Lot 237 - 1956 Triumph TR3
|Odometer reading||2,291 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £25,760|
- Extensive nut and bolt restoration in 2004
- Former concours winner
- Manual with overdrive
The Triumph TR3 was built between 1955 and 1962 and was usually supplied as an open two-seater, although an occasional rear seat and bolt-on steel hardtop 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 do so. Because of these disc brakes, the TR3 became known for its superior braking ability, making it an autocross favourite.
This beautiful TR3 is presented in stunning white coachwork with contrasting and retrimmed grey trim. It was originally registered to South Africa and in 2004 was restored to a then concours level winning both silver and gold medals at the National Triumph and KZN Concours d’Elegance events. The process was described as a no expense spared nut and bolt rebuild and the quality is still evident today. Our vendor, an ex-resident of South Africa, sourced and purchased the car from renowned dealer Norman Frost of Frost Brothers in Knysna and imported the car to the UK in June 2018 having covered only 2,000 miles since the restoration. Despite being overhauled and uprated including TR4 manifolds and carbs with a road race cam and rack and pinion steering, our vendor wanted the car to look, start and run perfectly so employed the services of ‘The Village Garage’ in East Grinstead to sweep through the car and ensure he got full enjoyment out of it every time he turned the key. Our vendor having spent in the region of £4,000 fettling the car to his requirements can testify that it is indeed a complete joy to drive and will be sad to see it go. Offered with a comprehensive history file including photographic evidence of the restoration and all relevant documentation, this manual with overdrive example is a wonderful sports car and viewing is strongly recommended.
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