True barn finds can be great fun for those with enough skills and money to get them on the road again. But for those of us without those prerequisites, an affordable driver quality car may be the better option. This 1964 Triumph TR4 is a good example of a “credit card classic” with lots of work already done and an asking price of $4,750. Find it on Utah’s KSL classifieds.
The TR4 may have been considered a step backwards for some hardcore sports car enthusiasts. It was based off the aging TR3, but added roll up windows and a proper trunk. Sure, it made things more comfortable, but that wasn’t the point of a sports car anyway, was it?
As modern sports cars become more like luxury offering with each passing year, this Triumph may seem primitive today. The engine was based off a tractor design which had been around for years. It displaced 2138 cc and was good for a little over 100 horsepower. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it was durable and when combine with the TR4’s rack and pinion steering and full synchromesh transmission it was enough to be competitive in racing.
The seller of this TR4 informed us that they purchased it from the second owner who had stored it in his shed for over 10 years. They said that there are no fancy stories or amazing photos, but what they do have is what looks like drivable car at a fair price. They have already completed most of the work you would need to do on a barn find project. So does this take all the fun out of it, or make this one even better?