The Triumph Motor Company developed the TR4 from 1961 to 1965 as
the successor to the TR3. With a modern body designed by
Michelotti, the TR4 did away with cutaway doors to allow for
roll-up windows and added a more spacious trunk. It is actually
pretty rare compared to some of the newer iterations, with only
40,253 cars built during its five-year run, but it doesn't mean it
wasn't a success or fun to drive.
This 1965 Triumph TR4 offered by Art & Speed is a gorgeous
representation of British engineering. This little roadster is
ready to be enjoyed after receiving a comprehensive restoration in
the seemingly not-to-distant past. Circling the exterior, we find
the Cactus Green (Creme) finish in excellent condition with a
straight body and crisp lines. The bumper chrome and stainless trim
show virtually no signs of aging. The wire wheels are in great
shape, with only one showing some minor surface rust. The chassis
and undercarriage were refinished as part of the restoration and
The interior was part of the restoration and still appears in very
good condition, although it does show some light creasing of the
seats from use. It is an accurate restoration with a matte-finish
wood dash with a rare factory radio, the correct Triumph
instruments, and the original shifter. Even the original
banjo-style steering wheel is in excellent condition. The vinyl top
is taut and fits well, and the frame disappears behind the backseat
when not in use, while the top itself goes in the trunk where you
also find the spare tire and factory grease gun.
Under the forward-opening bonnet lies the 2,138cc inline-four
cylinder engine sporting two Stromberg carbs. The engine bay is
neat, tidy, and detailed with the rare A.C air cleaners, a chrome
valve cover, and factory-correct blue wrapped wiring harness. Some
important upgrades are noticeable to the trained eye, such as the
electric fan, helper fuel pump, and a stainless-steel exhaust
system. These upgrades will help with longevity and provide a
sweeter soundtrack. Although the little inline-four only pumps out
105 horsepower, it is plenty to get this mighty-mite down the road
and keep a smile planted on the driver's face.
This '65 Triumph TR4 has been enjoyed and maintained in superb
condition since its completion. It is still good enough to win on
the show circuit, yet not so perfect that you won't be afraid to
take it on cruises or rallies. It is ready for the next owner who
wants to delight in driving one of the most popular and beloved
sports cars from the British '60s era. Stop by the showroom at Art
& Speed today to view this little powerhouse!
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