TR4A Time: Well Maybe Some Day…

'67 TR4 rear right

It appears that from 1965 to 1967, 28,465 Triumph TR4As were produced.  How many are left?  When was the last time you saw one?  Listed here on craigslist and parked in Milford, New Jersey is this 1967 Triumph TR4A priced at $2,500 or best offer!

'67 TR4A engine

The seller says that “judging from the engine, it seems to have had performance upgrades, by the thickness of the push rods, twin exhaust system etc.”  There is an aftermarket hard hood (top) and knockoffs that are on the car included in the purchase price.  The seller says the car does not run but everything is intact.  We don’t know if the engine can be spun by hand, starter or at all?

'67 TR4A boot

There is a fifth knockoff spare wheel.  It appears it may not hold any pressure at this point.

'67 TR4A int

The seller says that there isn’t much history known of this TR4A other than this car was, wait for it, “pampered until the former owner could not enjoy the vehicle because of medical challenges.”  “Pampered” is not the term that comes to mind after reviewing these images.

'67 TR4A rust

Is there enough left here to save this TR4A?  There are no images of the underside to see just how much rust is present.

'67 TR4A front

The seller says that TR4s are increasingly popular and are rarely on the market for sale.  We are reminded in the ad that an A+ condition unit sells for $17 to $35K.  The seller may be referring to a car in a number 1 condition?  So, what would it take to get this one to a “3”?  Is it worth it?

Motor-on,
Robert

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Comments

  1. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    Can it be fixed? Absolutely. But the price needs to go down considerably. If you’re in the market, much more solid cars can be found for $4-5k if you can afford the initial expenditure. Bear one thing in mind; while most of the TR6 replacement panels on the market are made from the original tooling, the same is not true for the TR4/4A models, so fitment of patch or replacement panels will require more work to get them right.

  2. Brian S

    I don’t see anything to suggest performance upgrades on that engine. It looks bone stock. This is an IRS model, so the frame is likely beyond repair. Replacement parts for these are fairly plentiful and relatively cheap, but it adds up fast. Frames are available new for $3K.

    I’m currently restoring one of these that I bought for $500 in 1987. I always thought it was a pretty solid car until I had it media blasted… needless to say the metal work is costing me thousands. Replacement floors and inner sills are still factory tooled, but as mentioned above, exterior panels are not and most are poor quality. Best to patch the originals if possible.

    That said, this is probably a fair price on this one if the motor is not siezed. Will not be a quick winter project though…

    • Michael Rogers

      Right on Brian! you bought yours so YOU could redo it and have a fun car at a price you can afford. We once had a hobby of playing with sports cars, now most are looking for an investment.
      BIG difference!

  3. Nick G

    This car isn’t worth fixing. If the upside looks this bad, without a doubt the frame is unusable. Not certain, but it looks like there is the overdrive stalk on the right of the steering column. $4-5k for an O/D drive train and perhaps a hood? If those are the parts you need for your puzzle, maybe, but it still seems a stiff price.

  4. Dolphin Member

    Hard sell, from the silly VIN to the overstated description. Life’s too short to deal with this seller and pay good money to take over his problems. Pay more and get a good one.

  5. Chebby

    It looks like something a baby would deposit in Pampers.

  6. 64 bonneville

    I think he forgot the decimal point after the 5 in the ad.

  7. Ross W. Lovell

    Greetings All,

    It’s only a parts car, and the drivetrain even with overdrive doesn’t warrant that amount of money.
    If he gets more than $1500.00 he ought to stop buying lottery tickets, as he used up is quota of unbelievable luck.

  8. Woodie Man

    Looks like its been submerged in water….Sandy maybe?

  9. Mark S Member

    This car would be a good project for a guy with fabrication skills a rusty frame can be rebuilt with new metal and for best results a TIG welder. The problem is that fewer and fewer guys have the skill and are willing to do there own work. When you farm out all the work that is when you will find that your budget is blown in short order. This is what makes most vintage cars not worth doing. I’m a welder and a mechanic which gives me an unfair advantage when it come to do it yourself restoration, but any one wanting to dig in and get there hands dirty can pick up enough skills by taking night classes. I’m here to tell you, you will find it very rewarding building up a car yourself. Your pride in ownership will also go way up. You guys that are new to the car hobby the best thing that you can do to get started is buy an old four door something you can get cheep and just have fun with. Dig in see if you get it running on your own, don’t be afraid to experiment on it. If you mess it up who cares, as long as your learning something, you might even surprise yourself.

  10. Mike S

    Too much money for too little car. You will need a bucket of money to make it right. The car is a viable project but consider the 3 primary factors before jumping in. TIME, SPACE, & MONEY, if you don’t have all three 2 years from now we will be looking at this add again only with a different phone number.

  11. Cx

    I made an appointment to see this car. Waited several hours, drove an hour, guy did not show. You take it from there…

  12. Keith

    It’s here in NJ, expect it to be rusted all to hell.

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