Revised Roadster keeps up with the times
With the best of British at its heels
Triumph had earned itself a reputation for capable sports cars since the early fifties when they introduced the TR-2. Since that time they continued to develop the Roadster by refining the engine and tweaking the aesthetics to suit changing styles. In 1964 the Triumph TR-4A was launched with very little exterior change from its predecessor the TR-4,however underneath was a different story.
The original TR-4 was launched in 1961 with a radical restyle by the famous freelance designer Giovanni Michelotti. The new improved roadster had sharp modern lines and wind up windows with face level air vents, a first of its kind. Purists accused Triumph of going soft with these practical features and the Americans were so worried they continue to order the TR-3A’s from the UK for fear the new model wouldn’t sell. The TR-4A had a wider track and had gained independent rear suspension making Triumph the only British car manufacturer to have IRS under all cars in their line up.
Today the TR-4A is one of the best classic British roadsters of its time and combines traditional qualities and state of the art engineering together to make the perfect car for Sunday morning drives in the country, sounds perfect.
|Years Produced||1964 - 1967|
|Performance||0 - 60mph 10.9sec / Top Speed - 109mph|
|Power & Torque||104bhp / 132Ib ft|
|Engine||2138cc / four cylinder / 8 valves|
|Drive-train||Front engine RWD|
|Transmission||Four speed manual with overdrive|
VALUATION SINCE LAUNCH
With values constantly rising the classic range of Triumph Roadsters will always be of historic value as well as being a joy to drive on the open road.
A BUYERS GUIDE
As values continue to increase on these classic roadsters if you’re to buy one make sure it’s worth it before you part with your hard earned cash. Take a good look at the exterior and make sure all the panels align neatly as this could mean poor repairs.
Corrosion is the classic cars nemesis and on a vehicle from the sixties it could be lurking anywhere so check carefully. Bubbles in the paint work are a giveaway so inspect where panels meet for signs. Other significant areas to check are sills, wings, boot floor and bulk head.
Engines are strong and long lasting which means they are good for about 150,000 miles before a rebuild. The beauty of these engines is lowdown torque resulting in no need to over rev to get the best out of the car; they perform at their optimum around 4000 rpm. Do check for leaks however and listen to the car on your test drive as big end rumble can be bad news.
Transmissions can have problems so make sure the gears are smooth as they are prone to failing synchromesh also make sure the overdrive is working correctly. Steering on the TR-4A is accurate so anything else could be a problem such a worn rack or perhaps rubber mounts.
Brakes are front discs and rear drums so make sure it stops straight. The handbrakes are notoriously weak so don’t expect too much and best to leave it in gear when you park.
Electrics can have their problems, so go for one with an alternator (optional on the TR-4A) and make sure everything works. Also Interiors can prove expensive to replace so make sure it’s in good shape. Also interiors can prove expensive to replace so establish it’s in good shape, making sure to check carpets for any damp.
INSURING A Triumph TR-4A (1964 – 1967)
A classic roadster is ideal for weekend driving. Which means you probably won’t be doing many miles a year. This is good news for your insurance premium. At Heritage Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in-house agreed value serviceand salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.
- Quotations based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.
Annual premium – £91.80 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
- Quotations based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.
Annual premium – £103.84 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
- Quotations based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30.
Annual premium – £141.40 with a £100 accidental damage excess.
*NB: All insurance quotes based on the same criteria:
- The vehicle garaged overnight.
- The insurer has no record of accidents, claims or convictions
- The insurer drives a main car daily and doesn’t exceed a mileage of 3000 per annum.
All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £25,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out March 2016.
Perhaps the rarest production TR4 model is the Dove GTR4 (and GTR4A) – a TR4 rebuilt as a coupé by a specialist coachbuilder for the Dove dealership in Wimbledon, London; only 43 were produced with only a dozen of these still in existence today.
Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says
“We are all familiar with the phrase if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Well this certainly would apply to the Triumph TR models; they have always been prolific sports cars that evolved as did technology and engineering, ensuring they always remained current. The quintessentially British roadster is still a great weekend drive and plays a huge part in historic motoring today.”