Lot 271 - 1956 Triumph TR3

Lot 271 - 1956 Triumph TR3

Lot 271 - 1956 Triumph TR3

Lot Number 271
Registration SAD 543
Chassis Number TS 10559
Engine Number 10917
Odometer reading 12,151 miles
Estimate £19,000 - £23,000
Result Sold - £26,040

We are proud to offer today a 1956 Triumph TR3 that has been in the same ownership since 1964. According to the Standard Register, SAD 543 was built on Monday 19th March 1956 between 11.am and noon, finished in pearl white with blue trim and first registered on 11th May 1956. The car was originally destined for Australia but somehow managed to be diverted to a UK dealership.

During circa 1962/3 the engine was rebuilt for competition. All engine internals were lightened, balanced and the capacity uprated to 2.2 litres. At this time a Colin Smith Big Port Head was fitted with further modifications of a four branch Derrington exhaust manifold, quadruple 1/34 inch SU carburettors and a cold air bonnet scoop. Competition suspension modifications were also carried out. In 1964 the vendor acquired the car complete with an SAH works pattern hardtop. The TR competed in the occasional Sprint event; one such event was in the May 1964 British Hotrod Association drag race meeting at Duxford Aerodrome, where it finished 2nd.

In 1998 a full restoration was carried out and during this period TR3a front and rear aprons were fitted as well as the addition of a set of Minilite style wheels. To reduce weight, a set of fibreglass wings were also added and a steering rack conversion replaced the TR steering box to improve the drive. The car was then refinished in British Racing Green and a new tan Yarwoods leather interior added. More recently a set of twin Dell'Orto carburettors have replaced the quad SU's (which are available with the car) and a stainless steel exhaust has been mated to the Derrington extractor manifold. The engine was again stripped and overhauled with further additions of a high capacity oil pump, deep finned aluminium sump, electric fuel pump and fuel pressure control valve. A set of adjustable front, and uprated rear, shock absorbers were fitted to improve handling. The front bumper has been removed but is also available with the car, together with a set of stiffer competition rear springs. A set of leather AC seats have replaced the originals and have proved to be very comfortable. The TR currently has FIVA papers and to satisfy the FIVA rules the glassfibre wings and apron have been replaced with steel items. A set of side screens and optional heater (not currently fitted) also accompany the car.

The history file contains a buff log book with the vendor's name on it, confirming the length of ownership. There are also period photographs and many bills and receipts of works carried out. It is hard to describe the feel of this motor car; having been in the same ownership for nearly 50 years and used regularly on European trips, it is not a concours queen; however, it does present well with only 12000 miles since engine rebuild.  It exudes the feeling of your favourite, comfortable and much used jacket, ready to set out on European tours with a feeling of confidence not attainable with a fresh and sterile restoration. A rare opportunity indeed.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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