Only 329 of these Italias were ever produced and the beautiful Italian bodywork gives this Triumph an exotic look. It is rough though. A restoration was started so the frame has already been gone through and the engine is rebuilt. It is going to take a lot of work to finish, but the end result will be able to run with much more expensive machinery. Find it here on eBay.
These cars were built for customers who wanted Italian style with more robust and cost effective mechanicals. Sounds like a good combination to us. Signore Ruffino, an Italian Triumph distributor, came up with the idea and pitched it to the bigwigs. It was based off the TR3 and the body was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and built by Vignale. Few were ever finished though because Leyland killed it off when they took over Triumph. Too bad because we think this body would have looked even better mounted on the TR4 chassis.
This one is a mess, but it deserves to be saved. Unfortunately previous owners did not understand how special this car is. Rust was allowed to take hold and someone applied an interesting paint scheme. The other unfortunate part is that this car is offered by a dealer and has been on the market for a while. Their site lists an optimistic asking price of $35k. Lets just hope that the auction’s reserve is set at something a little more realistic.