Lot 128 - 1958 Triumph TR3A
|Estimate||£20,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,600|
- Recent partial restoration
- Engine and suspension overhauled
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 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 grille, exterior door handles, lockable boot handle and came with a full tool kit as standard.
This left hand drive TR3A was imported into the UK from the U.S. in 2013. The vendor is a very knowledgeable classic car enthusiast and has embarked on a partial restoration on this Triumph. The paintwork has been refreshed, taking out any areas of corrosion and the interior trim has also been replaced, at the same time a new vinyl hood was fitted. The engine has been overhauled as has the suspension. Invoices and receipts are available in the history folder which also includes a V5C registration document. Triumph TR3’s are a typical sportscar of the period and offer great fun and reliability. The various owners clubs are all too willing to help in ensuring owning such a car is a trouble free and enjoyable experience.
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.