Lot 316 - 1957 Triumph TR3A
|Odometer reading||105,000 miles|
|Estimate||£27,000 - £31,000|
The Triumph TR3 was built between 1955 and was usually supplied as an open two-seater, an occasional rear seat and bolt on steel hard top were available as extras. It 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 TR3As became known for their superior braking ability making it an autocross favorite. In 1957, the TR3 was replaced by an updated version, the TR3A. The updates included new wide front grille, exterior door handles, lockable boot handle and came with a full tool kit as standard, although the TR3A’s still retained the 1991cc engine.
During the 1950s, Triumph TR3’s enjoyed a very successful competition profile in the United States with drivers such as Kas Kastner, the well known Triumph US Competitions Manager, coming to the fore.
Official factory trace records show that this car was privately ordered in the U.K. as a personal export by Mr. J Donahue of Pittsburgh, as what must have been one of the earliest of the 3A derivatives and with a very full competition specification. The records also show that this attractive open topped sports car left the factory with competition springs and dampers, an aluminium sump and special sump guard from the special order options available directly via the Competitions Department. She has subsequently been sharpened up with a conversion to rack and pinion steering and benefits from the highly desirable overdrive transmission unit. This example must surely have been intended for some very serious driving or, more likely, active competition in the thriving local racing scene Stateside. This stunning Triumph presents well in British Racing Green with piped black leather seats and is offered to auction with a factory Heritage Certificate and a V5C registration certificate. This car is described by the vendor as possibly the best example of a Triumph TR3A available in today's market place.
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