1957 Triumph TR3

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1957
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    TS23978E
  • Engine number 
    TS23978-E
  • Lot number 
    578
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact Lionel on 07831 574381 / [email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.Rare transition car with factory-fitted TR3 and 3A partsOriginally in left-hand drive and destined for North Americafinished in Pearl WhiteReturned to the UK in 1995 and was selected in 2003as an ideal base for a full restorationStripped back to bare metal, converted to right-hand drive and restoredParticularattention was paid to panel gaps and shut linesFully painted in Signal Red andthe interior retrimmed in red-piped blackFully detailedengine bay witha chromed rocker cover and polished dashpotsChrome wires,chrome headlight grilles, sill guards, wind-deflectors, wood rim wheelNow presents superbly with the quality of the restoration much in evidenceLong famed for their rugged reliability and idiosyncratic good looks, the 'side screen' TRs have attracted a fanatical following over the years. The final evolution of the Triumph TR2/TR3 sportscar line (save for the American market TR3B), the TR3A was introduced in September 1957. Great fun to drive, its tough box-section chassis featured independent coil and wishbone front suspension, a leaf-sprung 'live' rear axle and disc/drum brakes. (The first British production car to have front disc brakes as standard). Fitted with a 1991cc four-cylinder OHV unit developing around104bhp and 117lbft of torque, it was reputedly capable of 110mph. A great sales success on both sides of the Atlantic, the model provided a rather more visceral alternative to its MG and Jaguar competition.Arriving in 1957, the TR3A was never officially badged as such and was, in fact, a minor revision of the TR3 with updates includinga new wide grille, exterior door handles, lockable boot and a full tool kit.Offered here as part of The Anthony Hamilton Collection is a charming Triumph TR3A finished in Signal Red with black trim. The commission number confirms this car wasproduced in the late summer of 1957 and this was a 'change over' period for Standard-Triumph whenmany parts from the earlier TR3 were still in stock and were incorporated into the revised TR3A. This explains why this car isfitted with aTR3 front apron with the smaller grille, however, it does have the 3A's external door handles. It was originally in left-hand drive and was destined for the North American market finished in Pearl White. It returned to the UK, we believe, in 1995 and was selected in 2003 as it was a particularly sound, ex-California car, as an ideal base for a full restoration.It was stripped back to bare metal, converted to right-hand drive and restored paying particularattention to panel gaps and shut lines before beingfully painted in Signal Red,the interior retrimmed in red-piped black and all the brightwork refinished. The engine bay was fully detailed and isan absolute delight with a chromed rocker cover and polished dashpots. Sitting on a set of new chrome wires and with its chrome headlight grilles, stainless sill guards, wind-deflectors, wood rim wheel and white hood and tonneau, the little Triumph presents superbly with the quality of the restoration much in evidence.The owner'sfile contains various invoices for serviceand maintenancekeeping this striking TR in the best mechanical condition.No history of British Sports cars would be complete without the venerableTR3 and a rare transition car (3/3A) in this super condition will always be eminently collectable.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16thand 30thJuly. Please contact Lionelon 07831 574381/[email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.