1962 Triumph TR4  Chassis no. CT10529L
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1962 Triumph TR4 "Surrey Top" Chassis no. CT10529L Engine no. TCF1378E
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1962 Triumph TR4 "Surrey Top"
Chassis no. CT10529L
Engine no. TCF1378E
• 2,138cc inline four-cylinder
• Four-speed manual gearbox

• Rare "Surrey Top" option
• Attractive black on red color combination
• Older high quality restoration
• Former show car with BMIHT Certificate

First step in the TR's transition from uncomplicated, rugged sports car to something altogether more refined, the TR4 was introduced in 1961. Giovanni Michelotti's new bodyshell brought the styling bang up to date while beneath the skin there numerous chassis changes. Rack-and-pinion steering, widened front and rear track, and an all-synchromesh gearbox contributed to improved driveability, while wind-up windows were a big advance on the preceding TR3's primitive side screens. The standard engine was the 2,138cc four-cylinder overhead-valve unit first offered on the TR3A, and when equipped with the optional overdrive the TR4 was good for a top speed of almost 110mph. Today, the 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 specialists. A rare factory option was the hardtop known as the "Surrey Top", an early attempt at a Targa. The hardtop panel featured a removable center panel, giving any TR4 so equipped a versatility unique at the time.

The British Motor Heritage Trust Certificate for this Triumph confirms it was completed on June 14, 1962 and originally painted black with contrasting red leather trim. Delivered to the Standard Triumph Motor Company of Boston, Massachusetts, this early TR4 was one of the first 500 built and underwent an exhaustive multi-year restoration by Precision Autocraft of Massachusetts in the mid-1990s. The wonderful condition of the car today is testimony to the quality of the restorer's workmanship. The seats were upholstered in high quality leather trimmed in the original color and a period Nardi wood-rim steering wheel fitted. The appearance was further enhanced with a set of chrome wire wheels and the engine bay beautifully detailed.

Post-restoration, the Triumph enjoyed a successful career on the concours circuit, consistently winning its class or best in show awards before being retired 1997 and was featured on the cover of "The Vintage Triumph" magazine following its 1st in place at the 1994 Vintage Triumph Register National Concours. The car joined the Oldenburg Collection in recent years and has been carefully maintained and garaged ever since. Now nicely mellowed, with a lovely patina, this car is perfect for tours or rallies and with minimal cosmetic refreshing could make a triumphal return to the show circuit.

Without reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note this vehicle is titled as a 1963 model.

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