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 four-cylinder pushrod unit, albeit with an increased capacity to 2138cc. Handling was improved by a three-inch wider track and the steering was also updated to a 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.
This TR4 was originally exported to the dry state of California and returned to Europe in the 1980s being brought back to the UK by a previous owner in 2009. The following owner bought the car over four years ago as a running project, and since then he has treated it to a huge number or restorative works and converted the car from left to right-hand drive.
The renovation included a repaint in its original Signal Red. The only evidence of the rust found during the process was in the floor pans, which were fully replaced. The braking system was overhauled, a new wiring harness fitted, and an alternator with high torque starter fitted. The very rare Weber DCOE 42s were overhauled and a 4-branch exhaust manifold fitted. The car also benefits from a Mallory twin-spark distributor to increase dwell angle.
The interior was completely refurbished, including wool carpets, full seat refurbishment, a new boot board and a new hood. The car has been rolling road tuned and produces 110 bhp at the flywheel. It comes with a large quantity of invoices dating between 2014 and 2018, Heritage certificate, MoT history print-out covering 2012, 2016, 2017 owner’s handbook and copy restoration photos. The rebuild has only recently been completed. It has covered minimal miles since completion and looks fantastic sitting on silver Minilites.