16 August 1998
1960 TRIUMPH TR3A SPORTS TWO-SEATER
Chassis No. TS57922LSTC60
Red with black interior Engine: four cylinder inline, overhead valve, 1,991cc giving c110bhp at 5,000rpm; Gearbox: 4-speed manual with electric overdrive; Suspension: front - unequal length A-arms and coil springs, rear - rigid axle equipped with semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: disc front with drum rears. Left hand drive.
In 1957, Triumph introduced the TR3 line. The new TR3 was seen as an improved version of its predecessor, the TR2, in both design and engineering. The sporty new TR3A had formidable speed potential topping out at over 105mph. The TR3A featured a considerably larger grille complete with its own badging. The wider eggcrate style of the new grille earned it the nickname of wide mouth from Triumph enthusiasts. The TR3A came equipped with a multitude of options including wire or steel wheels and a greater selection of exterior colors to choose from, as well as recessed headlights and a locking trunk lid.
As with many British marques, Triumph and especially the early TRs became familiar in competitions from club to international level. At the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1960, all three cars finished and in 1961 they placed ninth, eleventh and fifteenth to take the team award. The model was also well supported for SCCA categories.
The TR3A on offer today was purchased by the vendor in 1987 following a complete frame up restoration by the previous owner. The former owner had restored the Triumph with the intention of racing the car when he had finished and his modifications included a pair of Weber (42DCO8E) carburettors for increased performance. In addition, a custom Moto Lita wood steering wheel was added to give the driver an extra edge in competition while tactfully maintaining the car's clean interior appearance. The eight spoke racing rims with chrome spinners complete the TR3A's sleek appearance. This example also comes equipped with the desirable electric overdrive and an alternator replaces the original dynometer.
The current owner, a Pebble Beach award-winner and professional restorer, has driven the TR3A less than 500 miles since 1987 and has concentrated on making mechanical and cosmetic upgrades. The extensively detailed interior, sparkling chrome, high gloss reflective paint and overall condition of this automobile should make it a fun, affordable and highly usable classic.
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