1993 L&R 3 TR3 lightweight
production model; professional spaceframe chassis; hot 2.0 Pinto engine with
Type 9 5-speed 'box; quality fibreglass body; modern-day classic motoring with
When you see this car in the flesh, it is only
when you get close up that you start to question what you are looking at. The
L&R 3 was the brainchild of Les Hunt and Ray Leech (L&R get it!) who ran
a successful business making fibreglass components for trucks, fire engines and
wheelchair buggies (to name a few).
They were Triumph fans and wanted to
use their expertise to manufacture cars (and kits) for a TR3
They based their moulds on imprints taken from geniune panels
and assembled these onto a state-of-the-art spaceframe chassis with designed
input from the team involved in the Caterham. The two-litre Pinto seemed
the natural choice of power unit which they mated to a Type 9 5-speed
The suspension is independent all-round and the cockpit
finished very closely to the original design. Externally, the only real giveaway
to its true identity are the slight arch extensions which mask the slightly
Their plan was to go into limited production, and once they
got past the first prototype stage, this very car was the first production car
they completed. They did such a good job of it, that it is the car used in the
original brochure and for press use (copies on file).
It was first
registered in April 1993 and reads in the logbook as an L&R 3. We
understand that approximately 10 were produced before the partners called it a
day - the costs and complications of producing a low-volume car defeating them
in the end - well, they wouldn't be the first would they?
This car came
into the vendor's hands in 2016 and appears to have done a shade under 17,000
miles since it was produced. It is extremely well specified, including a
windscreen and sidescreens (not fitted), a set of wire wheels (currently also
not fitted), hood sticks and a hood cover (yep - currently not fitted) and a
tonneau - which is!
The vendor has currently set it up for fast
road/track day use, with four new Pirelli 15" tyres on Minilite style wheels. He
has also added brown leather seats from an MX5 which suit the car well and are
most comfortable. Just recently it has had a new master cylinder and a
replacement brake caliper.
The Pinto engine has been tuned - we are told
with a stage 3 head and is reputed to go extremely well...the vendor refers to
the car as a 'lightweight' - adding that it weighs some 250kilos less than
the original - no wonder it goes like stink.
This is an interesting and
sophisticated alternative to a Cobra or Locaterfield kit build and is
already done for you!For more information - contact Matthew Parkin