1968 Triumph TR5 PI
Very smart example
with extensive history file; Surrey top and soft top; featured in 'Original TR';
Ziebarted from new
Built for one year only from 1967-68, the TR5 is the
rarest and most sought-after of the Michelotti/Karmann-styled Triumph TR
Virtually identical to the TR4, the TR5’s trump card lay
under the bonnet which boasted a 2.5-litre straight-six fuel-injected engine
developing around 150bhp. Triumph claimed in their sales brochure that it was
the first British production sports car to feature petrol injection. This unit
could propel the car from 0 to 60mph in just 6.5 seconds and on to a top speed
Standard equipment included front disc brakes,
all-independent suspension, rack and pinion steering and a four-speed gearbox.
Optional extras included overdrive, wire wheels and a Surrey Top with detachable
roof panel. Only 1,161 were built for the British market, against almost 8,500
left-hand drive TR250s for America which were more or less identical but with
carburettors in place of fuel injection. Only 535 TR5 models are still UK
registered today and all are highly sought after.
Dating from September 1968, this TR5 has had just three
owners in the last 28 years and appears to be in remarkably good and original
condition throughout, having been Ziebart-protected from new (hence the
discolouration you can see in some of the detail pictures on the website). It
was bought by the current owner at Brightwells in 2015, showing some 79,350
miles on the clock which may well be genuine and is partially backed up by the
large history file which extends back to the 1980s. Having only covered another
350 miles since, it has obviously only been used sparingly in the last six years
so it may need some fine tuning before being taken out on a regular basis. As
further testament to the correctness of the car, it is also extensively featured
in Bill Piggott’s book ‘Original Triumph TR’.
Looking lovely in white with a black vinyl interior and
painted wire wheels, it is equipped with a good soft top and also a desirable
Surrey Top which allows not only wind-in-the-hair summer fun but also snug
year-round motoring. Other features include a stainless steel sports exhaust
(which sounds wonderful), electronic ignition, spin-off oil filter conversion,
oil cooler, Mota-Lita woodrim steering wheel and a stainless steel luggage rack.
Clearly a cherished machine, it comes with many invoices
to show regular upkeep including a full repaint in 1988 which is starting to
show a few signs of age in several places; reconditioned diff in 1989; new front
shock absorbers in 2001; reconditioned gearbox, new clutch kit, Bosch fuel pump
conversion and new radiator in 2002; new suspension bushes in 2009; new clutch
master cylinder in 2012 plus numerous other items. With so few miles since 2015
it could do with a check-over, but it has been sensibly stored and very much
runs and drives.
Please note that the V5C incorrectly records the engine
number as 308A28 whereas it should be CP2928HE.
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