19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 63

1959 Triumph TR3A

Sold for £17,438

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: WYF 134
Chassis No: TS50310
MOT: Exempt

  • A home-market, right-hand-drive example with overdrive
  • Subject to a comprehensive restoration between 2012 and 2014
  • Matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Offered with a history file that includes the original ‘Buff’ logbook and a large quantity of invoices relating to the restoration

Introduced in October 1955, the TR3 was indeed a little different from the preceding TR2. Changes to the Standard Vanguard-derived 2-litre engine boosted power from 90 to 95bhp, but the most obvious difference was the adoption of an ‘egg box’ radiator grille. The engine developed 100bhp courtesy of a new cylinder head by mid-1956; then in August, Girling front disc brakes and the stronger Phase III Vanguard rear axle were standardised. Cosmetically revised, but mechanically indistinguishable, the TR3A was phased-in during 1957. New front-end styling featured a full-width grille incorporating sidelights/indicators, and for the first time there were locking door and boot handles plus an improved interior.

Chassis number TS50310 is a home-market, right-hand-drive example, and was registered new in the United Kingdom on the 28th of April 1959. Finished in White (as original) with a complementary Blue interior upholstery, the TR3A is fitted with the 1991cc straight-four engine, allied to the four-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Supplied new to a Colin White Esq. of Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, the Triumph passed through four further keepers during the 1960s and 1970s, with it thought that the fourth keeper retained the car from the early 1970s until 2010. Purchased by the vendor in 2012 and affectionally nicknamed ‘Viv’, ‘WYF 134’ was then provided a comprehensive restoration between 2012 and 2014.

The chassis and bodywork were completely repaired and repainted, engine overhauled, gearbox and overdrive unit professionally renovated, an interior refresh, and a new wiring loom fitted. Invoices on file total some £12,664 with the new tonneau, soft-top and side-screens trimmed by Fulcher Coachtrimmers costing £2,434 alone. New wire-wheels and tyres were fitted to complete the restoration. Provided further improvement since the restoration’s conclusion, an aluminium radiator was fitted in 2016 and refreshed starting equipment in 2017. Accompanied by a history file which includes the original ‘Buff’ logbook, a large collection of invoices relating to the restoration and since, 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, 19th 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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