20th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 208

1962 Triumph TR3B

Sold for £19,688

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 308 XVF
Chassis No: TCF/2561-L
MOT: Exempt

  • 1 of just 3,331 of the final batch of TR3s
  • Purchased by the late vendor in 2018 as a restoration project and provided a comprehensive restoration
  • Matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Offered with a history file that includes a BMHIT Heritage Certificate and photographic record of the restoration

In the US towards the end of production of the TR3/A cars and with the impending launch of the TR4 and its altogether different aesthetics, American dealers concerns and demand for TR3 cars obligated a modest production run of the definitive TR3s, unofficially called the TR3B. The first 500 TSF series examples were equipped with the 1991cc engine mated to the all-synchromesh gearbox of the TR4, while the ensuing TCF series versions featured both the 2138cc engine and TR4 gearbox. Of course, the concerns were basically unfounded, but for the collector or connoisseur today this variant with the extra 20% cubic capacity is both rare and has more 'poke' than its predecessors, with a total production run of 3,331 TR3Bs manufactured in 1962.

Chassis number TCF/2561-L was manufactured on the 19th of October 1962, being despatched to the United States on the 29th of October. Supplied new to the first owner through Genser and Forman Inc. of New York, the TR3B was specified from new with a Black tonneau and side-screens, as well as a heater according to the accompanying BMHIT Heritage Certificate. A TCF-series version, featuring the TR4 2138cc engine and TR4 gearbox, ‘308 XVF’ was imported into the United Kingdom in 2018 and purchased by the late vendor, who then embarked on a full restoration, that was completed in March 2019.

The body was removed from the chassis with the chassis refurbished. The TR3B’s bodyshell was restored and repainted in ‘Ice Blue’ paintwork. The engine was provided a full overhaul with new pistons and liners, as well as an unleaded cylinder head. A new fast road cam, Kenlowe fan and exhaust manifold completed the engine refresh with a new wiring loom provided. An ‘A’-type overdrive unit was added to the original gearbox, with the interior completely retrimmed in Mulberry with Mint piping. The tonneau cover, side screens, hood and wind dodgers were all trimmed in Mulberry, complementing the interior upholstery.

Expenditure added up to over £11,000 on the restoration with the TR3B being chosen for a feature in ‘Triumph World’ magazine (Summer 2020 edition). Added to the TR3B Register upon completion, this matching chassis and engine numbers example is offered with a history file that contains the aforementioned BMIHT Heritage Certificate, TR3B Register Certificate, a very large collection of invoices relating to the restoration, a large selection of photographs documenting the restoration, a copy of the ‘Triumph World’ magazine, and current V5C document.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
Additional viewing for lots 200-254 on Thursday 20th October 2022 from 9am

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