Police-owned Triumph TR4 brings $43,000 at auction

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Period photo of the TR4 and one of its officers | H&H Classics photos

Hopefully you remember our recent story about the 1962 Triumph TR4 that British police in Southend-on-Sea used as a chase vehicle back in the day but now was heading to auction. Well, the car sold for £34,500 ($43,060) at the H&H Classics sale at Buxton, England. 

Overall, the collector car auction generated £1.3 million ($1.62 million) in sales with a 70 percent sell-through rate, the auction house announced.

Among other highlights of the sale were:

  • A 1965 Jaguar Mk2, a one-owner car purchased new by a man, now 90, who was among the last people to catch a flight out of Berlin on the eve of World War 2. The car sold at Buxton for £14,605 ($18,230).
  • A 1957 Morgan Plus 4 sold new to George Pridmore in the United States and raced by him in SCCA competition at various West Coast tracks. Pridmore sold the car to another racer, Robert Crussell, who upfitted front disc brakes. Crussell sold the car to Roy “Grump” Pogue, who did additional upgrades. The car continued to race under various owners, including in the Goodwood Revival in 1999. The car sold at the auction for £23,288 ($29,070).
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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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