1963 Triumph TR3 RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $25,000-$35,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $34,100

100bhp, 2,138 cc Triumph TR4 overhead valve inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed synchromesh manual transmission, unequal length A-arms with coil spring independent front suspension, rigid rear axle with leaf springs, front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 88"

Heavily influenced by the prototype TR, the TR2 debuted in late 1953 and quickly became renowned for its reliability, superior gas mileage and commendable performance. In fact, thanks to a price tag lower than the Austin-Healey and several race victories including the 1954 RAC Rally, the car soon became a favorite with the motoring public, who endured long waiting lists to acquire their own.

Introduced at the 1955 London Motor Show, the TR3 was added as a supplement to the TR2 range of sports cars. External changes included a new grille and stainless steel fender beading. A back seat for children was also made available, as was an overdrive option on the four-speed transmission. Under the hood, 1.5-inch S.U. carburetors were replaced with bigger 1.75-inch carburetors that helped to boost power output up from 90bhp to 100bhp. Interior ventilation was improved by a cowl vent and sliding panels in the side curtains.

In 1962 the TR3 ĺ s successor was introduced, however the US distributor for Triumph was a little skeptical about how it would be received in North America and requested that Triumph carry the TR3 for one more year to buffer sales. Called the TR3B, the first of these cars were identical to the TR3A, which was had been in production since 1958 while the later ones were fitted with the larger 2.1-liter engine and all synchromesh transmission, as found in the TR4.

The 1963 Triumph offered here in red with a black leather interior accented by white piping is one of the last of the Triumph TR3B Roadsters ever made and as such possesses the larger 2.1 liter engine and the synchromesh transmission. It has been in the possession of the current owner for over twenty years during which time it was treated to exemplary care. It has undergone a full body-off restoration, which included rebuilding the engine, stripping the paint to bare metal, and reupholstering the interior. The Triumph also comes with side curtains and a tonneau cover. Believed to be one of only 250 of its kind, this Triumph is the most rare of all the TR3 series.

Reference Number 11258

as of 7/14/2007

Car 1963 Triumph TR3 Roadster
VIN TS79910L 
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