1963 Triumph TR4 Surrey Top

Other than the 1800/2000 roadsters, the TR2 was the first, true postwar Triumph sports car. It was superceded in 1955 by the TR3, which was simply an evolution of the TR2, with the most important additions being a horsepower increase to 90 bhp, a new grille, and front disc brakes-a first for an affordable sports car.
The arrival of the TR4 signaled the end of one era and the beginning of another. A completely new body featured wind-up windows, and while the purists howled, everyone else rejoiced. Another modern convenience was, for the first time, a proper trunk. Chassis and drivetrain were little changed, with the most important updates being a synchromesh first gear, and rack-and-pinion steering.
The cumulative effect of the changes was quite dramatic. Where the earlier cars had been drafty, wet and inconvenient, the TR4 was a car that could be used every day, and it seemed much more modern.
The example offered here is believed to have been the New York show car. More importantly, this time-capsule car has completed only 9,834 miles from new, with the original red paint and matching leather remaining in excellent condition. The original Michelin X radials are still mounted to their wire wheels, and show almost no wear. The car is well equipped, with optional overdrive and a wooden dash.
Certainly the most unique feature of this car is the Michelotti-designed surrey top. An optional feature, it consists of a rear-roof section incorporating the rear window that, while removable, is intended to remain in place. A removable targa panel-available in both soft and hard versions-installs between the rear section and the windshield. This remarkable surrey-top TR4 is equipped with both panels.

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson - SCM Contributor

Gary is also Editor in Chief of The Star, the magazine for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. He has been active for many years in the Austin-Healey Club USA and is co-author of MBI’s best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide, as well as editor of the Austin-Healey Magazine. An avid vintage race driver, he ran his 1960 MGA in three Monterey Historics, four Wine Country Classics, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He is the author of Motoring: Getting the Maximum from Your New Mini, a comprehensive guide to the new MINI Cooper, available through Amazon.com.

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