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1965 Triumph TR4A IRS

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  • Mileage~46,100
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.1L
  • LocationLondon


1965 Triumph TR4A IRS

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Dom Ginn
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Styled by Michelotti and with a power jump to 104BHP, not only does did the TR4a look great, it was pretty rapid too.

The TR4a was introduced to primarily increase Triumph's success in the US market. 71,000 were produced over 6 years yet only 961 are still on the UK roads today. It was also raced, and in '66 the TR4 achieved a 1st, 2nd and 3rd class finish at the Sebring 12 hours race - impressive.

We really like this example, owned by Peter for the previous 8 years. It has a very clean MOT history as Peter has always given the car the attention it deserves, and it's UK RHD supplied and sold from new.

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

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Meet the owner

This TR4a has been my pride and joy for the last 8 years, I've loved owning, tinkering, and driving it occasionally in the summer.

Owned by Peter for the past 8 years this is a lovely TR4a. Peter has had the car regularly MOT'd every spring, and due to lack of use is looking for a likeminded enthusiast to enjoy the car.

He's going to be sad to see the car go, but some issues with his back make it hard to drive the car, and so it's up for auction with us. At some point in the cars life before Peter's ownership, the colour was changed from Triumph Racing Geen to Sapphire Blue. The car is in very good condition having been well cared for, and some choice pratical upgrades by Peter like reversing sensors.

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Beautiful curved lines drawn and designed by Giovanni Michelotti, these good looks have aged gracefully.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with 60-spoke chrome-wire wheels, they really give the car that extra sparkle. The car originally came with painted wire wheels, and Peter still has these.

Each one is in very good condition and we didn't notice any marks or curbing upon our visit. Each wheel is wrapped in period-correct rubber with a good amount of tread for the new owner. Please view the exterior videos and photos for a detailed view of the wheels.


The bodywork is inline with the rest of the car, in excellent condition. All the panel gaps look tight and correct.

The car was restored in 1999, and since then you can tell it has been stored correctly to avoid any corrosion. Please view the footage of the bodywork to really appreciate this car.


Finished in a deep "Sapphire Blue", the paint on this car looks really good.

The paint is even in coat and finish across all the panels. We did notice some minor scratches on the bonnet and n/s/f wing. However, you'll have to get really close to notice them. Please take a look for yourself in the exterior images and videos.

Glass and Trim

The glass and mirrors look really good on this example. We noticed a little age on the rubber window seals.

The trim is also in excellent condition, and the brightwork really shines, you can tell this is one well looked after example. Peter fitted the rack on the boot in his ownership. The car also comes with a white fibre glass "Surrey Top" as pictured.


Built to race, the TR4a has sporty touches that still look great today. We love the instrument cluster and red gear stick sleeve this car features.

Seats and Carpets

Sporty yet comforting, we love the hard-wearing seats the TR4a offers especially ones in this condition. The seats look in excellent condition on this example, with no rips found.

The carpets are black and very clean, Peter changed these in his ownership, this car has been given the attention it deserves. Please view the images for a detailed look at this interior.


The wood veneer dash on this example also looks great, finished with chrome bezel dials and clear and crisp units. There's a bit of dust etc visible, what you'd expect on a car from the 60's like this.

Peter tells us all the dials are working as you expect. Please view the images for a closer look at this TR4a dashboard.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

What looks to be an original Triumph steering wheel can be found here. It looks in excellent condition, as you can see from the images.

The gearstick appears to be original spec, with an aftermarket red leather gaiter added for a bit of contrast. We're big fans of the overall interior condition. The car was also fitted with overdrive, as an extra when ordered.


A top speed of 103MPH from the 104BHP 2.1L engine, more than enough fun for the road in the 60's.

Engine and Gearbox

Featuring a Triumph TR4a 2.1L engine, Peter has always had the car serviced and attended to when required.

The chromed engine head is in great condition as you can see from the images. Peter reports the engine and gearbox on this example are working very nicely and the car has no known issues. Please view the cold start video to watch the car start from cold.

Suspension and Brakes

In 1965 Triumph introduced the independent rear suspension. This helps to improve the ride and therefore this model and post '65 models are considerably more desirable.

