1965 Triumph TR4A British Racing Green Wire Wheel Roadster One Owner From Estate

Price: US $32,500.00 Item location: Canton, Georgia, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Triumph
  • Model: TR4A
  • Type: Convertible
  • Year: 1965
  • Mileage: 39,158
  • VIN: CT51696L
  • Color: British Racing Green
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!
Description:

1965 Triumph TR4A

SEE MY OTHER AUCTIONS FOR MORE VINTAGE CAR PARTS AND ACCESSORIES

Further cleanout of surplus vintage cars and parts: This is a no reserve auction and the TR4A will be sold regardless of price, on or off auction.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:

Am 76 and it's time to let go of my British car collection. Started collecting cars about 50 years ago and the main objective was to buy one owner, original paint, rust free cars for pleasure and investment. Hard task. Most were junk or so called "restored" cars. Good true original survivors have disappeared and the majority of the leftovers are either "weekend restored" cars, rusty beaters, money pits or overpriced trailer queens with a dubious history. An unrestored original, even though it may have some faults, gives you an accurate assessment of it's overall REAL condition along with plenty of character (or the nauseating word "patina"). This Triumph TR4A is one of those cars. Fresh originality, nothing is hidden and it is not something that was put together with Chinese parts, body filler and glitzy paint covering who knows what. It is an authentic one owner (am technically the 2nd owner) 1965 Triumph TR4A, matching numbers, mostly original factory paint, unrestored, unmodified, rust free original survivor roadster as shown. I have known this car and it's original owner since it was special ordered at the dealership in Huntsville Alabama in 1965 and have been trying to buy it since 1984, when the owner died. His widow had an emotional attachment to the car and put it in storage in 84. I called on and off about buying the car and recently she finally agreed to sell it to me because her husband and I were friends. (now that I'm ready to croak myself). It was never driven in the wet and was garaged in the owners climate controlled building. It is just a pleasure to look at and admire. The lines and gaps on the car are as straight and perfect as new. The best original Triumph I have ever seen in my life and it would be impossible for me to find a car like this today. I will answer all email questions.

As of this writing Hagertys classic car values the 1965 Triumph TR4A at $12,300 fair, $20,100 good, $32,500 excellent and $47,800 concours. The condition of this Triumph is at least excellent and more than likely better than excellent. It is also a good investment, as unlike most cars, the value will probably increase over time.

There are more cars and motorcycles that will be on my ebay at a later date including A beautiful one owner Primrose yellow 1972 Jaguar XKE coupe, Green 1968 MGC 4 speed overdrive roadster, Powder blue Triumph TR3 roadster, 1974 Laverda 750SFC competition motorcycle and a tandem axle car trailer - don't miss them.

ENGINE:

Excellent original matching numbers engine. Starts easily with the key and runs on it's own original fuel tank. Runs very smooth and quiet. Idles fine. The oil is clean and clear. Excellent oil pressure, even when warm on idle. No smoke, knocking or other noises. Original carburetors have been cleaned and adjusted. Original AC fuel pump was cleaned and rebuilt. Good original radiator. Most water hoses are 50 year old originals and may need replacing - hard to imagine they still don't leak and the engine runs at a perfect cool temperature even on a prolonged idle in 90 degree weather. Alternator works well. Engine number is CT50714E.

TRANSMISSION/CLUTCH:

Original matching numbers TR4A all syncro 4 speed transmission, non overdrive. Shifts very well through all of the gears, exactly like these transmissions normally function. Clutch master and slave cylinders are brand new.

ENGINE COMPARTMENT:

Showroom condition. Solid and straight. No rust, no damage. New battery. Everything is stock factory original. All serial, engine and body plates are intact. Everything works.

TRUNK COMPARTMENT:

Solid, nice and straight with no rust or damage. Correct 60 spoke original spare wire wheel. Spare tire is a new old stock 1:65 X 15.

