Asking Price: $29,500 USD
Seller: Chequered Flag International
Original Selling Price: $3,395
Engine: 2498cc inline-six cylinder
Max Power: 111hp
PROS: The color combo and the originality of this car make it very appealing.
CONS: The car has not been fully restored and is not fitted with an overdrive transmission.
Many of you may be thinking what the heck is a Triumph TR250? No worries. That’s what we’re here for: to tell you all about it. The Triumph TR250 was produced for only fifteen months during 1967 and 1968. The car was purposely built for the U.S. market, as American laws and regulations wouldn’t allow Triumph to bring their new fuel-injected TR5 into the states. So basically, a TR250 is a Triumph TR5 minus the Lucas fuel-injection system. Instead, they were fitted with twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors which met the current U.S. emissions laws. Of course, the downside to this was that they produced 39hp less than its European brother, the TR5.
This particular example is said by the seller to be a very solid, rust-free, and original example that is still sporting its original California license plate. Upon further inspection, we have to say it appears to be just that. These cars are very rare, and to find a rust and accident-free example is quite unusual in this day and age. We love the color combo, and the fact it’s lived its entire life in California is a bonus. That famous California climate is ideal for preserving vintage cars, making that “rust-free” claim all the more likely. We can tell just by looking at the photos the car has had recently had work done to the carburetors and cooling system, in addition to some general tune-up items being addressed, further increasing the chances that this is indeed a good driver.
Our biggest concern is that the car is so original, it’s difficult to tell what it may need down the road. There’s no mention of past service history, so what’s in store in terms of parts and repair is a bit of a mystery. Nice, solid, original cars are perfect for restoration or to preserve, but what if you want to start using one on a regular basis? When you’re looking for a steady, dependable driver, it’s important to seek out a car that has undergone a full restoration. At the very least, you want a car that’s received at least a full mechanical restoration. When there’s uncertainty involved, often by the time you’re done sorting everything out, you find yourself facing a restoration project you had no intention of starting. Not to say this car isn’t worth the asking price, but it may or may not be “the one,” depending on exactly what you’re looking for.
If you’re in the market for a TR250, you may also want to consider a Triumph TR4. They’re virtually the same car with the major difference being the TR4 is equipped with a 4-cylinder engine instead of the TR250’s 6-cylinder. You’ll lack the power the TR250 provides, but the car will handle better due to the decreased weight in the front. You might even save a little money as TR4s are much easier to come by. But don’t take our word for it. The only way to determine which type of ride you prefer is to get out there and take them both for test drive.
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