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TRIUMPH - 1956 TR3 with FIVA Passport
It was 1952 and the Triumph TR1 was debuted to the automotive world at Earls Court Motor show. The original body-style remained quite similar through the next few versions made with little to tell the models apart from the initial launched one...
The Standard-Triumph Company eventually brought on Ken Richardson to develop and create what eventually became the TR2. In the summer of 1953 the first off-tools TR2s were produced. In time, the model received its own purpose-built chassis frame that incorporated front suspension that had initially been developed for the Mayflower. The 2088cc Vanguard engine was developed further into a sturdy 90hp under a 1991cc 2-liter engine. The back end of the car was revised to now provide a trunk along with an enclosed spot for the spare tire. Richardson tested a prototype TR2 on a closed stretch Jabbeke highway in the spring of 1953 and achieved nearly 125mph in speed trim and around 105mph in street trim.
The TR3 could by easily recognized by its small mouth grille in 1955. The opening is still small, but the grill itself is no longer far recessed, but instead nearly flush with the front valence. A total of 17,000 units of this model were produced. Three years later Triumph opened the grill up to increase air flow and the TR3A wide mouth was introduced. This model ended up being the most popular of TR2/TR3 series at 58,236 units.
For 1956 the TR3 model was debuted with numerous continual developments, updates and minor changes to both the body and mechanical specifications. The TR3 came with a wide-mouth grille, a trunk with lock, more stable bumpers, updated headlamps and an additional 5 hp. The TR3 went through two phases. The first of these phases involved 1955 and 1956 models that were different from the TR2 by a flush-set eggcrate grille. Though they were still twin SUs, larger carbs were introduced and added 5 hp which bumped the 2.0-liter four-cylinder 95. 5 hp came by an interim switch in cylinder heads after the original 3,300 engines from the introductory LeMans casting to a high port design. Modified ports were also added to the TR3.
The second phase of the TR3 began with 1957 models which eventually became the first series-built British cars with standard front disc brakes. The Triumph Company also updated and improved the rear drums and substituted a sturdier back axle, still leaf-spring. Independent front suspension continued with coil springs and double wishbones. GT Kit was all an all new feature aimed at rallyings Sport and GT classes. This GT Kit option delivered the factory liftoff hardtop and outside door handles.
In 1958 a TR3A version was introduced and featured the handles as standard, which bowed for 58 wearing a somewhat Detroit-inspired wide-mouth grille plus a truck handle that locked, updated headlamps and less obvious bumpers even more sturdy. Sales were much better now and Triumph was behind the scenes working on a much more stylish sports vehicle that would appear in 1961, the TR4. The TR3A featured an upsized 2.1-liter engine in 1959, though very few were installed. A total of 58,000 TR3A models were sold while U.S. distributors stalled importation of the TR4 successors and instead, a U.S. market only introduced was TR3B model. A total of 3,331 of these models were produced, and most had the TR4¢€²s 100-hp 2.1-liter engine and all-synchro gearbox.
By 1961 Triumph found itself overwhelmed with a iety of TR3As due to overproduction and misjudged market demand. The Triumphs U.S. distributor wasn’t 100% sure of the new TR4 and chose to dispose of leftover TR3As. This resulted in the TR3B, which featured nicer appointments and the TR4′s new all-synchro gearbox. All except 500 models received the 2.1 engine.
By 1961, production of the TR3 was largely ended and replaced with the TR4, which was similar mechanically, but featured much more modern styling and plenty more comfort features. The North American market received around 3,331 of TR3Bs in 1962, most of them having a larger 2138cc engine, built largely to TR3A specs, and all models came with all-synchro TR4 transmission. Total production of the TR2-3B production was less than 80,000 models. Several TR engines powered versions of the Morgan sports vehicle. A few cars, such as the Swallow Doretti, Warwick, (Vignale) Italia and the Peerless shared basic TR2-3 running gear. .
The TR2-3-3A Generation was retired in October of 1962 after seven Years of a remarkable product.
This Car was sold by Premium Classic Cars, just over a year ago, following Extensive Restoration work done in our Workshops here in Suffolk during the Autumn & Winter of 2011.
