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Parked Since the 80s: 1967 Triumph TR4A

This seller on eBay has a history of digging out some incredible garage finds of classic vehicles and motorcycles that haven’t turned a wheel in many years. The assortment focuses on attainable classics, so most of what he posts for sale is within reach for mere mortals. The latest find he’s posted up for sale is this stalled restoration project of a 1967 Triumph TR4A, which appears to have a decent body and sorted engine bay but clearly still needs final buttoning up. Find it here on eBay where bidding has reached $6,600 with no reserve.

One of the first things you notice is how the Triumph is sitting on the front suspension. It’s clearly not adjusted properly, and the seller acknowledges as much. This is a car that looks to have been coming back into the final assembly phase before the owner passed away. Unfortunately, if there wasn’t someone working closely with him during those assembly phases, it’s going to be difficult for the heirs to pick up where he left off. The chrome bumpers appear to be in excellent condition, and the same goes for the wire wheels.

The top frame has been installed and the interior fully gutted of any carpeting or sound deadening. It would appear this was a fairly exhaustive restoration, with the Triumph essentially stripped own in preparation for bodywork and/or paint. The paint does look clean enough to suggest it is recent, but whether it’s to a high degree of quality will require in-person inspection. The seller does note that there are numerous spare parts in boxes, including a once-brand new interior kit, that sadly can no longer be considered “new” in condition.

Details like those indicate this Triumph perhaps sat longer than we may have originally thought based on its clean condition in photos. The good news is the engine isn’t locked up and the Triumph still rolls and steers freely, so hopefully it won’t take another decade or more to get it back on the road. This is a no reserve listing, so someone will be taking this stalled Triumph project home – do you think bids will stay under $10,000?

Comments

  1. Mark Ruggiero Member

    Looks to be an overdrive car. A pretty valuable combination if properly put together, and you can do the work yourself.

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  2. Thomas Lane

    It’s not just a TR4-A, it’s an IRS car. I don’t see any button on the shift knob for the Laycock-DeNormanville electric overdrive. The fact that it’s an IRS makes it pretty rare, as they discontinued the TR$ in favor of the TR-6 the next year.Yeah, I used to work for a BMC/Leyland dealer when that car was new.

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    • James Mulhauser

      My 67-TR4A was an IRS with overdrive, too. But the overdrive control was a control arm like the blinker control…
      Just on the other side.

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    • Mark Ruggiero Member

      The OD switch is visible opposite the turn signals on the column.
      There are those that claim the live axle cars are in fact more predictable handlers. I’ve never driven an IRS but I’ve got seat time in TR6s, always loved the way they squatted down when you nailed the gas. Never driven any of them in anger. Either way, this car will eventually make someone a very pretty ride.
      And here, fwiw, is a BAT listing that just came up, it too has the stalk on the rh side of the column, but it is not listed as an OD car…
      https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1966-triumph-tr4a-irs-19/

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  3. Brian M Member

    Not originally an overdrive vehicle as there would be an “O” following the “L” in the VIN.
    Door gaps are kind of scary, especially the passenger side where the rear lower corner overlaps the rear quarter.
    All suspension bushings will need renewing just because of their age and the fact that they are rubber.
    OK project at the current price but not much more.

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  4. Dennis Bailey

    Sold. 7k.

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