Triumph’s TR Series began with the unveiling of a prototype (the TR1) at the 1952 London Motorshow. The TR2 was launched the following year, and so began an uninterrupted run of two-seater Sports Cars that ended in 1981 with the last of the TR8s.
Code named `Zest’, the TR4 was introduced in 1961 as a replacement for the TR3A. Though based on the chassis and drivetrain of its much-loved predecessor, it cut a far more modern dash, thanks to an all new Michelotti-styled body. Power was provided by Triumph’s proven OHV four-cylinder engine with capacity increased to 2138cc. Other mechanical updates included a wider track front and rear, rack and pinion steering and an all-synchromesh gearbox. The optional overdrive now operated on second and third gears as well as top. There was also the option of a unique hardtop with fixed glass rear window, integral rollbar and removable centre section. The short-lived, but now much sought after, TR5 was visually identical to the TR4, but notably more potent thanks to the 2498cc straight-six that sat in place of the TR4’s four-cylinder unit – a total of just 2,947 TR5s left the factory between October 1967 and November 1968.
The 1968 example that we have on offer was purchased by the late T.D. Fitchett, Tony bought all the tooling from Triumph and his legacy is that his company supplies all retailers of Triumph spare parts. In 1998/99 the TR5 was subject to a full restoration to the highest standard by Tony with only original genuine factory parts being used to maintain the originality of the vehicle.
A report by Andrew Holyoak on the vehicle states ‘The vehicle is in exceptional condition’. The car has been dry stored and has only covered approximately 700 miles since 1998. The vehicle comes with a large history file, with detailed notes of the restoration with a hand written list by Tony, of parts and part numbers used on the car.
It would be hard to find another vehicle that has been restored by a marquee expert, with as low mileage since the job was complete, on the market at the moment. With an estimate by a Triumph specialist stating to reproduce the work put into the car costing up to £75,000, this is surely a special car for a true collector.