Peter assures us the brakes and suspension is working exactly how it should, no notable noises present.

The Drive

The Triumph TR4a was built to be driven, "it's such a great car that's a pleasure to own and drive" Peter reports.

Any road trip, or beach day the TR4a is a given. With overdrive installed from the factory and it's independent rear suspension, sit back and relax with a smooth ride.

Electrics and Other

The car's optional extras from the factory include: 60-spoke wire wheels, heater, overdrive, occasional rear seat and a windscreen washer.

Peter has had an electric fuel pump fitted, as well an an electric screen washer for practicality.

History and Paperwork

This meticulously owned TR4a finished in Sapphire Blue, very clean black interior and being a UK RHD with only ~46,000 miles, a great example coming to sale.

A lovely example with a very clean MOT history viewable online. In addition to this, Peter has MOTs that track the cars mileage back to 1992, with it tracking correctly to the current mileage.

The car also comes with it's British Motor Industry Heritage Trust factory record certificate, which shows the engine and chassis numbers.

We've actioned checks on the following; seller ID, V5, HPi.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
12.03.2020 MOT 45,954
14.03.2019 MOT 45,782
14.03.2018 MOT 45,595
27.02.2017 MOT 45,463
04.04.2016 MOT 45,359
03.03.2015 MOT 45,090
03.04.2014 MOT 45,007
06.03.2013 MOT 44,857
19.01.2012 MOT 44,751
04.02.2011 MOT 44,507
23.06.2010 MOT 44,429
22.06.2009 MOT 44,351
16.06.2008 MOT 43,335
13.06.2007 MOT 42,528
15.06.2006 MOT 41,985
Key Details
  • ModelTR4a IRS
  • TransmissionManual with Overdrive
  • Reg. Date10.06.1965
  • CC2,138
  • Mileage~46,000
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourSapphire Blue
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Chassis #60919CT
  • Engine #CT59741E
  • MOTYes
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers8
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned8 years
  • Key FeatureCondition

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Geremy Thomas
Geremy Thomas

If you don’t sell I am interested at a higher price

Adam - Trade Classics

Hey Geremy it’s a shame you didn’t bid. The car has been sold and payment taken. Cheers Adam

£18,995 bid by bigmac 10.12.2020 @ 19:03:58
£18,725 bid by ATripp 10.12.2020 @ 19:02:26
£18,500 bid by bigmac 10.12.2020 @ 18:59:25
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£15,250 bid by BP 10.12.2020 @ 15:13:07
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£14,000 bid by George61 09.12.2020 @ 10:31:12
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£13,250 bid by nabrid 08.12.2020 @ 18:35:00
£12,750 bid by ClassicDave 08.12.2020 @ 14:28:35

Hi Peter,
Do you know if the engine (cyl head) has been converted to use unleaded fuel?


Kulraj Salh


Sorry for the delayed response, Peter has had some issues with his email but I rang to check.

The car has indeed had the head converted to run on unleaded fuel is what he told us.


Kulraj – Trade Classics

£12,500 bid by George61 07.12.2020 @ 12:06:15
Peter Nabridnyj
Peter Nabridnyj

Hi Peter
If I were the successful bidder …
Would you be able to keep the car until I was able to come and collect it in the New Year?

John Rice
John Rice

Do you have soft top and frame, I the cylinder head converted to unleaded ?
Tks john

Kulraj Salh

Hi John, Peter has informed us that he does not have a soft-top to go with the car. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics

Kulraj Salh

Hi John,

With regards the question about the head being converted, Peter informs us that it has been actioned and so the car runs on unleaded.


Kulraj – Trade Classics

£5,000 bid by tshaun 05.12.2020 @ 13:50:45
£3,500 bid by SteveMatthews 04.12.2020 @ 18:55:31

Ah.. sorry. I’ve just noticed you’re in London, so due to Covid tier restrictions I guess viewing won’t be possible.

Kulraj Salh

Hi Graham, that’s right, a bit tricky if people are moving between tier 2 and 3. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics


Hi, I’m local to Leamington, so would it be possible to see the TR one day before the auction ends please?


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