1959 Triumph TR3 A



  • Year of manufacture 
  • Mileage 
    78 000 mi / 125 529 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
  • Condition 
  • Interior colour 
  • Number of doors 
  • Number of seats 
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
  • Gearbox 
  • Performance 
    105 BHP / 107 PS / 79 kW
  • Drivetrain 
  • Fuel type 


In the 1930s, Triumph made a name for itself producing sporty cars. After World War II, this reputation was confirmed when the brand, as part of Standard Motors, introduced some attractive and best-selling roadsters to the market. An entirely new design became necessary when these models were no longer competitive in the 1950s.

After the production of several different study designs, the Triumph 20TS (Triumph Sports), which was given the TR1 type designation, was presented at the 1952 London Auto Show. The car was built using already existing components. It looked attractive, but both the roadholding and the brakes turned out to be inadequate, and subsequently production was never started.

The improved design, the Triumph TR 2, was unveiled a year later and went into production afterwards. It was a simple and lightweight car with sufficient power. The 4-cylinder in-line engine was capable of producing 90 hp. Nevertheless, the suspension was experienced as rigid, the roadholding was still not optimal and the brakes were also mediocre. The basic concept, however, was received positively. The car was complete, performed well and the price was low.
For that matter, on 20 May 1953, a TR2 set a speed record. It was the first sports car in the 2000 cc class to clock more than 200 km/h.

As of September 1955, the design was revised again to iron out the negative aspects hampering the TR2. By using a different cylinder head and carburettor, power increased by 10 hp, the front disc brakes became standard and an overdrive was made available. Finally, the styling changed with a new grille as its main feature. The Triumph TR3 became a factor to be reckoned with!

In autumn 1957, another ‘new model’ was introduced, and, although there were no structural changes, it was given a different name: TR3A. The grille was redesigned to improve cooling and the door and boot handles became standard to increase user comfort. As a result, the roadster increasingly got better and successes in different rallies were beginning to materialise.

The last evolution in the life of the Triumph TR took place in 1962, when the engine capacity was increased to 2136 cc. The gearbox was also synchronised. These models were given the type name TR3B and would serve as a transition model between the TR3 and the TR4. The ‘B’ model was only available in America.
Collection by Vermant is proud to offer you this 1959 Triumph TR3. It is a so-called ‘A’ model, supplied with a 2-litre strong 4-cylinder engine, capable of 100 hp.
The TR was delivered new in California and is executed in ‘British Racing Green’ with a beige leather interior.
A few years ago, this extremely beautiful model was completely restored by a renowned TR specialist. The chassis, body, engine and gearbox as well as the interior were completely renewed. New spoke rims finish the complete look.

A few modifications were carried out during the restoration to improve the comfort of the driver. Consequently, the ‘A’ model was equipped with an EZ electric power steering valued at € 2,550 and a reversing camera, which was very nicely and correctly tucked away. The screen is foldable to keep the classic style of the interior intact.

The car comes with a soft top and side screens - both with a black finish –, toneau cover and roof frame cover cap in beige, a new spare wheel (spoke rim), etc.

The Triumph will enjoy a major maintenance in our own workshop before the sale.

More information and more then 80 pictures on our website: www.collectionbyvermant.be