SHEET METAL BODY PANELS:

Die straight, damage and rust free original throughout. Not a hint of even surface rust anywhere. I removed the original door panels to check the inside of the doors and their bottoms - they are both like brand spanking new. The door panels had never been off - all the clips and screws are original. The clear plastic barrier inside of the doors was still untouched and intact from 1965. Just a beautiful sight. An extremely straight original car having no accident or other damage problems. The doors are like new with zero rust or damage and they open and shut solidly with no sagging. The door bottoms are solid as new. The inner rockers are solid as new. Fender bottoms are solid as new. Outer rockers are solid as new. ZERO rust. Original floors.

EXTERIOR BODY PARTS:

Everything is original and in beautiful condition. Bumpers, bumper guards, bumper brackets, tail lights, grille, headlight assemblys and all the minor trim is still original, straight excellent condition. Nothing bent or dinged. For 52 years old all of the trim is simply amazing.

GLASS:

The side windows are perfect original with no damage and roll up and down like new. The windshield is original and excellent except for some very minor wiper blade marks. The tops rear window is a zip out model.

CHASSIS:

The frame is in excellent, straight, undamaged, unrotted condition as shown with only normal surface dusting.

INTERIOR/Upholstery:

The interior is in close to new condition. All soft, supple and vibrant - no hardening. Original door panels, fender well upholstery, back fuel tank firewall, side B pillar upholstery. The floor carpeting is not glued down. The seats were recovered sometime in the past. Seat frames are excellent. For some reason my $20 camera insists on making certain black objects look red or purple but anything you see in the photos that looks red or purple is actually jet black - like the seat belts for instance.

DASH AREA:

Dash board is the excellent original with a few minor surface stress cracks in the varnish. Working: Speedometer (shows 39158 miles), odometer, trip meter, tachometer, lights, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, water temp gauge, ammeter, carburetor choke, bonnet release handle, fresh air center vent, turn signals, windshield wipers, horns, heater fan. Has the original Triumph AM pushbutton radio that was working and now is not - may be something simple.

TOP:

The original top frame is excellent and undamaged in the correct tan color. The convertible top was recently installed professionally with a correct factory NOS zip out window top that came with the car in the original box.

PAINT:

All original factory Triumph racing green with the exception of the trunk lid surface area where the widopw had it repainted before storing the car because she said there were some small scratches on it. Upon close inspection I can confirm that it must have been very minor scratches because the underside of the trunk lid is the original factory paint with zero damage and no filler, dings or problems of any kind. Strictly factory original. No matter, if she hadn't told me I would never have known. The original paint has a few minor worn spots as shown on the drivers door top (where ones arm/elbow would be hanging out), left rear fender and carburetor clearance bulge (from polishing over the years). Has a beautiful bright, deep shine to it. No rust, no body filler. The hood has a few very very minor dings that are very hard to see unless you look at it on an angle in the sunlight. (Very few and almost not worth mentioning).

AIR CONDITIONING:

None. Aftermarket air conditioners can be installed if need be - the new units are excellent, compact and very efficient.

TIRES & WHEELS:

The five 60 spoke wire wheels are in excellent condition. All 5 tires are new old stock 1:65 X 15's. All are old but in excellent unchecked condition and useable.

EXHAUST:

Useable as is but there is a leak in the pipes going through the middle X frame panel that is hard to see and get to so some minor work will be needed there.

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES:

All original suspension and braking mechanisms are intact. Nothing missing. The brakes are new. New master cylinder and new wheel cylinders. Emergency brake assembly is intact and works fine.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Car starts, runs, drives and stops. Steers easily. It has not been taken on the road due to no insurance/license plates for a shakedown cruise and may need some minor adjustments. And may not. It has been driven up and down my driveway, which is about 1/10th mile long and drives excellent but should be properly road tested and exercised.

