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*This is a translation done by a machine.

The Triumph TR3 is a two-seater roadster that was produced by Standard Triumph of Coventry in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

TR stands for Triumph Roadster. The TR project began in the early 1950s. The release of the TR1 prototype in 52 raised expectations for commercial availability. So Standard decided to mass produce it. Production of TR2 began in 53.

TR3 is a minor change to TR2. Equipped with a larger carburetor, it is more powerful and the brake system has been improved. It features a grille at the tip of the nose, and the grille of the later-model TR3A is wider.

The TR3 is equipped with a power-up version of the Standard 2-liter 4-OHV engine, and is equipped with a 4-stage manual override box. In terms of performance, it was at the top of its class at the time and became popular as a sports car that filled the gap between the charming MG and the expensive jaguar, especially in the US market. The headlights on the side of the eyes, the fender lines on the front and back with classic intonation, and above all, the large slits on the top of the left and right doors are characteristic. Thanks to this cut, the front wheel position can be confirmed as if it were a car before the war, making it a valuable presence in classic car races.

The TR2 and TR3 are relatively easy to maintain and drive in spite of their age and age (50s), are suitable for competitions, and have a stable price, so they have become the standard selections in the classic car world with wide range of support from beginners to veterans.

Since then, the TR series has evolved into the Michelott-designed TR4, with most of its content intact. It has transformed from a neo classic design to a modern open sports car.


Jun Nishikawa’s Highlights!

It is TR3 which was produced in the latter half of 1956, since the front wheel became the disc brake specification. The current owner has participated in the long-distance classic car rally since 2016, when he imported it from the US (Left Handle). The transmission has been replaced with a Toyota-made transmission, but if you want to participate in rallies and drive aggressively, the replacement with a Toyota-made transmission is more convenient because it is durable and easy to repair.

This is an individual with a huge amount of restoration in the US, including the mission conversion, but unfortunately no detailed information about the restore has been handed down. The odometer points to more than 80,000 miles, but it doesn't seem to have much mileage after the car is restored.

When you look at the real thing, it looks like the original condition is reproduced well except for the mission, and the contrast of sky blue and beige is combined with the vivid configuration, and it is finished with a very strong presence. Of course, it has a certain feeling of use such as small scratches, paint peeling off, and stains on the interior, but I don't think it bothers you unless you want to display it.

I took a test drive, and the engine is working well. It doesn't seem like there's anything you need to do right now, and you can join the Classic Car Rally.

Vehicle Specifications

Model Year1956
Year of PurchaseAug 2016
Engine Capacity1,991cc
Mileage
Transmission4MT
Steering WheelLeft
ColorBlue
Chassis No.TS13349L
Engine No.
InspectionAugust 2019
AreaKyoto, Japan
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