Large Mouth: ’58 Triumph TR-3
Post World War II, the Brits resumed building 1930s cars. Difficult times – limited natural resources – largely dictated the use of existing engines and technology. That continued for some time into the 1950s. In 1952, Ken Richardson was hired to manage development of a new sports car. It eventually became the TR-2, with its own new chassis, and a Vanguard engine developing 90 horsepower. The first TR-2 models were produced in 1953, and improvements — including changes and improvements to both body and mechanical specifications — led to the TR-3 model for 1956. The TR-3 was soon updated with several changes, most notably a full-width radiator grille for improved engine cooling. This car became informally known as the TR-3A. Other changes included the addition of exterior door handles, a lockable boot handle, and a full tool kit as standard equipment. Now with 95 horsepower, it propelled its 2,200 pounds to exceed 100 mph. That must be fun! This listing is just the way we like them. It is said to be unrestored and looks like it from the pictures. It has always been a Virginia car and had a continuous string of owners, the last for 30 years, who cared for it properly. The TR-3 is also said to run well. So what do you do with a car like this? SCM valuations have them in the teens to over $40,000. A full restoration may cost you that depending on what you find when you take it apart. You could just paint it like the seller suggests but then the interior will look shabby instead of suitable. Maybe you should just add it to your stable and leave it has your go-to-car. The one that puts a smile on your face for little money. Click here to BUY IT NOW at $17,999. on the eBay auction.