On the Block: 1967 TR5

The leading classic car restorer Classic Motor Cars will be selling the first production right-hand drive 1967 TR5 Roadster. This is a real beauty and a special car. The ’67 Triumph was the first TR5 P1 to be built on the normal assembly line, and is one of only 1,100 to be produced.

Manufactured on August 29, 1967 by Standard Triumph Motor Company Limited, the car went into the Press Fleet and appeared at the Earls Court Motor Show of that time. The production of TR5 models lasted 13 months (between August 1967-September 1968), and they were built with a 2.5, straight-6, fuel-injected engine, with 145 horsepower. Fuel injection was very rare in those days, which meant Triumph would claim this TR5 to be the “first British production sports car with petrol injection.”

According to Managing Director of CMC, Nick Goldthorp, “this TR5 is in very original condition, having been maintained to a high standard throughout the last 48 years. A comprehensive and detailed history file confirms the provenance of this distinctive and historic car.” thumbs_dsc00222

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The TR5 is unique inside and out. The interior is impressively intact, notes Goldthorp, and the mechanics have been rebuilt using genuine Stanpart parts. All of the parts have accompanying documentation as to the authenticity of the parts.

The car’s exterior color-Valencia Blue with Black Ambala interior is a classic gem and will be priced at 79, 500 pounds. On display this Friday October 30, through November 1 at the Classic and Sports Car show at Alexandra Palace in England, the 1967 TR5 will make a nice addition to any serious car collection.

Classic Motor Cars (www.classic-motor-cars.co.uk), based in the United Kingdom was founded in 1993 and is staffed by a team of highly experienced engineers. Operating from a 40,000-square foot premises, CMC also provides 24,000 feet of specialized storage space for classic and sports cars.

The 1967 TR5 was the successor to the Michelotti-styled TR4, and predecessor to the TR4A. Almost identical to the TR4, the TR5, as mentioned above was a different kind of bird. The Lucas petrol injection system was cause for frequent intermittent power failure when the fuel tank was no more than a quarter full. To provide fresh fuel at the distributor, unused fuel was returned to the tank where it entered close to the high-pressure fuel pump.

Some of you may remember the infamous failure-to-start features of the Triumph and MG sports cars. Whenever the fuel level fell below critical (about 3 gallons), sloshing would cause the pump to pick up a slightly aerated mixture which was sent to the fuel distributor. The unused fuel would then be passed back to the tank and was discharged close to the pump, a proportion of it being picked up and recycled to the distributor.

As this cycle was repeated, the volume of air in the pumped fuel reached a level where it began to affect the running of the engine. Adding just one gallon of gasoline seemed to cure the problem. But a frustrating experience for any driver of these Triumphs.

This problem was corrected by utilizing a petrol tank designed for the fuel-injected model.

Some of the TR5 specs included:

Class: Sports car, front engine, rear-wheel-drive
Engine: 2.5-liter, straight-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual, optional Overdrive
Width: 58 in.
Length: 154 in.
Height: 46 in.
Weight: 2,271 lbs.
Price in 1968: 1,260 lbs.
Options: wire wheels: 38 lbs.; Overdrive: 60 lbs., Tonneau cover: 13 lbs.
Colors: New White, Triumph Racing Green, Signal Red, Jasmine Yellow, Royal Blue, Valencia Blue

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