Revington TR's new Italia
For many years the name Revington TR has been synonymous with building special cars based on the Triumph TR range. It is now our pleasure to bring you The Revington TRS Le Mans and the Revington Italia
Our latest addition to this elite list is the very special Italia featured here.
The history of the Italia has been well documented over the years but in summary, the car was designed by Giovanni Michellotti in 1958 and went into limited production in the following year.
The hand built bodies were fitted to complete TR3 chassis that were delivered
What you see in the pictures is not another restored car but rather a development of the original. Sure the body shape is from the sixties but this car is a prototype for a whole series of built to order Italias.
Like so many ideas, this one resulted from too many beers with Neil Revington
So the project was born and before I knew it Neil had "just come across an Italia for sale in France" and was off to see it. We bought the car in 1999 and
The body was an altogether different issue and for this prototype the original body has been used. This car has been converted to right hand drive but unlike other TR's this required a lot of careful measuring in order that all bulkhead modifications could be made and that new aluminium dashboards
Windscreens are already available thanks to Neil's work when previously tasked with restoring Jorg von Appen's Italia. Dedication to the remanufacture
We now had a rolling body-chassis unit but what of the drive chain? This engine is now fitted with 89mm pistons and liners, a fast road / rally camshaft and the bottom end balanced and lightened. A four branch exhaust manifold and stainless rally spec. exhaust system are bolted to a ported and polished big valve head.
A key part of this project is to improve reliability and driveability through the selective use of modem technology. Induction is by way of Webcon electronic fuel injection coupled to an ECU with distributor-less ignition, all operated by a magnetic trigger on the front of the crankshaft to ensure ultra accurate timing. The result is a very healthy 130bhp at the rear wheels but with modem reliability. This kit really works and the engine is always working at the optimum level. No longer do you have to worry about tuning carburettors and adjusting the points; just drive and have fun.
Power is delivered through an uprated clutch operated by an annular release mechanism. This does away with the normal external slave cylinder pushing on the cross shaft and instead fits nicely inside the bell housing. The result is much reduced travel of the clutch pedal for quicker gear changes. The gearbox is of the standard TR6 variety though reworked and coupled to overdrive on second, third and fourth gears. The solenoid is coupled to Neil's pro-logic kit that automatically drops out of overdrive when you change gear.
The interior is of classic design though not of the type originally fitted to Italias. In this case high backed leather seats provide all the support needed for high performance motoring and are complemented with a tasteful black trim and a rear bench seat. Instruments are modem cream faced dials which echo the classic theme, but instead of an array of flick switches, modem steering column stalks have been installed controlling the usual functions of wipers (two speed plus intermittent), indicators and overdrive. All electric circuits are separately fused as with modern cars.
Ventilation is via a newly developed air conditioning system, further improving the level of comfort in this modem Italia.
Wheels are of a personal choice - I have elected to run with 15x5.5J Compomotive alloy rims and Colway 185-80 tyres. All in all it makes for a very attractive package with excellent ride.
So after all that how does the car perform? The ride is firm but smooth and handling is excellent from the fast road /rally suspension kit and rack and pinion steering. Top speed and acceleration times are as yet not completed as the car is not quite run in yet although owning several other classics including a very quick TR3 and an E-type the Italia feels every bit as quick as either of them!
This project is all about giving you the opportunity to own and drive an Italia too. Our aim was to take the classic lines and Italian style of the Italia and combine it with modem technology. The result is a blend of old and new into a package of improved driveability, reliability and classic elegance. Don't take my word for it - come and have a test drive in the Revington Italia. Before you know it you too could be the proud owner of a Revington Italia!
Italias in print
Revington TR's yellow Italia is now fully functional and we are now reaping the benefits of all of the modifications we have installed into this car. Readers may be interested to know that the car is featured in Triumph World magazine current for October 2001. Have a look and a read!
The car was shown for the first time at the TR Register International Show 2003 and met with considerable interest.
The shells are manufactured on specially made wooden jigs (known as bucks) which enables Revington TR to manufacture shells to order.
Like the Italia, which is also available with an aluminium body from Revington TR, the TRS is intended to be purchased as a complete car or for those wishing to carry out some work for themselves we will be pleased to supply a shell and a suitably lengthened chassis.
Should you be interested in purchasing either a complete car or the components to build one please call Neil Revington on +44(0)1823 698 437 to discuss your requirements, pricing and delivery time.
The Revington TRS continues to attract media attention and has featured in the on-line magazine 'Piston heads'. Please click here to go to the article.