1958 Triumph TR3 Convertible
A classic British roadster is the ultimate way of getting your
thrills, and Triumph TR3 is one of the prime examples of this sort
of car. Despite a cute appearance, the car is one of the more
sophisticated sports cars of its era. With multiple racing
victories in the 50s and 60s, these cars retain a steady fan base
and are still raced in competitions around the world.
Dyer classics best describes this consignment as a "Baby faced
corner killer". And indeed, it was with more horsepower than the
Porsche 356, and the first car to have optional 4-wheel disc brakes
which were worked out in earlier racing experiences. Our example
presents in red and has snazzy looking chrome, low side doors and a
1991cc engine. A great car to take out for a tool on a sunny day
and carve out some curves!
With its bugeye sprite-esque looks having bullet style headlights
tucked into the space between the front rounded English wheel
shaped fenders and the hood, and a chromed tooth smiling grille
below it certainly looks friendly upon first inspection. Those
fenders frame chromed wire front wheels, and dive downward and
inward to the low door entries. On its way it sees a shiny window
frame for the front windshield and dual rear-view mirrors on the
tops of the fenders near to the headlights. Just aft of the low
doors is a stainless-steel plate that forms to the front of the
rear fender, which its round form rises upward then gracefully
lowers for the rear quarters and frames the trunk deck. On each
corner are small red dog nose shaped taillights along with some
chrome bezels round running lights. The gas filler is just behind
the passenger cowl in the center, and on the back are dual vertical
bar bumpers. A side view is like looking at waves of the ocean
breaking not one, not twice, but 3 times along the sides of this
beautiful Triumph. Also, it's worth mentioning, a black convertible
top in good condition that needs to be attached to the top frame
assembly and side curtains are included...Blimey!
A swing of the low-slung doors and we see black vinyl door panels
with their crescent curved sills and chromed actuator and inclement
weather side panel holders. Black vinyl covers low back bomber
buckets which have horizontal tuck and roll inserts and smooth
bolsters. A rear bench is shoehorned not the back of the same style
and material. On the hump is a cup looking shape which is housing
the shift lever looking much like a Cuba Libre with a drink
stirrer! As we move to the dash front a weathered wood panel is in
the center and shows some cracking. Several round gauges tie
spattering of knobs and pulls and the ignition is within this
panel. Black padded vinyl covers the remainder of the dash front
which includes 2 large circular gauges in front of a larger banjo
style steering wheel. The tonneau covering is black and snaps
nicely to the rear cowl. Black carpeting covers the floors and is
showing in good condition. A nifty feature is a center dash mounted
rear view mirror.
Under the hood in the fully restored engine bay sits a 1991cc
inline 4-cylinder engine. This is being fed by 2 SU carbs and a
4-speed manual transmission is on back with a 3.71 final drive to
put power to the ground.
Some patina, slight surface rust from road rash areas, but red X
framing holds solid floor pans and rockers. Independent coil spring
suspension in front and leaf springs for the back along with disc
front brakes and rear drums.
She fires right up and a totally fun drive for this TR aficionado.
Nothing better than the throaty roar of a 4 banger exhaust
accelerating through the gears smoothly, top down, and carving
corners while doing it. Good solid braking and just a great looking
and driving classic British sports car. We do note that the rear
brakes feel as if they're sticking just a bit.
With a few faults at the seams on the body, and the paint is nice
and shiny with some inclusions and slight rust bubbling. Overall
looks great and performs with a smile on the grille. We give you
the low door TR3 from 1958.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.