Lot 306 - 1962 Triumph TR3a
|Engine Number||TS 21555E|
|Odometer reading||42,800 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £25,760|
The Triumph TR3 was built between 1955 and 1957 by Standard-Triumph in the United Kingdom, during which time only 1,286 cars were produced for the home market. According to the TR Register, as of 2002, there remain only 893 registered TR3/3A's on UK roads. Although it was usually supplied as an open two-seater, an occasional rear seat and bolt on steel hard top were available as extras. The car was powered by a 1991cc engine which initially produced 95bhp increasing to 100bhp at 5000rpm. The four-speed manual transmission could be supplemented by an overdrive unit on the top three ratios, electrically operated and controlled by a switch on the dash. In 1956, the front brakes changed from drum to disc, becoming the first British series production car to be so fitted. Because of these disc brakes, the TR3 and subsequent TR3A's became known for their superior braking ability, making it an autocross favorite. In 1957, the TR3 was replaced by an updated version, the TR3A. Updates included new wide front grill, exterior door handles, lockable boot handle and came with a full tool kit as standard, although the TR3A's still retained the 1991cc engine.
This beautifully presented TR3A has been subject to a total rebuild prior to being imported from the USA and is offered now in Piano Black coachwork with re-trimmed red leather interior. A rack and pinion steering upgrade, new engine and clutch coupled with new brakes are included in the list of works undertaken with the vendor describing this car as a genuine 'nine out of ten' car and knocking spots off of other TR3A's on the market. Interestingly, we are informed by the vendor that the previous owner in the USA had told him that he had to destroy the original bill for the extensive restoration as he did not want his wife to find out that he had spent over $60,000 on it. The vendor also states that he did not doubt this as he could clearly see that, throughout, the nuts and bolts were new as, in fact, is much of the rest of this pretty motorcar.
Offered without a V5 Registration document but with original USA title and Nova certificate the new owner will need to register this vehicle. Given the condition of this pretty roadster, we feel that this estimate reflects good value and strongly advise viewing to truly appreciate this motor car.
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