Lot 154 - 1955 Triumph TR3
|Odometer reading||1,432 miles|
|Result||Sold - £30,564|
- £55,000 + nut and bolt restoration
- 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 Salvador Blue coachwork (its original colour) with contrasting black trim which looks new. This original home market TR3 was built on 17th November 1955 as dated by the supplied Heritage Certificate and having been an early car, the TR registry believe it may have been a development example. The present owner purchased the car 30 years ago with the intention of fully restoring it, at the time finished in red, he decided to change the colour back to the original and continued upon a full restoration over an eight-year period, all of which is documented in the history file. The process was described as a no expense spared nut and bolt rebuild and the quality is still evident today with only 1,500 miles covered since that restoration. This year, a full recommissioning has taken place which is ideal for any new owner. Offered with the optional overdrive, the cost of the extensive restoration completed in the early 2000’s was in excess of £85,000 which in today’s money is over three times the auction estimate. Coming to the market having been dry stored and maintained to a high standard, the car is offered with a comprehensive history file including photographic evidence of the restoration and all relevant documentation. This is a wonderful sports car and viewing is strongly recommended.
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