The Triumph TR4 was introduced in 1961 to follow its very successful predecessors, the TR2 and TR3. Code named ‘Zest’ during development the body was given a more modern and updated appearance by Michelotti but its drivetrain and chassis remained the same using the well proven 4 cylinder pushrod unit, however its capacity was increased from 1991cc to 2138cc. Handling was improved by a three inch wider track and steering was also updated to the more modern and precise rack and pinion system.
Internally the car gained wind up windows and the new angular rear end allowed for a boot with a very reasonable luggage capacity for a sports car. Another innovation was the option of an alloy hard top with a removable roof panel that was five years ahead of Porsche’s famous 911 Targa. 40,235 cars were built between 1961 and 1965 and over the years this car has become one of Triumph’s most popular sports cars.
The TR4A was an evolution of the Giovanni Michelotti styled TR4. The car had been favourably received for its overall performance and many amenities but criticized for its harsh ride. The TR4’s Hotchkiss drive system was replaced with an independent rear suspension, a semi-trailing arm system with coil springs and lever-arm shocks.
This wonderful example has been in the current ownership since 1972 and has been well maintained during this time. The engine was rebuilt in the late 1980’s and is said to still be running very nicely with a new stainless steel exhaust system. The car has also benefitted from a bare metal respray and new carpets to the interior. As well as the attractive wire wheels, the car also comes with a full set of Minilites and tyres. A lovely example of this British classic.