1967 Triumph TR4A
A fun fact: Body plates in TR4s will state the maker's name as
Standard Motor Company Limited but from the TR4A onwards it was
frequently changed. You will see Standard Triumph Motor Company
Limited, Triumph Motor Company Limited, Triumph Motors British
Leyland UK Limited, and Triumph Motor Company.
For consignment, a bloody British bonne beauty from bonnet to boot
in the guise of the model TR-4A. This TR4A comes equipped with IRS,
or independent rear suspension which superseded the TR4. Apart from
the rear suspension, which used trailing arms and a differential
bolted to the redesigned chassis frame and a number of small
styling changes and refinements, the two models appear nearly
identical. In fact, an estimated 25 per cent of TR4As were not
equipped with IRS, but instead reverted to a live axle design
similar to the TR4, which was adapted to fit the new chassis.
Be it not for the curved in the hood headlight visors, and the
ubiquitous bump on the hood, as well as the lighted trim spear
point which starts on the front quarter, this would be an everyday
car. With these iconic design cues, it becomes the TR4, and is
looking decidedly British. A horizontal ribbed chromed grille, with
the single flanking headlights, and lower rounded bullet turn
signal lights, framed on the bottom by a small bumper with dual
vertical bumperettes, and central rounded supporting bar up front
to accent and protect the grille. A long hood works its way back to
the windshield, and side and door panels are nice and straight, and
rust free. These are all bathed in red and looking good. Chrome
trimmings are smashing (good) and mirror like. The bumpers show the
beginnings of rust and dulling but are straight. A few scratches
are seen overall, but it is mostly tip top notch mate. The rear of
the car borrows from the Sunbeam Tiger with vertical torchlights at
the end of each pointed boxed off fender, and a squared off trunk.
This is a pre cursor to the TR-6 and Karmann rear design. Gone are
the cutaway doors and now straight sills with roll up windows keep
the belt line horizontal. Above all this Brit menagerie' is a clean
black canvas convertible top with a clear plastic rear window. Also
included is a red hardtop. Seen on all 4 corners are 8 spoke mag
style 15-inch wheels wrapped by 185/65R15's all around.
Lowering the rag top, we see a roll bar has been added for safety,
and this sits behind a black vinyl dual bomber style bucketed
cockpit. On the driver's side is a mounted to the roll bar padded
headrest. Some tears are seen on the tuck and roll and bolsters,
but the seats remain intact. A central console races from the back
of the cockpit forward, and houses a glovebox, handbrake, and gear
shift lever. This meets up with the wood veneer dash showing a few
chips missing from the top veneer. This original dash has round
Jaeger black faced gauges with shiny chromed bezels. A nice wood
rimmed steering wheel with 3 machined metal drilled spokes fronts
the dash. Noted is some gaffers tape holding the front driver's
side of the center console top the carpeted hump. Behind this taped
on radio mounting cowling is some evidence of possible brake fluid
leakage damage but check the photos to be sure. Black carpets
floods all the floors and is clean with a few areas of wear.
With a forward pop of the bonnet we get our jollies with the inline
4 banger underneath in 2138 cc configuration. This has dual side
draft SU carburetors feeding it, and a 4-speed manual transmission
popped on to the rear of the mill. The bay is nicely patina with
some red overspray seen.
Some oiling has taken place underneath, and probably is a good
thing as it has saved the frame from rust invasion. There is
invasive rust seen eating through the drivers floorpan, as well as
the rockers on both sides showing areas of this invasion. 4-wheel
independent suspension and disc brakes upfront and drums on the
rear are seen. A closer inspection of the undercarriage is
recommended for this car.
I bagsy a drive on this car from across the pond as I had one of
these and wanted to relive the memory. It fired right up and ran
like a charm to make even the royals have envy. Good acceleration,
smooth shifting, good handling with the IRS, and 4-wheel
independent suspension. It cruised smoothly up to speed and came to
an abrupt halt when standing on the brakes. A good memory was
No rust on the exterior, original interior with a new roll cage,
and a 4 popper with dual SU's you are tooling in British style from
1967 courtesy Michelotti design. Overall good, and all that is left
to say is Bob's yer uncle!
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