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For Sale: 1961 Triumph TR3A in Santa Monica, California

$23,500 (OBO)
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Vehicle Description

West Coast Classics are proud to present a superb and great daily driving and and a ground up restoration example of this 1961 TR3A Roadster Convertible in striking 'Sky Blue' color paint with a Black interior with a Black soft top and side curtains.

This is obviously one rare and highly desirable classic British sports car - a completely rust free example of the legendary chrome bumper and grille TR3A roadster! The trunk, floor boards, rocker panels and all the typically rust prone areas are all completely solid and rust free - an obviously always garaged example that was lovingly restored!

The 'Sky Blue' color paint is in simply stunning condition and the interior is also quite extraordinary with Black seats and matching door panels, a lovely original steering wheel and original 'Jaeger' gauges. The Black color soft top is new and the car has its original side curtains, original disc wheels and its original spare wheel with leather strap in its storage compartment. The 1991 cc engine purrs quietly under the hood and the 4 speed manual transmission shifts smoothly through the gears - an absolute pleasure to drive!

The original TR3 (1955-57) was a mildly restyled successor to the TR2 (1953-55) which had won numerous rallies and races in the 1950's making the TR's both famous and respected with 100mph performance from a 4 cylinder engine with 'wet' cylinder liners, a legendary and virtually unbreakable powerplant if one observed the 'redline'! In 1955 The TR3 was introduced with no major mechanical or dimensional changes apart form front disc brakes and a small horsepower gain which was increased from 95bhp to an even 100bhp, an increase of 5 hp over the TR2 thanks to the larger SU H6 carburettors fitted and the addition of a 'high port' cylinder head and enlarged manifold with the introduction of the TR3A in 1958.

The 'Wide Mouth' TR3A was introduced in 1958 updated with various changes including a full width radiator grille and this facelifted model was commonly referred to as the Triumph 'TR3A, although this was an unofficial referral and it soon gained a much wider following from its predecessors the TR2 & TR3, being much improved and more civilized thanks to better seats, proper door handles and other improved interior refinements. Marked by a full width stamped grille it was respectfully referred to as the 'Wide Mouth' in contrast to the 'Small Mouth' TR3. The TR3A offered sparkling performance at a very competitive price and enjoyed a long production run with buyers and enthusiasts still clamoring for it even after the introduction of the TR4 in 1961, although it has been estimated that only some 9,500 of the original 58,000 built survive in the world today. It proved to be one of the most ubiquitous sports cars of the late 50's and early 60's and enjoyed a long string of competition successes with its thoroughly British character ensuring it an avid enthusiast following that continues to this day, building on the enviable legacy of the TR2, the TR3 enjoyed much success in international motorsport competition with the car being known for its superior braking ability, making it an autocross favorite. The TR3A is often seen in Vintage and Production racing today with the TR3A, despite being almost 50 years old, being still competitive in the E-Production class of SCCA .

The TR3A has since received the coveted certified 'Milestone Car' status recognition by the 'Milestone Car Society' of post war cars (1945-72) who judged their cars in five categories; styling, engineering, roadability, performance and innovation and craftsmanship. A Milestone car had to be superior to its contemporaries in at least two of these categories.

Without a doubt this is one rare piece of British motoring history - a beautifully restored example for any Triumph TR enthusiast or simply any classic British sports car lover to enjoy today!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-787212
  • Price:$23,500 (OBO)
  • Location:Santa Monica, California
  • Year:1961
  • Make:Triumph
  • Model:TR3A
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:1261
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Stock Number:778
  • Trim Level:Black Viny
  • VIN:TS80778L
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Exterior Condition:Mint
  • Bucket Seats:Yes