Lot 223 - 1959 Triumph TR3A
|Odometer reading||38,877 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £25,000|
|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 favourite. 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 delightful TR3A has been the subject of substantial investment in recent years and as such, presents in very good order today. The black coachwork is in good order and the contrasting red leather trim unmarked. This Triumph benefits from some significant improvements including the fitment of front disc brakes, a brake servo and rack and pinion steering. In addition to this, the car has had an all synchromesh gearbox fitted and recently a total engine rebuild including modifications to run on unleaded fuel. The engine on this TR3A runs and sounds beautiful, even though she has only done minimal mileage since the rebuild. This is one of the best driving TR3's we have been in and with the modifications she has had this is a very enjoyable classic car to use. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate and a history folder, this Triumph is very competitively estimated given the substantial investment.
*Interested parties should note that we have since had contact from a previous owner who claims to have sold this example to Reg Woodcock's mechanic and will gladly speak with any new owner to help build the history.