 Triumph TR4A IRS with the ‘Surrey Top’ was purchased by the current owner’s husband in October 1991, he acquired it from the previous owner who brought it in 1977. In the 1980’s the car was stripped and repainted in the original colour of Azure Blue. Since 1991, the car has been fully maintained, including in 1992 when it was fitted with a modified cylinder head. In 2018, this TR4A was sent to marque specialists Rees Brothers, Aldershot for a major overhaul which cost in the region of £20,000. Fitted with a black interior, this Triumph TR4A IRS is supplied with a V5C registration document, the original owner’s handbook and a file containing old V5 registration documents, old MoT test certificates, invoices and photographs from the 2018 overhaul and older invoices going back to 1991. This is a good, useable example with the rare ‘Surrey Top’ that requires cosmetic restoration to the bodywork to bring it back to show standard.

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