Lot 47 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Sold for £17,662
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: SSU 151
Chassis No: SABTVR033079034007
Mot Expiry: Oct 2013
The Triumph TR3 of 1955 was a direct evolution of the TR2. With it came minor styling revisions, a slight hike in power and the options of an occasional rear seat and a bolt-on steel hard top. The overdrive system for the four-speed manual gearbox was upgraded to work on the top three ratios, effectively giving a seven-speed gearbox. In 1956 the front brakes were changed from drum to disc units. The final iteration of the TR3, the TR3A, appeared in 1957. It was instantly recognisable by its wider front grille, exterior door handles and lockable boot latch. The TR3A continued in production until 1962, by which time 58,236 are said to have been built. Contemporary road tests achieved 0-60mph acceleration times of some 11.5 seconds and a mean top speed of a whisker under 110mph. Overall fuel consumption was in the order of 26mpg.
This 1958 TR3A features Primrose-coloured bodywork complemented by Red interior trim. 'SSU 151' has been the subject of a body-off chassis restoration, during which it was treated to new wire wheels, fresh leather upholstery throughout and an unleaded cylinder head conversion. The vendor currently views the bodywork, interior trim, 1991cc four-cylinder engine and the four-speed manual gearbox as "good". The Triumph's MOT lasts until October 2013.