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In the wake of an attempt to take over Morgan Motor Company, Standard-Triumph developed its own sporting roadster to compete with MG. Following the prototype TR, the restyled TR2 debuted in 1953. Powered by a Standard Vanguard-derived 1,991 cc “four,” the TR2 was aimed squarely at the sub- two-litre racing classes and proved itself by winning the 1954 RAC Rally. Its successor, the TR3, first appeared in 1955 and in a similar vein dominated American SCCA E-production events.
Upgrades to the basic TR3 for 1956 included a dramatically revised frontal treatment and mechanical updates, including larger carburetors and modified intake ports, which raised the engine’s output to 100 bhp. The TR3 was the first production car to feature front disc brakes as standard, another welcome addition. While the TR3 gained a loyal following, surprisingly few of these sporting icons remain today, and each surviving example is highly prized.
The 1960 Triumph TR3 offered here has been nicely restored and is equipped in the style of the works rally team. The Triumph works rally team consisted of five green TR3s, contesting celebrated events including the 1958 Monte Carlo Rally, where they achieved a 3rd in Class finish in the hands of Peter Boulton and Peter Craven, and the 1958 Alpine Rally, where a works car was driven to 2nd in Class by Ian Titherington.
Perhaps this TR3’s most striking feature, a hallmark of the successful works rally cars, is the Lucas spotlight mounted in the hardtop, which was maneuverable from inside the car by the copilot to aid navigation.
Other works rally features include a Halda Speedpilot rally computer, two dash-mounted stopwatches (manufactured by Heuer and Leonidas), a flexible stalk-mounted map light, Lucas driving lights, and a rear-mounted Lucas high-intensity reversing lamp.
The TR3 has been subject to a thorough restoration, which is documented through a large number of receipts. This incredibly handsome automobile is accompanied by a rare factory hardtop, a full original tool roll, original jack, silver painted wire wheels, original owner’s manual, and British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate.
Reminiscent of the successful works rally cars, this TR3 will undoubtedly reward its new owner, looking to enjoy a weekend tour and a warm welcome at a range of local shows and events.