Built in Coventry by the Standard Triumph Motor Company between 1955 and 1962, the TR3 was an evolution of the older TR2, with more power and better brakes in a new body. They were a sales success and popular as weekend racers when new as time trial and hill climbs were a popular pastime.
It is a true roadster, open to the elements with removable weather protection, most sold to the USA, where owners in warm states like California loved them.
30 years ago this TR3 was built into a road going event car set up for hill climbs and other motorsport events, making an already fun car both very fun and very fast.
There isn’t a lot of paperwork with this car, but we do have pictures from the previous owner from when the Triumph was built into a competition car, it comes with the V5 in the current owners name, however the registration number does not come with the car
The driver's seat has been replaced with a Corbeau bucket seat complete with Luke 4 point harness, and a roll bar fitted - now covered with entry stickers from past events.
The passenger seat is a TR7 black vinyl and red tartan item from the factory.
Being a competition car it is more about go than show so is not immaculate but is in good solid condition, free of rust despite marks on the paint from use in events, but the panels are straight and have tidy gaps. It has fibre glass wings and bonnet to save weight, and new tyres have been fitted too long ago.
The back fabric hood has a couple of nicks but is more than presentable and fits well.
Uprated for hillclimbs and time trials, it has an uprated camshaft and close ratio gearbox with overdrive fitted and the owner tells us other mechanical parts have been uprated as well - looking under the car we can see the clean paint and metal of new suspension components, even the diff still looks clean, and the exhaust appears recent.
The underfloor looks clean and free of corrosion.
He reports it not only runs superbly, its very fast too!
If you want to enter classic events such as hill climbs, time trials or even historic rallies, this would be the perfect car to take home as all the heavy lifting of rebuilding a classic car into a competition machine has been done.
Restoring a classic is always expensive, building for competition even more so and as this car has a new chassis and suspension, so this is a ready to run car waiting to be driven!
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