1966 Triumph Dove
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Conceived by L. F. Dove & Co. of Wimbledon. nbsp;one of the largest Triumph and Volvo dealers in England. and produced by the coach builder Harrington. only around 50-55 Dove's were produced between 1963 and 1967 according to Dove researcher Jon Marshall. At the time Harrington's reputation had grown significantly from it's recent success of the Harrington Alpine coupe conversions based on the Sunbeam Alpines.
Of the 50 odd Dove's built only 8 documented examples were known to be based on the later TR4a IRS platform. As good fortune would have it. car number CTC/75005-L is now the 9th known Harrington Dove built with the more desirable independent rear suspension.
According to Dove researcher Jon Marshall there is only one known Dove with a higher VIN number so we believe that this particular car to be the second to last one built. Near the end of the production of these cars Harrington coach builders was being pressured by the Roots group to discontinue making the Dove cars and it is thought that some of the last cars were sent from the Dove dealership to Rolls Royce to have the conversions completed. Though all Dove's were fully equipped with overdrive transmissions. wood steering wheels. performance oval air filters and in some cases fully balanced motors by Jack Brabham Motors or Laystall Engineering in London. nbsp;sales were sparse at £1250. Being nearly the same cost of a new Jaguar E-Type of the time they were too pricey for most.
GTR4a # CTC/75005-L is being offered "just as it was found" Clearly in need of full restoration. it's a very original and complete example in British Racing Green with black leather interior. The rockers. fenders and parts of the floors will require rust repair. The Harrington unique components are in excellent condition and are a testiment to the high quality conversion work was performed. The car rolls easily but the motor does not turn over by hand. No attempt has been made to start the car. We understand that it could be important to the next owner that he receive the car exactly as it was found so for that reason we have not touched the car other then rolling it by hand into our facility.
As part of the documentation the car is being sold with a British Motor Heritage Certificate as well as a clear New Hampshire Title and a bill of sale. After the sale the car can remain stored here for up to three weeks while transportation arrangement are made buy the buyer. Overseas bidders are welcome but the car must be paid for within 4 business days and picked up within 3 weeks.
Please feel free to call me anytime at 603-587-0577. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have and accommodate pre-purchase inspections. Please do not bid unless you are prepared to purchase the car.
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Comments and questions to the seller:from John Getty, dated 12 october 2016
As an owner of one of the last Doves built and still unrestored, a GTR4A, I can confirm that the car looks to be almost totally original. The new owner will have some problems finding detail pictures of an original car for correct details as most cars have been restored using details from the GTR4 which are different. This car is correct. Interior, hardtop, engine bay is as it left the factory. Oval Air filters if silver are original service items complete with stickers, fuel runs are correct, do not lose the rubber holding the fuel line on the bracket under the thermostat. It appears to be missing the rear seat cushion and back rest. This is unique to the car, but easily replaced. This car is has lots of important reference points which should be photographed for future restorations. Happy to help new owner on the dove GTR4A details in exchange for better photos. I also have a GTR4 so I know most of the differences. The opening lever for the rear tailgate being one such difference if you have a photo so that I can check against others. Please pass on details to new owner. An excellent find and should make a very good restoration project. Kind regards. John A Getty
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