1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster  Chassis no. TS 78131 Engine no. CT 17571E

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Lot 35
1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster
Registration no. 365 JYA Chassis no. TS 78131 Engine no. CT 17571E

Sold for £ 9,020 (US$ 12,739) inc. premium
1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster
Registration no. 365 JYA
Chassis no. TS 78131
Engine no. CT 17571E

Footnotes

  • Lacking a sportscar capable of competing with those of rivals MG and Jaguar, Standard-Triumph engaged in a hurried design and development programme that culminated with the display at the 1953 Geneva Motor Show of the prototype TR2. 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 would represent evolution rather than revolution.
    Introduced in October 1955, the TR3 was, indeed, little different from the TR2. Changes to the Standard Vanguard-derived 2-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.
    This TR3A was acquired in 1998 from Mr R G Burnside of Plymouth and has been used regularly ever since. Three former keepers are recorded on the accompanying Swansea V5, while also included in the sale is a substantial history file containing assorted parts invoices and recording work carried out by the Museum workshop. Currently taxed for road use, the car is expected to possess a fresh MoT by time of sale.

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  • This lot has a current MoT that expires in May 2007.
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