Thursday, September 17, 2015

TigeR4: 1962 Triumph TR4 V8

The Triumph TR4 was a small sports car built from 1961 through 1964 with Giovanni Michelotti (Standard, Triumph , Ferrari, Maserati, BMW, DAF/Volvo trucks) styling and a basic tractor engine.  It is an iconic British sportscar that will be trounced by a new Nissan Altima at a traffic light, so why not buy one with a Ford V8 shoved under the bonnet.  Find this 1962 Triumph TR4 V8 offered for $9,500 in Yuma, AZ via craigslist. Tip from John S.

 A TR4 for a Ford V8 is about as close as you'll get to a Sunbeam Tiger or a Shelby Cobra without dropped serious coin on those highly sought after models.  Skip the coin/stamp/beanie-baby collection frenzy of the factory V8 cars and enjoy the nutty acceleration of this thing.

Up front is a 289 cubic inch Ford V8, borrowed from a 1967 Mustang.  Depending on the donor vehicle it  could have anything from 200 horsepower to 271 horsepower (in the HiPo model), but with a few small changes the 289 can easily produce 300 horsepower.  Some of the fun will be hampered by the automatic gearbox mated to the rear wheels, but it would be easy to fit a toploader 4speed in its place.

See a cooler V8 powered roadster?


  1. SLUSHBOX? Noooooooo....and don't bother with the Toploader, just go straight to a T5.

    And the wheels suck, too.

    Otherwise, great concept, but it'd need a careful inspection.

  2. Agreed. T5 and minilites et j'ai fini.

  3. Those wheels remind me of something, something so awful I can't quite rem..
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    Those wheels have got to go.

  4. Someone save this from a fate worse than death. Post your modifications as suggested above and laugh at us all for not buying

  5. Everything above and...
    Toss those fuzzy dice and see if you snake eyes with that 289. Pretty neat car.

  6. I love it when sellers ruin the look of their cars with wheels like that to decrease perspective buyers and lower the price. Too much work to convert to a manual though.

  7. Really? Au contraire- the STOCK TR4 used a hyd clutch. It would be a piece of cake to use the correct sized slave cylinder or a hyd throwout bearing BOTH very common on a T5 transmission. Plus there are several shifter styles available for T-5.

  8. Those wheels suck safe to say that is not a 271 horse oval with an auto and what looks like a 2 barrel carb on it !

  9. Yes those FUNKY American 80's wheels suck, I've been to busy working on TR to change them to mini lites
    watch the video @ youtube 1962 TRiumph TR4 V/8

    1. Nice car. The video was surprisingly painful to watch but it is obviously a fastidious owner.

  10. FYI the old Datsun/Nisan/Toyota & old Ford Mustang wheels fit right on the TR.


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