Asking Price:

R 336,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

1956 Triumph TR3

Description by seller:

Bought by current owner in Johannesburg in April 1971.Chassis Number: TS 12307
Engine Number: TS 12593

Another TR was bought also in Johannesburg short while later;

Chassis Number: TS 7643
Engine Number: TS 7607EAt the end of the year, over a period of about two months, the car was using bits and pieces from the two cars. In February 1972, the car got a Roadworthy in Sandton and was registered TSN 16788 with the chassis number was TS 12307 and the engine number TS 7607E.

From 1972 to 1976 the car was in daily use and was also raced regularly at Kyalami and occasionally at Roy Hesketh Circuit in Pietermaritzburg. At some point after a race, an engine was changed resulting in TS 8757E being put in the car (Police clearance has been done). At a TR Club Concourse d État in 1981, second place was achieved and notably in 1973, the TR got to 100.061 MPH down the straight at Kyalami to get the SCC badge.

At the end of 1976 an MGB joined the stable and with the owner living in KZN the TR was garaged in Johannesburg. On return to Johannesburg in 1981, the car was ‘professionally’ resprayed by CLS Panelbeaters in Wynberg and was driven from time to time. A move back to Maritzburg in 1983 saw the driven down and reregistered NP2289. But work and family commitments left no time for the car, so it remained garaged until March 2017.

After considering various options and taking advice, well known Triumph man Harry Fairley was tasked with restoring the car, which kicked off in 2017 and completed in November 2019.

A ‘nut and bolt’ restoration was done with the body was resprayed, suspension rebuilt with new parts from Moss Motors, a wiring loom also came from Moss Motors and so too 5 new wire wheels. The car was completely reupholstered as per original specification and the side screens refurbished. A new tonneau cover and roof were bought from the TR Shop in London. The engine was completely dismantled and rebuilt, however no engineering was required as the engine had been reconditioned in 1981 and had only done about 1000km prior to being garaged in 1983.

A move to Cape Town for the owner resulted in the freshly restored TR being shipped to Cape Town where it was registered CA 240194. Some teething issues like an oil leak and generator issue were rectified by Danie Barkhuizen in Brackenfell near Cape Town and once again the car was a pleasure to drive – even the overdrive functions perfectly.

A year in the car is in perfect order, but with the owner now living in Hermanus and having no facilities to do anything more than clean the car it is time to find a new enthusiast.

This car is available to view by appointment in Hermanus.

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Lot Status

For Sale

Special Features

One owner for 50 years
Recent full restoration

Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000154
Seller: Private
Year: 1956
Manufacturer: Triumph
Model: TR3
Derivative: -
Service History: Other
Mileage: 0 Miles
Engine Size: 1,991cc
Engine Type: Inline 4-cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 4 Manual
Layout: Front engine rear wheel drive
Power Output: 95 BHP
Exterior: Blue
Interior: Black

Photo Gallery

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Bidding Information - 1956 Triumph TR3

Estimated Price Range:

R 350,000.00 - R 400,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

Total Bids:


Time Left:


Start Date:

Tuesday, 07 September, 2021 - 08:00

End Date:

Tuesday, 14 September, 2021 - 18:00


1 month, 3 weeks ago

Anyome looking for a 1000Miglia car thats a fantastic opportunity

Yes, our first thought too - Stuart CCA 1 month, 3 weeks ago

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