PAPERWORK:

Includes the original Triumph TR4A Owners manual and Service record book. As indicated on the British Motor Industry Heritage certificate, which is included, the car was built on March 2nd, 1965 and shipped on March 23rd, 1965 to Standard Triumph Motor Inc, Jacksonville, Florida. Shipped from the Queen Alexandra Dock, Cardiff aboard the vessel Brynje. THERE IS NO TITLE but I do have a current Georgia State registration in my name which is usually sufficient to obtain a title in most States - if you really want or need one. Alabama or Georgia never issued titles on these old cars years ago and a title is not required to register, license and drive a classic car in these and most other States and they have reciprocal agreements between States for classic cars. Check your local regulations - they do vary. Also, if you really want a title (to hang up on the wall) most States will issue a title upon having the local police inspect the VIN on the car.

FACTORY ID PLATES: The Vehicle identification ID plate, body plate and engine number are intact and correct. The vehicle serial number is CT51696L.

REVIEW: A beautiful survivor like this comes along "once in a blue moon". I would keep it if I was younger.

INSPECTION OF CAR: It is difficult at best to describe something as complex as a vehicle and it is highly recommended that you personally inspect the car or have a 3rd party inspect it for you. I can accomodate anyone to show them the car. If you elect not to do this you will have one of three outcomes after purchasing the car. #1. The car will be exactly as you thought it would be from the auction description and photos and you will be happy. #2. The car will be less than you thought it would be and you will be unhappy. #3. The car will be more than you thought it would be and you will be more than happy, and I will be the same in each case. It is described to the best of my ability along with many good photos but it is the bidders ultimate responsibility to ensure that what he thinks he is getting is indeed one in the same and something he will be happy with. I have purchased and sold roughly 25 autos through ebay over the past 18 years and also many more over the telephone and have always had excellent results and complete satisfaction from the buyers but I do my due diligence and suggest you do the same.

SHIPPING: I have shipped many cars to all parts of the world over the years and can assist the buyer with transport or completely arrange transport. The car is in a secure place at my home. You can collect the car there. I can assist with loading. The car can stay here for up to 30 days from the close of the auction.

PAYMENT & BIDDING: Contact me if you have less than 5 feedbacks or your bid WILL be cancelled. A $1000 non refundable deposit via Paypal is due immediately after the auction closes. The balance is due within 5 days via priority or overnight mail with a bank cashiers check or cash. No Paypal for the balance. Payment is to be made IN ADVANCE of collecting the car. IN ADVANCE, BEFORE YOU COLLECT THE CAR - This is an auction and you have plenty of time to inspect the car personally or have a 3rd party inspect the car - inspections are welcome and encouraged. Full payment is due BEFORE the car is collected. Winning the auction does not mean that you now have the privilege of coming to inspect the car to see if you like it - if that is your intention, please do not bid on the car. If you cannot trust me, my reputation, the description and the extensive photos then it is your responsibility to inspect the car yourself or have a third party inspect it for you. When the auction is over, it is your car and payment is due at the close of the auction per these instructions. I have sold approximately 25 cars and motorcycles on ebay and they all have been a bargain. This one certainly is. No Paypal for the balance.

SEE MY OTHER AUCTIONS FOR MORE VINTAGE CAR PARTS AND ACCESSORIES

tr4a Photo gallery
click to enlarge

Photo gallery
click to enlarge MG MGA MGB MGTC MGTD MGTF MG PA PB TA TB MGC GT Magnette Midget Twin Cam Type D J1 J2 Airline F K L NA KN Magna Triumph TR2 TR3 TR4 Herald Spitfire GT6 Tickford Triumph TR2 TR3 TR3A TR3B TR4 TR4A TR5 TR250 TR6 TR7 TR8 Stag GT6 Spitfire 1800 2000 Mayflower Reknown Dolomite Vitesse Gloria Herald TVR Grantura Griffith Tuscan Vixen 2500 M Taimar 280i Tasmin Chimera MG MGA MGB MGTC MGTD MGTF MG PA PB TA TB MGC GT Magnette Midget Twin Cam Type D J1 J2 Airline F K L NA KN Magna Nash Healey C Jaguar XK XK120 140 150 XKE MK2 MK5 MK7 MK8 MK9 MK10 420 SS D C 2.4 3.4 3.8 4.2 C D Lister SS90 X E Type Daimler SP250 Dart