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1964 Triumph TR4

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£22,260

  • Mileage~27,980
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2,138CC
  • LocationStourbridge

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1964 Triumph TR4

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Introduction

Glyn Parry

Code named Zest during the development - the TR4 had a more modern designed body, styled by Giovanni Michelotti.

Michelotti was the design guru responsible for the more modern look of the TR4, compared to the previous TR range. Produced from 1961 to 1967, the TR4 was quite successful, but less than expected, especially with the new modern styling. In its 6 year run, 71,000 TR4s were produced.

Mechanically, the car shares a lot of the components of the TR3, with the major mechanical difference being the upgrade to the 2,138 cc engine. This engine was bored out from the 1991cc used in the TR3.

Some other improvements, along with the much squarer look of the body, were in the cabin. The car was one of the first production cars to have adjustable air vents to the fascia of the dashboard.

A delight to own and drive, Steven has enjoyed carrying out the restoration and covering some miles in the British classic, but with a house move coming, and storage an issue, it’s time for the TR4 to make its way to a new home. We've sold many TR4s and this is one of the best we've seen.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting Steven the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

The TR4 was the one car that got away from Steven in 1978 - but fast forward to 2016 and he made his dream come true by purchasing this lovely example.

Steven purchased this lovely 1964 Triumph TR4 in September 2016. He wanted to own a TR4 back in 1978, but the one that he wanted was £400, just out of his price range, and so he missed out on his favourite Triumph.

With a bigger pot of money to spend in 2016, the hunt was on to find a nice TR4. This led Steven to spotting one for sale in Holland which had been restored to some degree. Steven and his wife set off to Holland to view the Triumph, which was originally a UK car.

A deal was struck and the car was loaded up on a trailer and brought back to the UK. Once home, Steven used the car a little but kept finding things that weren't as good as he would have expected, and so he decided to redo the restoration which included repainting the car inside and out back to an original Triumph colour.

With the TR4 now complete, Steven has given the car some use and enjoys the attention it gets moving down the road.

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Exterior

Finished in the lovely Wedgwood Blue - we think there is no better colour to set off this 1960s classic TR4.

Wheels and Tyres

The pepperpot wheels have been coated in a creamy white paint to an excellent standard, then finished off with chrome hubcaps sporting a Triumph logo, and these are in excellent condition.

The tyres are all matching and in excellent condition with a date stamp of 2020, which puts them in virtually 'as new' condition.

Bodywork

The TR4’s finish is excellent, there are no dinks to worry about down the sides of the car. There are a couple of small areas where you can see that a repair has been carried out, but only if you are looking very closely.

The door shut lines are good, they could probably be fettled slightly to tweak them a touch more, just to get the gaps uniform on both sides. The bonnet and boot look to align as they should.

The roof has been replaced, not so long ago. This looks to fit as it should when up, and folds down nicely behind the rear seat cover when down.

Please see the gallery for more detailed images.

Paint

Finished in Wedgwood Blue, Steven was adamant that this is the colour best suited to the TR4 and we have to agree, it looks amazing.

The finish is nice and clean with no chips that we could see at the time of our visit. It could maybe benefit from a further machine polish, just to make the fresh paint pop that little bit extra, something for the new owner to do on a sunny weekend.

Please see the image gallery for more detailed shots.

Glass and Trim

The windows are in excellent condition having all been replaced in 2018, together with the rubbers, which are therefore in excellent condition.

The bumpers and door handles have a nice bright finish to them. There is some very, very slight pitting to the finish of the bumpers, but this is only slight. The door mirrors have been replaced with some chrome bullet style mirrors and are in excellent order.

Interior

Just like stepping back into 1964 - the seats and carpets have been replaced leaving the interior as new.

Seats and Carpets

The seats in the Triumph have been replaced with reconditioned items, along with the matching door cards, and are all in excellent condition, as you would expect.

The carpets again are all in brilliant condition having been replaced, there is no wear to be seen. In the boot area a fresh piece of wood makes up the boot floor, with the spare wheel, jack and wheel brace underneath. The boot is also in excellent condition following the respray.

Dashboard

The dashboard has been painted the same colour as the wheels of the TR4, to offer a nice contrast against the Wedgwood Blue.

The instruments are in excellent condition with no corrosion to the bezels. These are reported to all be working as they should, with an odometer reading of ~27,980 miles.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed shots.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is a nice Moto-Lita wood rimmed wheel, with a polished centre. This is in good condition, with no obvious wear which we could see.

