The Triumph TR3 is a sports car produced between 1955 and 1962 by Standard-Triumph in England. The facelifted variant, popularly but unofficially known as the TR3A, entered production in 1957 and the final version, unofficially the TR3B, was produced in 1962.
Although the car generally came as an open two-seater, an occasional rear seat and bolt-on steel hardtop were available as options.
The car was powered by a 1991cc inline 4-cylinder overhead valve engine initially producing 95 HP, an increase of 5 HP over the TR2 due to the larger SU-H6 carburetors installed. This power was then increased to 100 HP at 5000 rpm thanks to the addition of a “high port” cylinder head and an enlarged manifold. The four-speed manual gearbox could be supplemented by an overdrive unit on the first three gears, operated electrically and controlled by a switch on the dashboard. In 1956, the front brakes were changed from drums to discs, making the TR3 the first British production car to be equipped with them.
In 1957, the TR3 was updated with various changes, including a full-width radiator grille, and this improved model was commonly referred to as the Triumph “TR3A.” However, the cars were not marked as such and the name “TR3A” was not officially used. The “TR3A” was built between 1957 and 1962.
Upgrades included a new wide front grille, exterior door handles, a lockable trunk handle and a complete tool kit as standard (optional on the TR3).
This car was bought in 2009 in the USA, after a complete body and upholstery restoration. It then underwent an engine restoration (and the switch to 2.1L) in 2012. Since her arrival in Belgium in 2009, she has driven +/- 17,000 miles. The car is still in excellent mechanical and body condition. It is equipped with the highly desirable Overdrive, rear seat and long range headlights.
Recent work includes the refurbishment of the overdrive (in UK), the replacement of the brake master cylinder and the front brake hoses. The maintenance was done in April 2022.
An expert report, carried out in 2010 and 2022, is available on request.