The Autoglym and TR Register concours-winning,1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster  Chassis no. TS68336L Engine no. TS2557SE

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Lot 307
The Autoglym and TR Register concours-winning,1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster
Registration no. UVS 847 Chassis no. TS68336L Engine no. TS2557SE

Sold for £ 36,700 (US$ 45,764) inc. premium
The Autoglym and TR Register concours-winning
1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster
Registration no. UVS 847
Chassis no. TS68336L
Engine no. TS2557SE

Footnotes

  • Lacking a sports car 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.
    This TR3A was re-imported from California, USA in 1988 as a tatty but very sound and complete car, and then was totally stripped and rebuilt by the Northern TR Centre of Stockton-on Tees to the very highest standards, reusing all the original parts wherever possible to maintain originality. Converted from left- to right-hand drive in the process, the car was restored with no expense spared, the intention being to create the ultimate concours Triumph. And 'triumph' it did, becoming the Autoglym National Gold Champion (1993 and 1994); the TR Register's 'Best TR2/3', 'Best Paintwork', 'Best Overall TR' and Premier Award winner (1994); the TR Register's Masters Class winner (1996); and the Masters Car Club Overall Champion (all makes) in 1997. It has also featured in Classic Cars magazine ('Concours King', November 1995 edition) and extensively in the TR Register's book 'Original TR2/3/3A' by Bill Piggott.
    The TR had covered only some 2,000 dry miles when its then owner, Robert Haynes, sold the car to the current vendor in November 2000 for £27,000. It currently displays a total of 3,020 miles on the odometer. One of the very best of its kind currently available, this multiple concours award-winning TR3A is offered with restoration photographs/details, original build specifications, old US title, a quantity of expired tax discs, MoT to February 2011 and Swansea V5.
The Autoglym and TR Register concours-winning,1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster  Chassis no. TS68336L Engine no. TS2557SE
The Autoglym and TR Register concours-winning,1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster  Chassis no. TS68336L Engine no. TS2557SE
The Autoglym and TR Register concours-winning,1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster  Chassis no. TS68336L Engine no. TS2557SE
The Autoglym and TR Register concours-winning,1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster  Chassis no. TS68336L Engine no. TS2557SE
The Autoglym and TR Register concours-winning,1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster  Chassis no. TS68336L Engine no. TS2557SE
The Autoglym and TR Register concours-winning,1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster  Chassis no. TS68336L Engine no. TS2557SE
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