BaT Auction: 59 Years-Owned 1957 Triumph TR3
This Triumph TR3 was manufactured in 1956 as a 1957 model and was bought by its second owner in 1959, remaining with him until the selling dealer’s recent purchase. Its original 1,991cc inline-four developed problems in 1962, and was replaced with a low-mile motor from a 1958 TR3. The car was used a daily driver for years before being put away in the late 1980s, and a body-off restoration was commissioned in October 2001. The body and frame were bead-blasted to bare metal, and the car was repainted in factory-correct Pearl White. The car was completed in March 2002 and won Best in Class at the 2003 Forest Grove Concours, going on to tour and enter other regional British car shows. This TR3 is sold by Cascadia Classic with a 1959 purchase order from Rambo Motors in Portland, restoration receipts, service records since 2001, hard and soft tops, two covers, a tonneau cover, factory literature, and a clean Oregon title.
This is a re-list after the car previously sold on BaT in October and the winning bidder could not follow through with the purchase due to extenuating circumstances. The non-sale was not due to any fault of the seller or with the car, and the buyer’s fee was not refunded.
The 2001-2002 repaint was carried out with factory-correct Pearl White PPG Concept acrylic urethane. Britsport in Seattle restored the factory-optional hardtop at the same time, including polishing the rear plexiglass window. The side curtains were also restored, and the soft top was replaced as detailed in the large photo gallery below.
Additional exterior work included replating the chrome trim and installing a correct Triplex windshield. The suspension and braking systems were gone through including new polyurethane bushings. Per the seller, current cosmetic flaws include a few smaller paint chips and pitting on the chrome gas cap. New 165/80 tires were mounted on the factory 15″ painted wheels in 2013 at 95,859 miles. This TR3 retains its original 1957-issue Oregon license plates according to the seller.
The black leather upholstery is accented with white piping, black carpets, and a factory banjo-style steering wheel. The engine temperature gauge is slow to register per the seller. The 5-digit odometer shows just over 98,300 miles, which the previous owner of 59 years claimed to be correct. Records indicate 89,737 miles shown during the 2001-2002 restoration.
The trunk compartment contains a factory spare assembly plus a factory tool kit and jacking equipment.
The 1958-model 1,991cc inline-four was rebuilt with 87mm pistons, a TriumphTune performance camshaft, and hardened valve seats for use with unleaded fuel. The head was milled 0.050″ over, a new cloth-covered wiring harness was installed, and an electric cooling fan was added. The factory 4-speed transmission was rebuilt at the same time using a modern rear main seal. A tune-up and oil change were performed in fall 2018 along with a heater core replacement and adjustment of the carburetors and valves.
Service records indicate that the car has received a new water pump, fuel tank sender, differential gasket, and starter in the last 3k miles. Fluid changes were also carried out for the transmission, differential, brakes, clutch, and cooling system, the wheel bearings were repacked, and the wiper system was lubricated.
A cold-start and driving video can be viewed above.
Additional undercarriage photos are displayed in the gallery below.
The sale includes original owner’s and shop manuals, period brochures and club literature, and show awards as well as binders of technical information and two photo albums detailing the restoration. Several in-process restoration pictures are provided in the gallery below.
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