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1964 Triumph TR4

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  • Mileage~21,555
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.1L
  • LocationBicester


1964 Triumph TR4

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

The TR4's good looks, raw character and rising status makes it a perfect period sports car.

As traditionally engineered sports cars go, the Triumph TR4 is no exception to the rule. Not that this should be considered a bad thing. The TR4 is an evolution of the slightly primitive TR3, with the welcome addition of a more powerful engine and improved chassis with a dose of practicality. The handsome styling job came courtesy of long-term Triumph partners, Michelotti. Created during the era where the public was spoiled for compact British sports cars, the TR4 was considered one of the quicker examples of the time.

This 1964 car has the rare distinction of only having one previous owner recorded on the log book, a couple who have owned it since the sixties and sold it on to the current owner late last year. It has seen plenty of attention over the years, with several restorations as well as regular maintenance. This car has been recently refurbished up to a lovely standard, and is a UK supplied RHD with factory wire wheels.

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

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Meet the owner

I saw the car come up for sale last year and I had to grab that opportunity.

Captivated by its lines and seductive curves, Stephen has been a life long fan of British sportscars, having first cut his teeth in a Triumph Herald.

He has used this TR4 as an occasional car, for country blasts along the Oxfordshire B-roads when time has permitted over the past year. After acquiring the car, he has had it painted again in Signal Red, and generally refurbished elements as necessary. He now thinks it needs just a handful of minor jobs, that are more a case of fettling than repair like polishing each of the sixty spoke wire wheels and attending to the tonneau cover zip!

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Finished in Signal Red, and extremely solid example having been garaged and dry stored its entire life.

Wheels and Tyres

Sixty spoke wire wheels on this TR4, a factory fitted option as confirmed by the heritage certificate.

They have evidence of light pitting on the rim and spokes, they're presentable but could warrant some attention in the future to really gleam. The car is fitted with three Maxxis tyres, dating from 2013, with a more recent Nankang. All are in good condition with no sidewall damage and plenty of tread.


The Michelotti styling on the TR4 was quite a departure from the TR3A it followed. A much more practical sports car was created, the body having a significant boot for storage, and much more functional wind up windows in place.

The previous owners used to wipe down the car ensuring it was always stored dry. As a result, the panel gap and shut lines look very good. There were no signs of corrosion on the body, and the sill, boot floor, engine compartment and inner wings all looking solid too. The hood is in good condition with no rips and blemishes, having seen a recent replacement.


Still in its factory colour of Signal Red, a colour that really shows off the curves penned by the designers, particularly on the bonnet and front wings.

The paint has been well applied with a deep shine, no issues to the quality of its last respray. There are no scratches or significant stone chips on the car. Take a look at the photo and video content to see a detailed view.

Glass and Trim

The glass is in good condition, with no evidence of damage. The rubber around the windscreen and body trim is in good condition.

The chrome work across the exterior is in good condition, with no damage or corrosion coming through. If we were being really picky, the trim that adorns the tops of the front wings are slightly uneven in places.


Cosy and compact, the interior has a good balance of originality and renewal.

Seats and Carpets

Finished in black just as it was when it left the factory, the interior on these TR4's are quite simple by todays standards.

The seats may have been subject to renovation in the past and are in good order, with a few minor signs of wear visible in the photographs. The carpet is in good condition, sound deadening underlay has been fitted underneath them.


Sporting its original white dashboard, the car is also fitted with a heater as an item from the original options list. The dashboard shows typical signs of age but is in good condition with no significant damage or cracks.

The impressive array of dials are all functional and in good condition, with the stalks clearly being the original items. The door cards have typical wear and signs of ageing, but are not particularly damaged in any way.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel and wooden gear knob are in good condition, with limited signs of wear. Likely to be renewed items rather than the original 1964 items.


This TR4 has been subject to plenty of mechanical attention, a perky straight 4.

Engine and Gearbox

The cold start presented no problems at all, with no rattling or knocking observed. The engine fired up into life with a single turn of the key, with no signs of burning oil.

The well-maintained engine has seen a considerable amount of attention over the years, which also includes the addition of an electronic ignition system, a recent battery, water pump as well as attention to the fueling system. The exhaust and manifold are in good condition, with the gearbox (with overdrive) said to be in good working order.

