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Triumph TR3A

Triumph TR3A

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Lot number 100
Hammer value £10,800
Description Triumph TR3A
Registration 613 YUY
Year 1959
Colour Silver
Engine size 1,998 cc
Chassis No. TS40410E
Engine No. TS40410E

The TR3 replaced the TR2 in 1955. A basic straightforward product, it did exactly what it set out to do, which was to offer rapid and entertaining motoring in a tough and utterly reliable package.

Built around a substantial chassis with independent double wishbone front suspension, its power came from an improved version of the 1,991cc wet-liner engine carried over from the TR2. A fabulous unit, it had gained an extra 5bhp thanks to larger SU H6 carburettors along with an enviable reputation for reliability.

In 1956 Triumph became the first manufacturer to fit those new-fangled disc brakes as standard equipment which gave them a distinct competitive advantage. ‘The Motor’ magazine achieved 105mph and a 0-60mph time of just 10.8 seconds when testing one in that year. In 1957 Triumph unveiled the TR3A, a face lifted model with a new full width grille and recessed door handles. A huge success in all markets, the TR3 gave a big boost to the UK balance of payments, with America as its primary market.

This interesting US-sourced example was purchased by the vendor as a part-finished race car project. It had been stripped and rebuilt, the owner welding the doors in place to add stiffness to the whole car. Already painted in metallic silver, the vendor has competed the restoration, replacing most of the interior, fitting a new mohair hood as well as new brakes, wiper motor, arms and blades as well as a full re-wire. He has spent over £3,000 in parts alone and is very happy with the end result.

Although some way away from its original specification, this TR3A looks very purposeful with its alloy wheels and smooth flanks. According to the vendor, it  “goes like a train”, the whole car feeling very rigid and good to drive. It is of course MOT and tax exempt and looks like an enormous amount of fun. 

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