1958 Triumph TR3A
1958 Triumph TR3A
The TR3 was produced by the Standard-Triumph Motor Company from 1955 until 1957 and was the first British production car to have front disc brakes as standard. It was powered by the ubiquitous Standard 1991cc four-cylinder engine that now produced 100 bhp and the four-speed gearbox was available with optional overdrive which was electrically operated. Performance was more than adequate considering the basic cost of below a thousand pounds, with top speed just over a 100mph and 0-60 a spirited 10.8 seconds. Only one tenth of the production of over thirteen thousand remained in the UK as the TR3 sold very well in the USA and was a motorsport 'stalwart' in the Sports Car Club of America.
This is a well known TR3A full-race car which has successfully competed in various race championships over many decades, and a many time clas winner, including Thoroughbreds, Swinging 60s, TR Register, HSCC, Top Hat and Masters series. Powered by a 2198cc full steel engine lightened and balanced, very special Raceterations 89mm forged pistons, steel crank, 'Carillo' rods, This has all been built p4roffessionally into a replacement block and new liners, a complete refresh and unraced since. tubular exhaust manifold, and a lightweight steel flywheel. Fuelled by twin 45 DCOE Webers it revs to 7,600rpm, and produces circa 170bhp at the rear wheels. The engine has just had a refresh ready for the sale and at the same time was fitted with a brand new race cylinder head, a new radiator, and cooling pipes. The car was also given a geometry check and set up, and some pre-race prep,and this work was carried out by Jigsaw Racing.
The gearbox is a four-speed'dogbox' and has been rebuilt with new bushes with a twin plate clutch and a Quaife limited slip differential. The suspension includes Spax adjustable front dampers, upgraded rear lever arms, anti-roll bar, and lowered and stiffened coil springs which have been rebuilt by our vendor. Wheels are Minilite rep with 0048 tyres, It also has a foam filled tank and a safety devices cage. The car is fittted with a plumbed in extinguisher system , and battery cut offs.
The body is all GRP paneled with the exception of the steel doors. It's fitted with a roll bar, a new seat, 5-point harness. All inn all it has cost many thousands to produce into the competative car that it is , a winner in the right hands, but too quick for its elderly driver.
A small spares package will come with the car, including some spare steel body panels, wings, boot etc plus grp wings and bonnet. which are tghe parts need3ed to help make it an FIA car, and its worth noting that the tyres currently fitted are also virtually new.
This well respected TR is ready to compete in 2018 although, as with all race cars, a full check over is always advised before going out. It is tax exempt and does not require an MoT. This has been a very competitive car, and would make a perfect introduction to Hill Climbs, Sprints and Historic Racing, is eligible for Thoroughbreds (MGCC), Swinging 60s (CSCC), Top Hat/Masters and various other classic and historic series, including Equipe GTS and HSCC with minor modifications to conform to the different regs.