1968 Triumph TR5

Gooding & Company Geared Online Scottsdale 2022
Monday, 24 January - Friday, 28 January
Sale Price
$90,000 - $100,000
Est. Range
28 January 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 1CP1970LP; Engine no. CP2311E. Black with white Surrey hardtop over red leather piped in cream. 2498/150hp, Lucas fuel injection, 4-speed, Surrey top, Borrani wire wheels, Michelin X red line tires, jack and tools.

Evaluation: Very good paint and chrome with a handful of chips. Beautiful interior. Clean, correct engine bay and underbody. A well-kept older restoration of a top-spec Triumph that was never sold in the US and never had any performance choked out from federal emissions regulations.

Bottom Line: The TR5 is the best of both worlds for Triumph fans in that it combines the TR4’s more attractive Michelotti-penned styling with the extra grunt and lovely sound of the TR6’s 2.5-liter straight-six. Over on our shores we got an Americanized version called the TR250, but here the Triumph six always came with twin Zenith-Strombergs and was down on power compared to the punchy fuel-injected TR5s in Europe.

Triumph sold fewer than 3000 TR5s so they’re rare anywhere and especially in America, so this well-presented and well-optioned (Surrey hardtop and wire wheels) car was a highlight even if it isn’t the most exotic or valuable thing in the world. This is a strong but fair price for it and for the new owner it’ll be a highlight at any British car show, at least to those who know what it is.

by Andrew Newton
4 February 2022
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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