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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

MarTiN BrOWN

Martin Brown is a long-time Tri­umph fan hav­ing owned sev­eral Vitesses over the years, and a GT6 too. But what he re­ally wanted for about 25 years was a TR5. Fi­nally, in 2009 his dream came true. ‘Val­ues were start­ing to rise so I de­cided to buy be­fore they pushed the TR5 out of reach al­to­gether. My car was bought fully re­stored and I’ve never re­gret­ted its pur­chase, as it is su­perb to drive,’ he says. ‘It’s got plenty of torque and at mo­tor­way speeds the en­gine is re­laxed, so fuel con­sump­tion is pretty good. In­deed it’s per­fect for long-dis­tance trips; I’ve taken my TR to France a cou­ple of times. It’ll hap­pily carry two peo­ple and their lug­gage for a week’s hol­i­day. I’ve also got a TR6 that I’m restor­ing and from do­ing that it’s clear that you have to shop around when buy­ing parts as the prices and qual­ity can both vary.’

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