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1961 Triumph TR3 Roadster British Racing Green over Biscuit! Recently restored!

Make: Triumph
Model: TR3
Type: Roadster
Year: 1961
Mileage: 33629
VIN: TS68014
Color: British Racing Green
Engine: 2138cc
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: 4-speed overdrive
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Biscuit
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

1961 Triumph TR3 Additional Info:

British Racing Green over Biscuit! Recently restored! 4-speed overdrive! Upgraded TR3 2138cc motor!

When the Triumph TR3 first appeared, in 1955, Triumph intended not simply to update the previous TR2 but also bring the Triumph driving experience and styling into the second half of the '50s! Being conservative by nature, Triumph debuted the car with the TR2's 95 horsepower 1991cc 4 cylinder motor and drive train, which was actually more than enough for a car that weighed just over 2,000 pounds. However, Triumph then launched the TR3A in 1957. The TR3A further improving the car and incorporating wider front grille and becoming the first production car to feature front disc brakes! There were just 58,236 TR3As produced, of which less than 9,500 are documented to survive today! The ultimate iteration came in 1962 with the introduction of the TR3B, which later came standard with a 2138cc engine making 105 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a full synchromesh 4-speed manual gearbox.

I am very pleased to offer this late model 1961 Triumph TR3A! The car is finished in a classic shade of British Racing Green over Biscuit interior. The car is powered by a 2138cc 4 from the later TR3Bs, a healthy upgrade from the original 1,991cc engine, and a fully synchronized 4-speed manual overdrive transmission! These are features found in the later TR3B and may suggest that this car was something of a predecessor to that car? The car is further fitted with several nice touches, including side curtain wind wings, electric radiator cooling fan, rack-and-pinion steering and 5.5" TR6 wheels.

Local New Mexico TR3A that has been totally frame off reconditioned over the last two years. Car was completely dissembled and sand blasted. Then any rust was removed and replaced with new/repaired sheet metal. Body is very straight with excellent fit. Complete paint in the base coat/clear coat British Racing Green was done, all rubber trim replaced. New wiring harness, all trim, upholstery, and carpeting was redone and a new windshield installed. Engine and gearbox plus entire drivetrain rebuilt with new aluminum radiator and electric cooling fan, brakes, exhaust, suspension etc. Restoration is not Pebble Beach quality but very good for local shows and ready to drive anywhere. Interior has all restored gauges, lights and signals functioning as they should. Soft top frame has been restored with a tonneau cover and new side curtains while the soft top itself is a little rough and could use renewing.

New wiring harness, trim redone with new windshield. Engine and overdrive gearbox plus entire drivetrain rebuilt with new carburetors, brakes, exhaust, suspension etc. Complete paint in British Racing Green, and all new leather and trim pieces in the cabin. The car runs and drives exceptionally well thanks to a recently rebuilt motor and transmission. The car makes for a very drivable and presentable example of one of Britain's most popular roadsters and should make the next owner extraordinarily proud both at local shows and on short road trips! We would welcome any additional questions on this TR3A; please don't hesitate to call! Thanks for looking!

I expect lots of questions, so I'll try to answer all that I can in advance.

I've had the car since the early '80s. March of 1983 I think. I did a top level restoration right after I originally bought the car and drove it daily until the ignition failed in '92. It then sat for several years until I decided to do a frame off restoration in 2015 or 2016. I pulled it down and worked on the restoration, on and off, till last spring when I more or less finished. I've been driving it occasionally since and, at the same time, ironing out some of the residual issues from the restoration.

I have several other cars I'm working on and have garage space for them all, or did have till I bought a partially restored '56 ford pickup and now I'm stuck for a place to put it. As it happens, I like restoring these guys more than I like owning them and since this one's now done it's the one my wife and I think should go. That is unless one of you wants a '59 XK150 in pieces or a '67 retro-model jaguar MK2?

Anyway, here's a partial list of the things I've done to the car:

  • Frame off restoration
  • Newly rebuilt 2138 cc TR4 engine
  • New SU carburetors
  • Also rebuilt 4 speed with overdrive
  • New Performance Free-Flow Exhaust
  • Adapted 5.5" TR6 wheels
  • Rebuilt suspension and steering
  • TR4 rack and pinion steering
  • Front anti-sway bar
  • New suspension bushings front and rear
  • Break Job
  • Aluminum radiator
  • Electric radiator fan with thermostatic switch
  • All new or rebuilt gauges
  • New switches throughout
  • New wiring harness
  • New base coat/clear coat paint, British Racing Green
  • New upholstery, Biscuit
  • New carpet in the cab and boot
  • New body rubber
  • Newly restored convertible top frame
  • New side curtains
  • New side curtain wings
  • New windshield
  • Lots of other new or restored parts like bumpers (front and back), grill, heater core, horns, even the shift knob is new.
  • As far as the price goes, I want an equitable price for the car. As close to market as I can get but I'm not asking for the very top of the market either. So I set a reserve that will take me up above my pain threshold but should still leave room for bidding and yet get someone a car they didn't have to pay too much for. By the way, if I'm made an offer before the bidding gets to my reserve, I'll certainly give it due consideration.

    As one of you wrote, it's a very nice car. Please feel free to bid with confidence.

    If you have any questions or would like additional photos please feel free to email me.