Triumph TR4 Fully Restored And Upgraded To Fast Road Specification
1964 TR4 - Just 2500 Miles Since Complete Restoration And Upgrade To Fast Road Specification
An exceptional TR4 with documented and photographic history of complete restoration, and enhanced with substantial upgrades.
The restoration was undertaken by the enthusiast owner over a period of 18 months, and documented in a journal telling the whole story.
He undertook the mechanical disassembly and rebuild himself, utilising premier suppliers such as Cambridge Motorsports, Moss Europe, TR Shop, Skinner, etc, and he worked closely with Le Riche Restorers who did the body restoration, finishing in Triumph Royal Blue.
The term “Nut and Bolt Restoration” is nowadays used rather freely - this one is just that, evidenced by the 46-page invoice for nuts and bolts (and fixings) on file.
The history file is over an inch thick and includes the Heritage Certificate which confirms the ‘matching numbers’ and build date of 28 January 1964.
On completion, in 2003, the car was shown at the JCVC show in Jersey and won two coveted awards: "Best Restored" and "Best Two Seater Sports Car"
Here are the highlights of the restoration:
The heart of the car is an absolutely stonking engine prepared and built by Cambridge Motorsport. It included a nitrided crankshaft, fast road cam, unleaded head and numerous upgrades such as uprated head fasteners, uprated valve springs, uprated oil pump, competition HT leads, etc and new Weber 45DCOE Carburetters. The engine was dyno-ed on completion, the print out showing a substantial increase in power to 137.3 bhp. To give this some context, this equates to approximately 10% better power-to-weight ratio in the TR4 than a 150bhp TR6. Its greatest strength in my opinion is not, however, the power but a virtually flat torque ‘curve’ from 2000-6000rpm. The invoice for the work to refurbish the original engine, ancillaries, etc, covers 3 pages and was some £5364 (in 2002).
Additional upgrades include: Lowered ride height - slightly lowered front and rear springs, which are also stiffer. Uprated front dampers. Anti-roll bar fitted at the front. TR6 clutch upgrade, as much more durable. Converted to negative earth. Electric cooling fan. Electric fuel pump. Lightweight alternator. Stainless steel big bore exhaust. Minilite alloy wheels. Inertia reel seatbelts.
The chassis was stripped and refurbished and rebuilt with new components.
A new interior was ordered from John Skinner (£1521) and the seats rebuilt as part of the process. External trim was purchased from the TR shop (£685).
In terms of the bodywork, the file details several invoices from Le Riche Restorers over the period January 2002 to July 2003 for body restoration, totalling over £18,000.
In summary, the invoices in period totalled £30,000, excluding the substantial labour invested by the owner over 18 months to strip the car and then the time-consuming and meticulous reassembly.
In the summer of 2017, due to ill health the owner sold his car collection to Le Riche. In fact the TR4 had remained at Le Riche where it was stored and looked after by them – this continuity was a significant contributor to my decision to purchase it.
Before taking delivery, since the TR had only seen occasional use, I asked Le Riche to undertake a full re-commission and service, which included: Engine oil and filter, gearbox oil, differential oil, brake and clutch fluid, coolant, spark plugs and points, chassis service, and new Vredestein Sprint Classic tyres with new tubes. In addition, any items reported were attended to, including the speedometer and tachometer were sent for service to Speedograph Lichfield, and a new lightweight alternator from Cambridge Motorsport was fitted with new a belt. The mileage recorded was 49968 and is accompanied by a letter from Le Riche confirming that reflected less than 2000 miles since the restoration.
Once the TR was delivered to me, I contacted the owners’ club for advice on a local support and was recommended to specialist Rees Bros and, when I took the car to introduce myself and ask advice, their feedback after inspection was “one of the best we have seen”. It was interesting, too, to hear the view that buying now the TR4 chassis had benefits over the later TR4A.
It was stored in a Carcoon during the winter. It received a new MoT 6th April, passing without any advisories and with complimentary comments from the Tester. Mileage now is 50,490.
As can be seen in the photographs the current condition is simply stunning and a testament to the quality of the original work, and careful storage since. The paint gleams, the chrome is like new, the wooden dash beautiful and the interior confirms the lightest of use. The hood has no cracking or yellowing. Equipment includes: mohair hood, unmarked tonneau, inertia reel belts, Motolita leather wheel, Minilite alloy wheels, virtually unused steel spare. Two sets of keys. Handbook and workshop manual.
The TR is fabulous to drive. As one would expect from the engine specification, it pulls really strongly with compelling acceleration. The engine’s torque makes it effortless. There is little roll in even fast corners and the brakes are extremely effective – pulling the car up sharply, and evenly, without drama. With the combination of the induction roar from the Webers and the big bore exhaust it sounds wonderful. I have owned three big Healeys and in my opinion this is much more fun to drive and at a fraction of the comparable cost.
The documentation for UK registration is underway (the NOVA has been received complete from Customs & Excise), I have been waiting until there was no sight of road salt before getting the MoT to start the process. The car is located in West Sussex, about 12 miles from Goodwood.
There is a genuine reason for sale. And one which has caused considerable reflection. I am a long term enthusiast with an eclectic collection of classics and motorcycles. In short, I came out of retirement in December to start a new business venture and simply cannot find the time needed for this and the ongoing demands of keeping the classics in perfect order (I don’t think I realised just how much time I spend on them) and it has become painfully clear that the only manageable way forward is to reduce the collection.
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This is a beautiful and extremely characterful classic. To restore one to this level and specification would now surely cost in excess of £50,000, plus a high-quality donor vehicle. The quality of the restoration is clearly evident and is supported by extensive history and photographs. That it has been carefully stored and cared for – and only covered 2500 miles since - make it exceptional value.
It has undergone thorough recommissioning by the original restorer and is thus well-sorted and ready to be enjoyed ….