1962 Triumph TR4
1962 Triumph TR4
To find the essence of classic British sports cars, one doesn't need to look much further than Triumph. Affordability is an important facet of this discussion. Although there are plenty of examples of sports cars that predate Triumph, these machines were most often concerned without outright speed and power as opposed to being fun, light, drivable vehicles. These cars come from an era in which fitting massive aircraft engines to a vehicle frame wasn't unheard-of, but in the grand scheme of things, I think these cars find a closer modern relative in supercars and hypercars than in the world of sports cars.
For consignment and the beneficiary of a complete frame off restoration, we give you a Triumph TR4. She's looking very snappy with beautiful paint, a like new canvas convertible top, a glistening grille and of course wire wheels. This one bucks tradition and goes with a RED exterior and black interior. Slowly one can see the early influence in the boxy design aspect for the TR series which will eventually culminate in the TR6.
Anytime we hear frame off restoration, I get excited because I know it will be a painstaking process to get a beautiful yield in the end and this example does not disappoint. A very shiny front aluminum polished grille with round headlights completed by in the hood casings and the TRIUMPH badging. A nicely polished bumper with vertical push bars frames the bottom. Rounded front quarters have a chrome trimming on top and this helps highlight the boxy styling and large wheels look. Steel is straight and rust free and bathed in gorgeous red which is the deep end of the pool. All minding their gaps nicely. On back a nice spacious boot with vertical squared off taillights for the rear quarter endings. When the top is down a very wonderful tonneau covering complete with a chromed accenting curved trimming for the snaps looks just beautiful. Knockoff hub wire wheels on all 4 corners add to the decidedly British feel.
A swing of the doors and we see a wonderfully restored black smooth vinyl stitched panel with chromed window cranks, the door actuator, and chromed handle to pull it shut. Red painted metal is reserved for the sills and under door jambs which are all rust free. Dual tuck and roll insert, and smooth black bolstered bomber styled buckets are in for the passengers. These have nice wide white piping to highlight the edges. In back is a tuck and roll seat back curving with the interior tub, but no seat just carpeted panels in black looking very clean and unused. Upfront a silver painted dash front is peppered with beautifully restored nearly perfect black faced British Jaeger gauges with white numbering and lettering and white pointers, all surrounded by shiny bezels. In the center of the dash is a textured aluminum panel with 4 additional gauges surrounding a centrally located ashtray and below this more knobs and pulls for your enjoyment. A glovebox accessible for the passenger is in front and a black padded vinyl dash top looking very nice with no cracking or fading is on top. Black textured carpeting is now flooding the floors and looks like new. A wood knob topped small shift lever rises from the center hump towards the driver's waiting hand.
Talk about pristine you need to gaze into this engine bay. All bathed in red surround it and has all new wiring, supple hoses and chromed accenting throughout. In it's heart is a rebuilt 2138cc 4-cylinder with a chromed valve covering. It is fed petrol through 2 SU Carbs, and has a rebuilt 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive on back. The rear axle weighs in at 3.70 ratio. Looking nearly showroom under this bonnet.
Showroom, with no rust, black framing and red floor pans, and shiny exhaust. It has nary a spec of road dirt on her and does have front disc brakes and rear drums which are all new. A new fuel line, new water pump, new bushings are seen throughout under here. Independent coil springs are on front and leaf springs provide the ride and handling.
A super quick starter, and with a little choke once it warmed up it ran swimmingly. Rail-like handling, and snappy acceleration from the 4-cylinder fed by those 2 SU's. All working on the electrics and other functions on this beauty.
This is a very economical way to get into the sports car game. A totally buttoned up TR4 which has its charm and looks like it was designed in the early 1960s and done so in Britain. I cannot get enough of those large wheels, thin body and square styling with neatly rounded over corners, and the hood formed headlight casings are to die for. Quintessential Triumph.
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