A Change in Circumstances for the owner, sadly Poor Health has led to Premium Classic Cars,not hesitating to purchase the car again.
During the recent months the car has had sparing use in Italy,which has included a Classic Car Rally around the Shores of Lake Como,Suffice to say,never seeing any Precipitation running faultlessly in the Italian Sunshine.
This TR3 from. 1956 is fantastically original, Stunning on Painted Wire Wheels in Matching Body Colour & with Correct Period Blue interior and Beautiful Matching Navy Blue Mohair Weather Gear, including Custom Tonneau & Navy Blue restored period Correct Side Screens,a Car that Turns heads every where it goes. This Car fitted with the Extremely rare Period Finned Grill a Rare Car Indeed. With a well documented History File / the Provenance is Excellent and the Investment potential extremely well underwritten.
This Car has a Number of Highly desirable ” Extras ” must haves for those planning an assault on the Mille Miglia or Indeed any of the Worlds leading Classic Car Events,f or which the TR3 is so well suited.Specification includes.
High Flow Radiator with Kenlowe Fan.
Drivers & Passenger Removable FIA Willans Harnesses in Black/ made for this car by Willans to an original TR3 works Pattern.
Pair of Tag & Heuer Rally Time Clocks including Stop Watch.
Monit 100 / fully Calibrated / Retro Trip Meter Calibrated to the Car.
Twin Period Driving Lamps.
Uprated/ Period Correct Competition rear Leaf Springs / with Poly Bushes throughout, all 4 x corners.
Dynolite, fully Uprated Charging System Supporting 40 amps Current Draw facilitating full use of Trip Meter and Lights etc simultaneously.
Period Le Mans rear Leather Panel Straps.
Twin 12 Volt outlets / discreetly mounted for Tom Tom / Mobile Phone Charging.
FIA / Battery Isolator / Kill Switch.
Polished & Ported Head with hardened Valve Seats for use with Modern Fuels.
72 Spoke painted Competition Wire Wheels.
Correct Period / very Rare Luggage Rack.
Upgraded Brake Linings / for Fast Road Use with Competition Clutch Plate / Lightened Balanced Flywheel,in short a great fast Road Spec that takes nothing from the Originality of the car. Hard Wiring for Second Coil as Back up for Quick change on Events with Period Correct Positioning in the Engine Bay.
This car is with us in Suffolk, since the 1st of October 2012 and represents a chance to purchase an extremely desirable correct TR3. Stunning in Ivory with Navy Blue.
The Car is offered for sale following our Engine-out -Detailing thus in summary a faultless car equally at home on Show or in any Paddock!
Viewings are Welcome with us in Suffolk and as always, it is a pleasure to Pick up our Overseas Visitors from London Stansted arrange Accommodation if Desired at the wonderful Crown Castle Hotel in Orford, where the Restaurant is a Delight to be enjoyed.
Shipping World wide is easily arranged via our office and If heading- for mainland Europe the car can be delivered by Phil personally utilising our Covered Trailers.
This is one of the 1st cars to find its way back to us and was prepared very Much with Mille Miglia Entry in Mind. as such a rarely paralleld opportunity to jump a longer lead time associated with a Ground up Restoration and take delivery of an outstanding TR3 with a huge Specification for early this 2013
A new owner, has the chance, to apply for Entry to Brescia in May next year / a “Must do Experience” sponsored by Chophard, for those who love to drive their Classic Cars,a Lifetime experience amongst some of the best Scenery in the World ”
With Just 100 miles since a full engine rebuild by ourselves,the car is to be set up on the Rolling Road, prior to any new Owner taking delivery ,This is a quick car / 2 litre, solid reliability and huge fun, an Original* Factory Hard Top can be supplied by separate negotiation. —- Any Viewing will simply underwrite the wonderful Photography Martina has done.
A very Rare Chance to Buy a fully Prepared Car and enjoy motoring with a quickly appreciating Classic Car.
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Price: 43,995.00 GBPCurrency Converter
Condition: cond 2 Excellent
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Name: Premium Classic Cars
Country: United Kingdom
State or Region: Suffolk
Postal code: IP12
Languages: English, German
Tel: +44 (0)1394 459 493, +44 (0)7899 912 226