This Triumph is a very clever example of restoration: presented with a complete new (but period-correct) TR3A engine and a totally refurbished body, the Signal red paintwork is the cherry on the cake for this certified piece of english automotive heritage!
Triumph’s TR series began unveiling a prototype (the TR1) at the 1952 London Motor Show: because of the poor handling and the not-so-progressed design, the much-improved TR2 was launched the following year, marking a turning point.
Its two-seater body was mounted on a substantial separate chassis, while suspension was independent by coil springs at the front and a live axle hung on a leaf spring for the rear. The TR3 was nothing but a direct evolution of the previous model, plus minor styling revisions, like a “egg box” radiator grille, a bolt-on steel hard top and Girling front disc brakes.
The final iteration, the TR3A, appeared in ‘57. Instantly recognizable by its full-width front grille, the exterior door handles and lockable boot handle, and improved interior with the clever presence of a classic tonneau cover.
Finished in Signal Red with black upholstery and a black hood, this very smart TR3A is offered for auction with its tonneau cover in a genuinely good condition. This Triumph has undergone complete restoration, carried out by previous owners, and the quality of the process is expressed in the detail of the paintwork and the chromed parts, which appear unscathed by time. Also, the 13” 60-wire spoke wheels and the stainless-steel exhaust appear in absolutely good shape and are fitting Toyo 310 155/R15The plate isn’t period-correct but nevertheless a piece of Italian automotive history.
As for the interiors, the dark black leather presents in good shape and looks carefully restored, with matching rugs. All instruments fitting the dashboard and center console are functional and fully comply with the original TR3A scheme.
The tachometer, displayed in MPH, is framed through the wooden Motolita steering wheel and the mechanical odometer shows that only this car was driven for barely 2168 miles from its complete mechanical restoration.
The engine is a complete and period-correct copy of the original Vanguard-derived 2.0-Litre, in-line 4 engine that originally fit the engine bay, as shown in the documents attached in the gallery. The mechanics are completely restored as seen from the underside, from where the stainless exhaust pipe shines in all its chrome-ish glory.
Offered for auction by its current owner, it was purchased in 2021 after a previous ownership which lasted over two decades. The purchase includes a “Heritage certification”, a ASI eligibility, Black Tonneau Cover as part of stock weather gear, “Certificato di Rilevanza Storica” and its pair of original keys.