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From the Vaults: Triumph TR4A Commercial

by Paul Strauss

If you’re looking for a tiny roadster that puts you in touch with the road, there’s nothing quite like an old Triumph. We stumbled onto this classic car commercial from the late 1960s that shows off the good old Triumph TR4A. The diminutive British car was an updated version of the classic TR4, but with an independent rear suspension added to improve handling. In fact, the IRS model of the car was so good that it turned in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place wins in its class at the 1966 Sebring 12-hour race.

The car itself weighed just 2240 pounds, and was powered by a 2.1-liter inline-4, and had a turning radius of just 33 feet – that’s less than a Mini Cooper – and just a tiny bit more than a Fiat 500.

The commercial here decries the trend of slapping bucket seats and fancy wheels on vehicles and calling them sports cars, instead favoring a car that is actually fun to drive. If you’re fortunate enough to have some cash burning a hole in your pocket, you can pick up a TR4A in good condition¬†for around $30,000.

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