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 initially 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.
Finished in a rare combination of Shoal Green with a contrasting red leather interior, this delightful TR3A rolled off the production line at the end of June 1959, coming to the previous vendor in the Netherlands in 1999.
The TR3A has enjoyed a detailed restoration and as a result is presented in excellent condition in all respects. The 2 litre motor and 4 speed/overdrive gearbox are a great combination, and in very good condition. The current vendor has recently had the car checked over mechanically and a clean bill of health given.
All in all a beautiful Triumph TR3A which offers huge fun for the lucky next owner.