The gear knob is a black ball, and doesn't look to have ever had any lettering to it.

Mechanics

A 2,138 cc four-cylinder engine fueled by twin Stromberg carburetors - this pushes the 60’s classic to a respectable 104 bhp output and 127 lb-ft of torque.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine was reported to have had a full rebuild at the time of the restoration in Holland. Steve reports that it has always run beautifully, and so it was a case of getting a local mechanic to give it the once over, with just some parts removed for painting and a freshen up.

The car starts up nicely and ticks over with a smooth purr. The gear change is also reported to be smooth, with the car pulling well as you make your way through the gears.

Suspension and Brakes

The car sits nice and even and is reported to handle as well as it should, with no noises coming from the suspension components. Under the car looks very clean, and it has clearly not seen much, if any, wet road use in its time on the road after the restoration.

The brakes have been given an overhaul to ensure they are working just as Triumph intended. These come to a stop nice and sharp and in a straight line. The suspension is nice and firm, as you would expect for the sports car.

The Drive

One thing about riding in the Triumph is that it will turn heads. There's nothing more special than driving down the road in a classic British sports car with people waving in admiration as you pass by.

Steven and his wife have enjoyed many trips out in the summer months, which brings huge smiles to both their faces, especially knowing most of the work was carried out by Steven.

Electrics and Other

Steven reports the switchgear is all working as it should. The switches are all in nice condition with no obvious signs of any wear.

There is a radio fitted but this does not power up as Steven has never wired it in, just a placeholder to fill the space. But to be honest, who really needs a radio in a classic car, when you have the roof down blasting down the country lanes?

History and Paperwork

A nice history file comes with the TR4 showing restoration photographs and plenty of receipts.

Steven has restored the TR4 to how he would have expected the car to be. All the little issues that bugged him have been ironed out to create his perfect British classic.

There are lots of receipts for parts bought during the restoration. It’s nice to see that they have been saved, along with a good selection of photographs telling the story of the restoration.

The car also comes with a spare set of wheels, a luggage rack and a wet weather cover for when the roof is down.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and the vehicle is HPI clear.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
18.08.2016 MOT 26,288
Key Details
  • ModelTR4
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date22.12.1964
  • CC2,138 cc
  • Mileage~27980
  • ColourWedgwood Blue
  • Interior ColourBlue
  • Chassis #CT394080
  • Engine #CT39354E
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes - clear
  • Former Keepers2
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • OwnedYes
  • Key FeatureNicely Restored







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Roger Hawes
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Roger Hawes

Hi Steven, lovely car and a credit to you. I hope you don’t mind me asking a couple of questions. Firstly can you tell me which body panels have been replaced and whether they were replaced with NOS, reproduction or fibreglass etc? Secondly there appear to be a couple of less tidy patches welded on the chassis, would that be a correct view or is there another explanation? Finally on the start up video the oil pressure looks low and doesn’t reach mid point (50psi?) until the engine is revved then stays at that point? Is that a typical start… Read more »

Steven Clarke
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Steven Clarke

Hi Roger I’m not sure if you got my response I’ll try this way, all the panels are steel but I’ve spliced new bottom to the rear wings as they were rotten, fully welded then etched before primer coat. The chassis was done by the previous restorer and I had it dipped and powder coated, there are a couple of patches that could be taken off and re done if required. As it was solid I chose to leave them. I had the engine checked by a local tuners before I decided to strip the car down he told me… Read more »

Steven
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Steven

Hi Roger oil pressure is good 55 at idle and over 70 at 2000 rpm

Roger Hawes
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Roger Hawes

Hi Steven, lovely car and a credit to you. I hope you don’t mind me asking a couple of questions.
Firstly can you tell me which body panels have been replaced and whether they were replaced with NOS, reproduction or fibreglass etc?
Secondly there appear to be a couple of less tidy patches welded on the chassis, would that be a correct view or is there another explanation?
Finally on the start up video the oil pressure looks low and doesn’t reach mid point (50psi?) until the engine is revved then stays at that point? Is that a typical start up pressure?
Many thanks
Roger

Chris
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Chris

Does the car have overdrive?

Glyn Parry (Photographer)
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Glyn Parry (Photographer)

Hi Chris,
I can confirm that it has overdrive, and when Steven took us out to the location for the shoot it was functioning exactly as it should.

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Stourbridge, West Midlands

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