Those of a certain age from this side of the pond might think that the Triumph motorcar was named after the popular Canadian power trio. After all, they racked up 9 platinum and 18 gold records. Why not name a car company after it? But as it turns out, Triumph Motor Company of England “Lay It On The Line” (a Triumph song in case you were of the wrong generation) long before Rik Emmett was even born.
Actually, Triumph Motor Company was preceded by Triumph in 1885 which was a bicycle company, and renamed Triumph Cycle Company in 1897. It wasn’t until 1902 that they began getting too lazy to pedal and stuck a motor on their cycles. As luck would have it, the first world war came along and a whole buncha British Army folks agreed that motorcycles had a tactical advantage over bicycles so they decided to order a lot of them from Triumph Cycle Co. So by 1919 Triumph had triumphed to become the largest manufacturer of said motorcycles in Britain.
When you’re the biggest at anything, there’s not a lot of incentive to stop at what you are the biggest at. Why not branch out? No reason; so in this case, Triumph thought to branch out into cars. By 1923, that’s exactly what they had done, and in 1930 the company was renamed the Triumph Motor Company.
Fast forward to 1962 and this TR4 came popped into the world in a gorgeous red over black interior. This little tike sports a correctly restored top and interior. Mechanically the seller states that the engine runs very well and the transmission shifts properly. Engine compartment is said to be as clean as the exterior, which as one can see by the photos is very clean indeed. Note the chrome pieces look to be in great condition. Recent service included carb cleaning, brake service, fluid and spark plug change. Note the gorgeous wood dash as well.
So no, as it turns out this British car company wasn’t named after a band, but rather…a bicycle.
Asking price is $27,500 and the seller can be contacted HERE through the listing on ebay.