Toyota Tranny: 1968 Triumph TR250 – NOW $41,000

Feb 2021 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

February 11, 2021 Update – Sure enough, after a brief hiatus due to an expired original listing, the private seller of this vintage restored Triumph just posted a fresh listing.  While the pictures and description are carry over, the seller smartly reduced their price to $41,000 from the original ask of $48,500.

January 29, 2021 Update – we just noticed the listing “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?”, at least for the time being.

Produced for only two years (1967 and 1968) as a neutered, Americanized version of Triumph’s European TR5, to meet increasing U.S. safety and emissions regulations. Not only did the leaned-out Zenith-Stromberg carburetors produce fifty fewer horses, but the padded dashboard also featured safer rocker switches in lieu of the better-looking and easier-to-throw toggles of the European car. Restored examples today are among the rarer Triumphs we come across, and this white over red 1968 example currently listed here on Craigslist in Finleyville, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) appears to be a finely restored example offered at $48,500 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their TR250 priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $36,000 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $53,100.  Interestingly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool provides a much different assessment as in this case the asking price is now nearly three thousand dollars above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $39,000.  If you are serious about becoming this Triumph’s next caretaker, you can email the seller.

We love the color combination, the subtle light silver front stripe, the wire wheels, and the documented restoration.  Most of all, rather than mess with sourcing and installing an original electric overdrive unit, the restorer went with an arguably more reliable Toyota five-speed overdrive conversion.  This is a great-looking sports car that will likely get you compliments and more awards every time you enter it in a classic British car show.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1968 Triumph TR250

This vehicle had previously undergone a total restoration. This car has numerous upgrades to make it a drivers’ car and a show winner!

Original white car (code 19). Not many of the TR250s left in the US, and not many original white ones.

This TR250 also has a Toyota 5-speed manual transmission swap completed. A couple of pictures are attached of the book of receipts and pictures during the restoration.

Brand new 60 spoke wire wheels and redline tires! Rare ANSA dual exhaust.
New convertible boot to match the interior. Many more options.

Show or go: what would you do with this restored Triumph?  Comment below and let us know!

2 Comments
  1. Michael D Wallace

    The TR 250 was an Americanized TR5, not TR4A.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Michael, thank you for the clarification – we’ve corrected our error. Mea Culpa!

      Reply

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