1957 Triumph TR3A Roadster Chassis no. 5885088 Engine no. to be advised
Lacking a sportscar capable of competing with those of rivals MG and Jaguar, Standard-Triumph engaged in a hurried design and development programme that bore fruit in March 1953 with the display at the Geneva Motor Show of the prototype TR2. A couple of months later the newcomer emphatically established its performance credentials when an overdrive-equipped prototype in touring trim ran at 114.9mph on the Jabbeke motorway in Belgium. Simply constructed, practical to own and offering 100mph-plus performance at a bargain price, the TR2 was an enormous success both at home and abroad, so it was only 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 Standard Vanguard-derived 2.0-litre 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 and the stronger Phase III Vanguard rear axle were standardised. Cosmetically revised but mechanically indistinguishable, the TR3A was phased in during 1957. New front-end styling featured a full-width grille incorporating sidelights/indicators, and for the first time there were locking door and boot handles plus an improved interior. Today these charismatic TR sports cars remain popular for much the same reasons that they were such a success originally: ease of maintenance, good spares availability and the fact that they are immense fun to drive. There are numerous independent specialists offering advice and support, and more than one enthusiastic owners' club. This very well presented TR3A comes with a photographic record of its bare metal, engine-out restoration, though when and by whom it was carried out is not known. It is hoped that further documentation will be available at the sale. Finished in black with matching vinyl interior, the car is described as in generally good/very good condition and will have been re-commissioned by Frenchay Garage prior to sale.