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First TR5 offered for sale at British classic car show


First 1967 Triumph TR5 being shown and is for sale at Classic & Sports Car show in London | CMC photos

The first production Triumph TR5 roadster, a right-hand-drive 1967 model, will be offered for sale this weekend at the Classic & Sports Car show in London’s Alexandra Palace.

The “P1” car is the first of 1,100 produced. It rolled off the assembly line August 29, 1967, at Standard Triumph Motor Company Limited, went into the company’s press test fleet and then appeared at the Earls Court motor show.

“This TR5 is in very original condition throughout, having been serviced and maintained to a high standard throughout the last 48 years,” Nick Goldthorp, managing director of Classic Motor Cars, said in a news release. “A comprehensive and detailed history file confirms the provenance of this distinctive and historic car, which will certainly be a great addition to any car collection.”

The interior

TR5s were produced over a 13-month period, as a bridge between the four-cylinder TR4A and the all-new TR6 for 1969. They are powered by a 2.5-liter straight-6 engine that uses fuel injection to produce 145 horsepower. In advertising, Triumph claimed the car was the “first British production sports car with petrol injection.”

In the U.S., the car was known as the TR250 with the six-cylinder engine carbureted  rather than fuel injected.  The engine was retained by the TR6 when that sports car arrived in the U.S.

Classic Motor Cars reports the car’s interior “has been upheld to an impressive standard over the years,” and adds, “The car’s mechanics have been rebuilt using only genuine Stanpart parts where needed. Furthermore, all the parts that have been replaced over time are accompanied by their respective documents, confirming their authenticity.

The car wears Valencia Blue paint with Blank Ambala interior and is being offered for £79,500 (more than $121,000).

The Classic & Sports Car show runs October 30-November 1.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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