1959 Triumph TR3A

Make: Triumph
Model: TR3A
Year: 1959
Registration Number: XOL 957
Chassis Number: TS386310
Engine Number: TSA743FRE
Transmission: Manual with Overdrive
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Guide Price: £24000 - 26500
Road Tax Exempt

Lot No: 228

The original two-seat, open tourer TR3 first went into production in October 1955. From 1956, front brakes were changed from drums to discs, the first British production sports car to do so. In 1957 the TR3 was updated with some cosmetic changes, including a full width radiator grille, exterior door handles, lockable boot and a complete tool kit. With these somewhat minor changes the TR3 unofficially became the TR3A and finally ceased production in 1962, ultimately becoming the third highest selling TR after the 6 and the 7.

Finished in red with a contrasting black interior and with chrome wire wheels, this striking TR3A has been a past concours competitor and remains, we understand, in very good condition. We are assured that the mechanics of the motor car have been maintained to a high standard. The vendor tells us that the body is sound and solid with a nice panel fit; the interior is smart and the instrumentation is understood to be all in working order.  For the wind-in-the-hair motorist, the TR is supplied with aero screens in addition to the full-width windscreen; full weather equipment and a tonneau cover finishes off the competition car style.

With prices of Austin-Healeys escalating in recent years, Triumph’s TR range is surely next to follow and there is just one way for values to travel: upwards. The file supplied includes the V5C registration certificate and its replacement, a quantity of MOT test certificates, invoices and some images. In September, XOL 957 travelled to Perigueux in south west France and back, covering the 1650 mile journey with total reliability, to successfully compete in the International Charente Rally at Angouleme. With aero screens in place, of course!

Auction Date: 24 October 2019