££21,476

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015

Lot Details

Lot Number 111
Reg. Number SAD 543
Chassis Number T510559
Year 1956
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Description

The TR3 was launched in October 1955, and was essentially the same as the TR2 but with 95bhp courtesy of larger SU carburettors and inlet ports. Visually it differed in having an egg box grille, stainless steel strips along body panel joins and the option of an occasional rear seat. The only mechanical change occurred over late-1955/mid-1956, when the ‘high port’ cylinder head – as used on the works TR3s at the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hour race – was fitted, raising power to 100bhp at 5,000rpm. The modification, however, was not officially announced until Autumn 1956, when the adoption of front discs made the TR3 the first ever British series production car to have disc brakes fitted as standard; at the same time larger rear drum brakes were introduced and a stronger axle with taper roller bearings.

This example is presented in excellent order throughout and is painted in iconic racing green with tan hide interior and a tan hood. The vendor has upgraded the engine to include Webber carburettors, fast road cam, servo brakes and rack and pinion steering, to name but a few of the improvements.

This lovely TR3 also has the benefit of its original factory hard top which has recently been resprayed; the car also has a tonneau cover and side screens, and comes with a comprehensive history from the 1950s with photographs and a recent MOT with no advisories.

This is a fine example of a true British classic open sports car, which is ready to be enjoyed and hurried through country lanes. Not to be missed!

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