Lot 422 - 1959 Triumph TR3 A

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Auction Grandes Marques January 2016
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Lot Number 422
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number T558901L
Year 1959
Make Triumph
Model TR3 A

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Lacking a sports car capable of competing with those of MG and Jaguar, Triumph started developing a new sports car, the TR2, which it displayed proudly at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1953. An enormous success both at home and abroad, it was to be expected that its successor – the TR3 – would represent evolution rather than revolution.

Introduced in October 1955, the TR3 was, indeed, little different from the preceding TR2. Changes to the 2.0-liter engine boosted power from 90 to 95bhp, but the most obvious difference was the adoption of an ‘egg box’ radiator grille. The engine developed 100bhp courtesy of a new cylinder head by mid-1956; then in August, Girling front disc brakes were introduced. The TR3A was introduced during 1957, with cosmetic changes including new front-end styling featuring a full-width grille incorporating sidelights/indicators, and locking door and trunk handles plus an improved interior. Today these charismatic Triumph sports cars remain popular for their usability, ease of maintenance, good looks and the fact that they are immense fun to drive.

Offered here is wonderful example of the TR3A model. A left hand drive example, this Triumph was delivered new to the US. A comprehensive restoration was performed between 2013 and 2015. Finished in a classic and period ruby red, the car is elegantly fitted with silver painted wire-wheels. The interior is neatly appointed in black. Close examination of the car reveals a thorough restoration done with a good degree of skill and the car presents in excellent general condition. A strong running car with healthy appearance it has been owned by a European collector since 2013. Offered in ready to enjoy condition, this little TR3A should prove great fun over the coming summer months.


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