Suspension and Brakes

The braking system has received attention over the years, and are said to perform well with no issues. The car suspension system on appearance looks in good condition too, with no issues with the bushes. There were no signs of creaking in use, the suspension mounts looked solid too.

The Drive

Seen as a common choice for the fair-weather classic car fan, the Triumph offers a little more style than the usual British open-top sports cars.

The combination of a powerful engine with a well-proven chassis set up also provides sure-footed handling, with mechanical durability. As the cars new owner, you can be confident of its excellent club support and subsequently, parts are easily available.

Electrics and Other

The car has been converted to accommodate a positive earth ignition kit, with a new dynamo and control box which will be a welcome piece of news for potential owners. The rest of the electrics are said to be in good working order.

History and Paperwork

Simply put, there cannot be many other home market TR4's out there with so few owners.

Bought as a company car in 1964, the original owner had a long and endearing relationship with this TR4, enjoying the car with his wife. After passing in 2014, his wife retained the Triumph and used and enjoyed the car for another six years until she decided that it was time to move the car on. During the couple's ownership of the car, it's clear the car saw a high level of care, ranging from the usual maintenance to a stripped-down restoration.

Like many of these things, much of the paperwork has been lost, but what it does retain is its original logbook, as well as a list of tasks, including its first restoration in 1978. A respray followed in 1980 and the engine was reconditioned in 1995. A further restoration was carried out in 2014 and there is evidence of regular maintenance and upkeep over the last 10 years. The car has been garaged throughout its life.

The current owner bought the car in 2020, and spent time carrying out some further refurbishment on the exterior and interior, as well as getting a new hood for the car. Since then, some occasional use on local country roads when time permits.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5, HPi.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
11-06-2019 MOT 20,717
27-04-2018 MOT 20,329
12-05-2017 MOT 19,298
08-04-2016 MOT 18,189
09-04-2015 MOT 17,663
23-04-2014 MOT 17,040
09-06-2005 MOT 16,182
09-06-2004 MOT 16,009
22-07-2003 MOT 15,625
23-05-2002 MOT 14,950
08-06-2001 MOT 13,639
Key Details
  • ModelTR4
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date1964
  • CC2,138
  • Mileage~21,555
  • HistorySome
  • ColourSignal Red
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #CT279180
  • Engine #CT28148 HE
  • RestoredYes
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • Former Keepers1
  • Tyre BrandMaxxis/Nankang
  • Tyre Age2013
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~1 year
  • Key FeatureOne previous owner

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Damn, looks like I missed the bidding last night, is it sold?

Kulraj Salh

Yes indeed, just closing a post-auction deal now. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

£17,800 bid by bill4cars 19.03.2021 @ 18:50:37
£17,500 bid by Trjohn 19.03.2021 @ 17:07:50
£17,250 bid by MrH 19.03.2021 @ 10:44:31
£17,000 bid by Trjohn 18.03.2021 @ 18:34:55
£16,360 bid by MrH 18.03.2021 @ 18:13:05
£15,000 bid by Trjohn 17.03.2021 @ 15:13:49
Tom Burnell
Tom Burnell

Hi, is the number plate one of the really old school ones (4 or 5 characters) or is it a 7 character one ending in (I assume) B?

Kulraj Salh

Hi Tom, registration number is visible for review in all the paperwork. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

John gantv
John gantv

I assume they but can you confirm all the wings are steel thanks

£12,760 bid by MrH 17.03.2021 @ 11:30:19
£10,500 bid by Trjohn 16.03.2021 @ 11:48:32
John Rice
John Rice

Can you confirm if unleaded head or additive needed ? Tks

£6,026 bid by TylerMan 15.03.2021 @ 08:52:24

The history states the car had a first restoration in 1978, a respray in 1980, engine reconditioned in 1995, and further restoration was carried out in 2014.
Is there documented history on the detail of these works and even photographic evidence?
I’m particularly interested in body and chassis work undertaken. Thanks.

£5,825 bid by Len 14.03.2021 @ 17:30:22
£5,600 bid by Fredarp 13.03.2021 @ 21:44:44
James Colegrave
James Colegrave

Hi, quick question please. Whereabouts are you should I decided to see the car before bidding? Thanks, James


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