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Lot 75

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1960 Triumph TR3A

SOLD $33,000

Estimate

$30,000 - $40,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

TS 57452L

Engine

TS 57469E

Car Highlights

Fully Restored, Excellent Condition
Valid for E-Production Class of SCCA Events
Rare 2.1-Litre Engine
Fully Documented Example
Charming and Correct Presentation

Technical Specs

2,138 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
100 BHP at 4,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Disc and Rear Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Live-Axle Rear Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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This Car

This car is a rare example of the TR3A sporting the 2.1-litre engine – an upgrade offered in 1959 but only installed in very few cars. Its comprehensively documented history, which accompanies the TR3A at sale, is an additional distinguishing feature.

This very correct TR3A has had only four owners to date, two of whom were members of the same family in St. Francis, Kansas, and who retained the car up until 2004. Victor Dankeuging, the penultimate owner, an engineer with a penchant for detail, purchased the Triumph from the family and commissioned a restoration. This work is carefully and photographically catalogued in a meticulous file that includes $77,147 of receipts. On Dankeuging’s passing the Triumph was placed into storage until 2013 when it was purchased from the Dankeuging estate by the consignor. The current owner embarked upon a 1,000-mile tour this past year, during which the consignor stated that the car ran perfectly. He also reported that the Triumph is extremely reliable and that he would take it anywhere.

Believed to display its original colors, this sporty red TR3A has a black interior with white piping and is accompanied by a luggage rack and complete all-weather gear, including top, side curtains, tonneau cover, and full tool kit.

Presenting beautifully, this TR3A is ideal for fun Sunday drives and local concours events.

The TR3A

Although the TR3A was an upgraded TR3, the new version was never officially titled as such. Therefore, the Triumph aficionado will recognize this desirable model by its updated features – the wider front grille, slightly larger bumpers, exterior door handles, modified headlamps, and lockable trunk handle.

The TR3 was built as a sporty open two- seater, a true convertible designed specifically for hard-core drivers with detachable rain protection, and was produced from 1955 through 1962 by Standard-Triumph Motor Company in Coventry, England. Its successor, the TR3A, began production in 1957 and continued until 1962, when it was in turn followed by the TR4.

During its six-year production run, more than 58,000 TR3As were built attesting to its enormous popularity – most being shipped to the US – but it is estimated that fewer than 10,000 remain today. In June 1977, the TR3A was audited by Road & Track magazine and found to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 12 seconds. The TR3A’s improved disc brakes offered superior braking ability and with its responsive and somewhat forgiving nature, this Triumph model became especially attractive for autocross and rally driving.