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PhotoS of the Week: Graham Andrews restores the triumph conrero


Most Triumph enthusiasts know the word, Conrero.  The Triumph known as “the Conrero” was designed by Michelotti but built for Triumph in Italy by Conrero, a tuning company which worked with Alfas and Lancias and more recently with Lotus.  The Triumph Conrero was meant to replace the TRS models which had a successful year at LeMans in 1961.  After the Leyland takeover, however, Ken Richardson retired, and all of these projects were discontinued for a year or two until the advent of the Spitfire Coupes.  The Triumph Conrero was powered by a further development of the Sabrina twin-cam engine.

After the Leyland takeover, Triumph sent the four TRS cars and the Conrero to the U.S., where they did not accomplish much, and they were sold off, some actually showing up on used car lots in Florida, I have been told.  In the 1980s, John Ames of London rescued several of the cars, including the Conrero, and shipped them to his home near Heathrow Airport, spending all of his money preserving them for future use. This writer once visited the Conrero in one of John’s lock-up garages.  We moved a lot of stuff out of the way and pushed it out into the sunlight.  John was looking for ways to restore some of his cars—he had also owned a TRS and the Jabbeke TR2 which has now been fully restored as you read in this newsletter earlier this year.

Back in February, I learned that Graham Andrews had purchased the Conrero from John.  His magnificent Italia no doubt functioned as his credentials to John who would not have entrusted the car to anyone he did not believe in.  Graham Andrews has kindly kept me informed about his project, although he had kept it under wraps for a few months.  He has disassembled the car and begun restoration.  John Ames is very excited to work on the project, as he knows more about Sabrina engines than anyone, and he has one sitting in his lounge at home.

Graham Andrews has sent me a few photos of his project.  The photos include one of the car before disassembly, the chassis and body after disassembly, and several of the Sabrina engine in various states of disassembly.  I like the gearbox photo with the words “LeMans Car” still legible from when it was allocated at the factory.  Finally, there is a photo of Graham’s Italia which he emailed to me with the subject line, “One I Did Earlier.”  I am sure that TRF customers and friends will be interested to view these photos.  The Triumph Conrero has always generated a huge mystique.  It will be exciting to see it come alive again, and I will post photos from time to time that Graham Andrews may send to me.  I am sure that we will also find lots of coverage in classic car magazines.


Photo of Graham Andrew's Triumph Conrero Before Disassembly

Graham Andrew's Triumph Conrero Before Disassembly

Photo of the Conrero shell

Conrero shell

Photo of the Conrero chassis

Conrero chassis

Photo of the Conrero Sabrina engine

The Conrero Sabrina engine

Photo of the Conrero Sabrina engine

Photo of the Gearbox with LeMans Written On It

Photo of the Gearbox with "LeMans Car" Written On It

Photo of the Italia

The Italia that Graham restored has won many awards!

Malvern international concours winner
Master class outright winner
Best paint. Outright winner
Car of the show outright winner