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  • Triumph TR250 (TR5) 1968 (F) Red

    Description

    Triumph had originally planned to replace the TR4A in the summer of 1967 with the car that eventually became known as the TR6. However, as legend has it, the Germans at Karmann who designed the body of the new model supplied all the tooling specifications in metric units. Unfortunately, the Brits were still employing the good old Imperial system and the resultant confusion delayed the TR6 for over a year. Thus the TR5/TR250 was launched in its place, destined to live for just 15 glorious months.

    The car was identical to the TR4A with the same gorgeous Michelotti-styled bodywork, front disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering and independent rear suspension, but with one crucial difference. Under the bonnet lurked not the TR4A's agricultural 2138cc four-cylinder, but a 2.5-litre inline six. Creamy smooth and with bags of torque, in fuel-injected form the 150bhp engine could propel the TR5 from 0-60mph in just 8.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 125mph.
    However, stringent emissions regulations meant that the American market had to make do with a twin Stromberg carburettor version, the TR250. This was 39bhp down on the TR5, but it was still beautifully smooth and was only 2 seconds off the 0-60 pace and 14mph shy of its top speed – still more than a match for its big rival, the Healey 3000.

    Completely rebuilt to near 'Concours' standard and probably one of the best examples currently for sale, this absolutely stunning Triumph TR250 (TR5) is a Matching Numbers car and according to the BMIHT Heritage Certificate - Chassis No: CD/6774-L and Engine No: CC/6665-E and was built in Coventry on 2nd July 1968 and exported to the Leyland Motor Corporation of North America in Baltimore, Maryland on 19th July 1968 and registered there shortly after.

    The car was imported to the UK in 1998 and was stored for a number of years before being purchased by Essex County Classics in Tillingham, Essex who commenced the restoration of the car.

    The car was stripped down to its bare chassis which was cleaned and repainted and the body-shell was stripped to bare metal and repainted in its original colour of Signal Red. Mechanical works included a conversion to RHD, a full Engine rebuild with lightened and balanced con rods with new pistons & rings, lightened and balanced flywheel, uprated fast road Camshaft, ported and polished Unleaded Cylinder Head with matching inlet and exhaust manifolds, Sports Exhaust System, new Fuel Injection system including unleaded metering unit, aluminium water pump housing, aluminium back plate, aluminium baffled sump, full Gearbox and Overdrive rebuild, rebuilt rear axle and differential with new drive shafts. On a rolling road, the car will now produce almost 170bhp!

    The car was also fitted with new interior including Black Leather Sports seats piped in White with head restraints, new trim panels, new carpets, refurbished 'Surrey Top' with both Hard & Soft top options, all Chrome fittings have either been re-chromed or renewed, new windscreen and door glass, new light units, new Rubber seals, Polybushed Suspension, all new Brakes including front Discs, Brake Calipers and new rear brakes, all associated pipework, hoses and hydraulics, new Clutch including hydraulics, new wiring looms, engine ancillaries, new interior trim, new stove enamelled 6.5J Wire Wheels and new Triumph TR5 Pi badges.

    Since completion, the car has covered less than 100 miles and is ostensibly still running in!

    Unfortunately there is no early history from the USA and the mileage shown on the speedometer is now 37,500, but we doubt that this is its original mileage from new, although it is possible of course!

    If you are looking for one of the best TR250/TR5's currently available for sale, this has to be a serious contender.

    Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake.

    Specification

    • Type -

      Convertible

    • Year -

      1968

    • Basic colour -

      Red

    • Colour name -

      Signal

    • Transmission -

      Manual with Overdrive

    • Orientation -

      Right Hand Drive

    • Trim -

      Ambla

    • Wheels -

      Wire

    £ 49,995


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