If you’re looking for a budget restoration project, this 1962 Triumph TR4 may be a great candidate for you. Currently offered by the private seller near Easton, PA on Craigslist for the asking price of $2,700 or best offer, we think if you can convince the seller to let it go if for $2,000 or less you’re on your way to restoring the car without getting yourself underwater later on. This example is from the second year of TR4 production of the first Triumphs to feature wind up windows and a trunk with decent space for a sports car.
Unfortunately, the private seller only provides the following limited one-sentence description: “Has a NJ title. Very complete but worn out.” Consequently, you’ll have to do your homework to confirm whether it’s worth the time, money, and effort to bring it back from the dead. The pictures provided seem to indicate this car is a solid example overall. The one place that has us concerned is the battery tray which fits between the cowl and the back of the engine. From the picture provided it appears the tray has rusted through. That combined with the dark under dash picture warrants a detailed in-person inspection, in this case, to determine whether to buy or keep looking.
The sale includes all of the pieces shown below. To put in perspective how affordable these cars are to restore, Moss Motors currently offers a complete interior kit for $720, a seat reupholstery kit for another $750, and a walnut veneer dashboard for $499.
As long as the body doesn’t need any other attention beyond the aforementioned battery tray and a paint job, we think this Triumph makes an ideal candidate for someone with the time to restore it. Good luck with the sale!