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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TRIUMPH TR5 / TR250

The  TRIUMPH TR5 succeeded to the TR4 in august 1967. While there is almost no exterior difference with its predecessor (body style is unchanged), the TR5 benefits from a new 6 cylinders engine. This car was built a little bit longer than one year, so it is the rarest Triumph TR ever. It is a transition model that inherited its body from the TR4 and shares its engine with the TR6.
Note the Triumph TR5 PI (PI = Petrol Injection) never was exported to United States. Instead, there was a North America version called TR 250. The Triumph TR250 was fitted with 2 carburettors instead of the Lucas injection and kept TR4 and TR4 A's solid rear axle.




 
TECHNICAL DATAS

Version Engine Power Transmission Length Weight Top speed
TR5 PI
(1967-1968)
in line 6 Cyl.
2498 cc
Lucas Petrol injection  - 150 bhp 4 gears manual gearbox - overdrive optional on  2nd, 3rd and 4th
 Independant Rear
Suspension
396 cm 990 kg
122 Mph

TR250
(1967 -1968)
U.S. markets
in line 6 Cyl.
2498 cc
Twin Zenith Stromberg Carburettors  - 104 bhp 4 gears manual gearbox - overdrive optional on  2nd, 3rd and 4th
Solid rear axle
396 cm 990 kg
107 Mph
 


HOW MUCH IS A TRIUMPH TR5 - TR250 WORTH ?

It is not possible to give an accurate amount. Quote depends on condition, and version. Like most of the British roadsters from the 60s, the TR5 is popular and well estimated by enthusiasts.

As this car lasted only one year, it is the rarest and one of the most wanted Triumph TR. Expect to pay 25% more than a TR4 to get 2 more cylinders under the bonnet. TR 250s may be cheaper, but you will get no injection nor independant rear suspension. According to many enthusiasts, there is very few interest in buying a TR250 in comparison with a TR4 A (only a bit more torque) and those who want independant rear suspension but don't care too much for performances will surely choose a TR4A IRS.


Whatever the version is, additional options or equipment justify a higher price. The most important are  :

- Surrey Top : a hard top with a solid rear window and frame, but with a removable top element. It allows to convert your convertible TR4 into a "Targa roof" fixed head coupe. This is the most useful equipment, available only on Triumph TR4, TR5 and TR250. 

- overdrive : reduces engine speed, and relaxes both the engine and your ears.

- wire wheels (painted or chrome plated).

WHERE CAN I FIND A TR5 / TR250 FOR SALE  ?

You will find TR5s or TR250s for sale every month or every week in the specialized press. Many cars are offered for sale on classic cars classified sites on the Internet.

Do not rush to buy the first car you see (the ads may be re-submited on a regular basis when prices are too high). See and test drive several vehicles, this will allow you to ensure that you are made for this model.

To buy from classic car specialists may be a good way to reduce purchase risks.
Triumph TR5


HOW TO FIND TR5 / TR250 SPARE PARTS ?

Spare parts availability is the undeniable advantage of British classic cars : almost everything is available at affordable price.
Triumph TR5 TR250 Anglo Parts catalog

Many spare parts retailers sell from their web-shops. Spare parts catalogs and price lists may be downloaded directly from the Internet. Original parts catalog is also available on CD-Rom from retailers.





The large number of cars still on road today helps to maintain a dynamic market, where customers demand drives spare parts production and competition between spare parts retailers  keeps rates at reasonnable levels.

There are many classic car parts retailers in North America and in Europe. In most cases the spare part you will look for will be immediatly available.

Major classic car parts companies are Anglo Parts, Motor Dream,  Limora, Moss Europe, Moss Motors,  etc.



Anglo Parts TR5 TR250 catalogue

HOW TO GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ?

Meet TR 5 / TR 250 owners. As many enthusiasts, they will be happy to share their experience with you, and give an objective opinion on their cars. Go to autojumbles, classic car events or contact your local Triumph Club or TR Register.

Helpful books can be found on the car's history, you will find on this site selected and recommended publications.


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