700-MILE TR5 FOR SALE

With an es­ti­mate of £40,000-£50,000, it’s said to be in tip-top con­di­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - ❚ Nick Larkin coys.co.uk/cars/1968-tri­umph-tr5

‘I’ve re­luc­tantly de­cided to sell it and very much want it to go to a good home’ SUKI SINGH

A700-mile Tri­umph TR5 built from scratch by a top spe­cial­ist in 1998 is be­ing auc­tioned by Coys this Satur­day (15 July).

The late TD ‘Tony’ Fitch­ett used all fac­tory parts in his cre­ation, which in­cluded the last known avail­able orig­i­nal chas­sis, of­fi­cially the re­build of a 1968 car. The en­gine has all new in­nards and an­cil­lar­ies and all the pan­els were un­used orig­i­nals.

Tony, who died in April 2014, had kept the car as part of his per­sonal col­lec­tion. It was sold by his fam­ily to re­tired po­lice in­spec­tor and keen car col­lec­tor, Suki Singh.

The Tri­umph, which has an es­ti­mate of £40,000-50,000, goes un­der the ham­mer at Coys’ Blen­heim Palace sale.

Coys states that a Tri­umph spe­cial­ist had said it would cost up to £75,000 to repli­cate the work car­ried out on the car.

Suki says: ‘I knew Tony very well and was very pleased to be able to buy this TR. His fam­ily said Tony would have loved me to have it.

‘The car is ab­so­lutely au­then­tic and peo­ple have said it should be in a mu­seum for use as a source of ref­er­ence for re­stor­ers. The prob­lem is that I like to drive my cars and would feel very guilty do­ing so with this one. In one way, I could say that if this is a car only to look at it might as well be a paint­ing. I have re­luc­tantly de­cided to sell the Tri­umph and very much want it to go to a good home.’

Other stand-out clas­sics in the sale in­clude the 1994 Audi Cabri­o­let 2.6E once owned by Diana, Princess of Wales (est: £35-40k) and a 1953 Jaguar XK120 road­ster that’s been in the same own­er­ship for 60 years and is re­ported to have cov­ered just 18,000 miles, hav­ing spent years in the Totnes Mo­tor Mu­seum (est: £90-110k).

The car comes with a com­plete his­tory of its re­build and a hand­writ­ten list of the parts used, in­clud­ing parts num­bers.

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