Triumph’s TR4 is one of the quintessential British roadsters of the 1960s, an evolution of the company’s famous TR3 with increased comfort, utility, and a strikingly modern body by famed designer Giovanni Michelotti. But the early cars were criticized for their rough-riding and crude rear suspension, leading Triumph to upgrade the lineup in the mid-60’s. This new car, the TR4A IRS (independent rear suspension) was a big improvement and heralded the golden age of Triumph’s brilliant sports car. With plenty of torque from the inline four and twin SU carbs, complemented by a precise 4-speed with useful electronic overdrive, the TR4A is a both a talented performer and a capable touring companion as well.
CONDITION AND HISTORY
Extremely well-preserved and original, this ’67 TR4A IRS represents the best period of the TR4’s evolution and offers a fantastic time capsule-effect as well. Originally delivered in Germany, the car spent most of its life in California and is a believed three-owner example. The body is particularly noteworthy: dry, straight, and gusseted for extra rigidity with its original coat of “Triumph Racing Green” paint still intact. After decades of loving ownership, the paint presents with a warm patina and still has great shine and color to it. Chrome and glass are similarly well-maintained, with standout features like the fender-mounted indicator lamps, delicate rearview mirrors, and Euro tail light lenses. A desirable Surrey top is included, as is the removable, white hard top. Four exceptional American Racing Silverstone magnesium wheels complete the exterior, with extremely rare center hubs that were recently re-chromed.
With a strong inline four up front connected to a flawless gearbox with overdrive, this Triumph goes and sounds exactly as it should, providing seemingly endless torque and smooth acceleration. Both the engine and overdrive unit were rebuilt within the last 5000 miles, with the engine completed at Dominick's European Car Repair and upgraded to a more aggressive road cam, while Quantum Mechanics sorted the electronic overdrive unit. A heavy, precise clutch, direct steering, and very effective front Girling disc brakes complete the driving experience. Electronics function well, and the car starts easily with minimal choke and no untoward smoking.
Inside, the original black seats look great with contrast piping and white seatbelts. Door cards are similarly tidy, while the hard top’s headliner remains tight, the only flaw being a small tear towards the rear. Carpets and correct rubber mats are very presentable throughout, although there is some thinning under the handbrake. Ahead, the glorious wood dash and Jaeger instruments provide a mirror-like shine, while the “banjo-style” steering wheel delights with its thin rim and spokes. In the rear, the trunk houses the aforementioned Surrey top, some original shop manuals, and a correct spare tire along with a six disc CD changer.
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