1966 Triumph TR4

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1966
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    CTC/67993-O
  • Lot number 
    327
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

A UK-market example with just four previous keepers, accompanied by numerous invoices and a Heritage CertificateThe 4A debuted in 1965 and introduced an all-new independent rear suspension system (IRS)It combined a modernMichelotti-designedbody with the chassis of the previous TR3AThe 2138cc, TR3A engine continued offering a top speed of almost 110 mph with overdriveThe four-cylinder TRs are among the easiest of post-war classic sports cars to own and maintain being supported by a multitude of component suppliers and other specialistsThis car has formed part of a large collection with little or no use. An element of recommissioning is to be expected to return it to the road once againProduced 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. Having six universal joints, three prop shafts and two trailing arms, the system was appreciatively more expensive than the previous live axle arrangement (dealers in the US reacted uncomfortably to the new design on cost grounds; to appease them, Triumph actually built the TR4A in two forms, one with a live axle primarily for the US and the TR4A IRS for other markets where the price was less sensitive). The press was happy to see an all-independent car, and Triumph was 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.Body production changes for the TR4A were a new grille, decoration and badging, and a radically different chassis (designed to accept the new semi-trailing arm independent rear suspension), plus the introductionof an up-rated version of the 2138cc Vanguard unit, now with a better cylinder head breathing through a new exhaust, giving 104bhp at 4,700rpm. Other changes were new decoration, badging, sidelights and chrome trim along the door/wings, a wooden dash, and better seats. The hood too was revised with proper catches at the front, which ensured it would stay on, unlike the pitifully poor TR4 hood.The car presented here is UK-supplied, right-hand drive1966 Triumph TR4A dating fromthe 6th April 1966 and sent to Puttocks Ltd. of Guildford for sale. With only four previous keepers, this 4A has led a well-cared-for life in the hands of genuine enthusiasts immediatelyevident by the accompanying history file showing much expenditure on maintenance and upkeep over the years. A BMC Heritage Trust Certificate is also present and evidence that at least one previous owner was a member of the TR Register. A UK-market example is relatively rare and the most desirable, giving the new owner the opportunity to step straight into a very well-regarded British classic.In recent years, this carhas formed part of a large collection and as such has received little or no use and an element of recommissioning is to be expected to return it to the road once again. Your inspection pre-sale is welcomed and encouraged to appreciate the potential of this rarely offered motor car.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16thand 30thJuly. Please contact Joeon 07779 082707/[email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.