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A very unique ‘Works’ designated Triumph TR3 with exceptional historic provenance
Mohair hood, side screens and full/rear tonneau covers, detachable front screen, central stop lamp, 5in tachometer and speedometer, fuel, water temperature, ammeter and oil pressure gauges, button starter, scuttle ventilator, panel lights, glove locker, door pockets. Optional Extras: Electrically operated overdrive, Lucas auxiliarly lamps, Desmo chrome door mirror, stainless steel luggage rack, leather bonnet/boot straps, knock-on type wire wheels, 16 Jewel Ingersoll Triumph day clock, Agat stop watches X2, Mike Lempert wooden steering wheel.
This highly collectable very early TR3 Works car is finished in Signal Red and looks fetching at any angle. All the chrome, accessories and very expensive mohair all-weather equipment is in excellent order. Enjoyed immensely for touring and top revival meets the perfection seeking owner will find an elusive chip and markings to the rear arch guards but make no mistake, this car is very smart. Documented expenditure from its total restoration by the late Brian Lofts in 1988 totals £71,602.78 and reveals the care lavished on this show stopper. A remarkable established tourer.
A well-appointed interior finished in Stone leather has all the qualities of a traditional sports tourer with bucket type seats, thick pile carpeting and working Jaeger instrumentation. The correct chromed grab handle and rear view mirror is supplemented by period accessories such as Agat stop watches and a Mike Lempert wooden steering wheel. Spotlessly clean, one will find age related marks such as light veins to the seats and marks to the padded leather edging, but these will not deter the exhibiting type enjoying the admiration from onlookers. A complementary interior used to publicity from new.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The original engine remains fitted having completed a full documented engine rebuild enjoying the benefits of unleaded fuel use and 87mm bore pistons and liners as per the works rally cars. Modern enhancements such as a high-torque starter, an alternator and electronic ignition improve reliability and use but nice period touches such as the glass and Bakelite electric windscreen washer bottle remain. The single dry plate hydraulically operated clutch enables smooth progress through the 4-speed gearbox and the optional overdrive snaps in instantly. A real pleasure.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Immaculate and optional knock-on type chrome wire wheels are shod in branded 155 SR15 tyres with ample tread. The separate lockable compartment houses a new spare. Uprated disc brakes at the front are gripped by Wilwood 4 piston calipers and drums to the rear.
Truly exceptional. Built by the Standard Motor Company Limited on Wednesday 26th October 1955 at 11.30am, just 15 days into Triumph TR3 production, and sent to the works teaching and PR section. This matching numbers car registered as SWK 772 can be seen in early photos promoting the Stanley Baker motor sport-themed thriller, Checkpoint. An overwhelming, articulate and chronically filed history reveals ownership tales, competition foils, expenditure logs totalling tens of thousands of pounds and many literature entries. These include an extensive feature in the widely respected Triumph TR guru, Bill Piggot and his book ‘Triumph TR2, 3 &3A in Detail’, a copy of which is included. The previous owner who purchased the vehicle from Hurst Park Automobiles Ltd for £39,000 commissioned a hard copy book entitled, ‘A Car of its Time’ dedicated solely to this car and its fascinating past. Efforts in the making also traced the original owner who was reunited with the car some 55 years after purchasing it with photos taken in the same location both in 1957 and 2014! A brief outline of this cars timeline can be found on the following link. https://drive-my.com/en/retro-carss/item/1857-life-cycle-triumph-tr3.html
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