Friday, September 2, 2011

Still Another Golden Anniversary

Unless you've been living under a rock (and being the height of hurricane season along the US Gulf Coast, it doesn't sound like a bad idea) you'll know that 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the iconic Jaguar E-Type. It is also the 50th anniversary of the revival of the midget name by MG.

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Followers of all things Triumph will point out that this year is also the 50th anniversary of the launch of the venerable TR4 sports car. Like the soon-to-come MGB, the new Triumph TR4 brought such niceties as roll up windows, high sided doors and face level ventilation. And when compared to its TR3 predecessor, the TR4's boot was absolutely cavernous. Essentially, the TR4 was the TR3 chassis with a new body styled by the Italian design house Michelotti.

The TR4 soldiered on with the same basic engine as the TR2 and TR3, however a displacement increase from 1991cc to 2138cc along with some improvements to the intake manifold and cylinder head made for more urge when the loud pedal was pressed. Getting the power to the road was made easier with a new, fully synchronized four speed gearbox. Of course, a Laycock overdrive (operating on second, third and top) could be specified.      

In 1965, the TR4A was introduced which brought with it independent rear suspension and some minor trim changes. Curiously, a number of TR4As were not fitted with the new rear suspension, an effort by the factory to offer a less expensive version. TR4As with independent rear suspension carry discreet "IRS" badges on the boot lid. 

The TR4 remained in production until 1967 when it was superseded by the TR5 (TR250 in the USA). 
Happy birthday, bruiser!

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