1956 Triumph TR3

A sharp example; ready to go; quality restoration with photographic history

Long famed for their rugged reliability and idiosyncratic good looks, the 'sidescreen' TRs have attracted a fanatical following over the years.

Powered by a virtually indestructible 1,991cc four-cylinder, wet-liner OHV pushrod engine, the gutsy TR2 was capable of a genuine 100mph. Not only that, in its 1954 road test, 'The Motorcar' praised Britain's lowest-priced ton-up car for returning 'astonishing fuel economy' of 34.5mpg over 1,904 miles.

The TR2 was replaced by the TR3 in 1955, now with 100bhp on tap (5bhp up on the TR2) and front disc brakes. Great fun to drive, its tough boxed-section chassis featured independent coil and wishbone front suspension, a leaf sprung 'live' rear axle and disc / drum brakes. Capable of sprinting to 60mph in just 10.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 109mph, it was finally replaced by the more Italianate TR4 in 1961.

This smart TR3 dates from 1956 and came to the UK from South Africa - a RHD market known for its sunshine and lack of road salt. Purchased in 2014 from the owner of a major paint supplier in Pretoria, it arrived in the UK in September and was sent by its new owner for a significant restoration.

Photos on file show a comprehensively stripped car, which was subsequently built up with a fresh interior and a rebuilt engine - including new pistons and liners. Bills on file from this period list many of the parts replaced which inlcude a hi-torque starter and new/reconditioned ancilliaries.

It was first UK registered a year after arrival in the name of the gent who imported it originally, passing to our vendor in April 2014.

He has used it sparingly, the car having covered very few miles in the last few 'Covid' years and is now on offer, still looking fresh from its restoration.

Ready to be enjoyed straight away, these TR3s can be used in a wide range of Motorsport, or simply driven to the pub on a sunny day - its time to treat yourself...

For more information - contact matthew.parkin@brightwells.com

Reg No: 968UYM
Chassis Number: TS/12578-L
Engine Number: TS10114E
Engine Size: 1991
Docs: V5C; one old MOT; invoices; photograph book; import documents

Sale Section & Buyers Premium (ex VAT): Car 12%, Minimum £150

Estimate: £21,500-23,500

Lot 43

Lot ended

Wednesday 30/03/2022

Hammer Price (inc. buyers premium)

£20,808
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