The TR3 had long been a success for Triumph, and when the model was finally retired, they needed a worthy successor. They found it in the 1962 Triumph TR4. The TR3’s design was a little stale and past its prime, so it was decided to go shopping for the best stylist they could, and they didn’t have to look far to find him. Well, relatively speaking. They found him in Italy. Michelotti redesigned the car, purifying the lines and making it a little bit roomier than its predecessor, much appreciated, thank you. Of course, the car was not perfect; they rarely are. The early models were plagued with an unpleasant handling, something which was fixed in the later models.
One of the things that they did keep in the early TR4s was the TR3’s pliant and wonderful engine. It was little 2.2-liters, four-cylinder engine that developed 100 horsepower. Nothing fancy, but it had plenty of torque, which meant fun driving anywhere in the power-band. Top speed was an acceptable 110 miles per hour, and 0-60 acceleration, 10.5 seconds.
Thankfully, the little engine was coupled with a new syncromesh four-speed manual transmission, enhancing everyone’s pleasure! The 1962 Triumph TR4 was in production until 1976, and although it changed names as it evolved (TR5 and TR6), it remained the same spirited little car, only better.