Triumph TR3 / TR3A

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Triumph TR3A

The Triumph TR3 arrived in 1955 following on from the successful TR2. Very similar to its predecessor, the TR3 used virtually all the same running gear including the engine, although it had gained slightly more power. The most noticeable external difference from the earlier car was a new front grill assembly. In 1956 the front drum brakes were replaced by discs. The next improvements came in 1958 and included the fitting of a full width front grill that incorporated the sidelights. This car came to be known as the TR3A. A larger 2.2 litre engine became available as an option in 1959. The TR3 remained very popular on both sides of the Atlantic until 1961 when it was replaced by the TR4.


 

Specifications

Model

TR3

TR3A

Years Produced

1955-1958

1958-1961

Body Type

2 door sports

2 door sports

Length

12ft 9in

12ft 9in

Width

4ft 8in

4ft 8in

Weight

2090lb

2090lb

Engine

1991cc 4 cylinder inline

1991cc 4 cylinder inline

Power

95 bhp @ 4800 rpm

100 bhp @ 4600 rpm

Torque

117lb ft @ 3000 rpm

117lb ft @ 3000 rpm

Gearbox

4 speed manual, optional overdrive

4 speed manual, optional overdrive

Driven Wheels

Rear

Rear

Brakes

Drums all round. From 1956 - disc front, drum rear

Front Suspension

Coil & Wishbone

Coil & Wishbone

Rear Suspension

Leaf spring, live axle

Leaf spring, live axle

 

Performance

Model

TR3

TR3A

Top Speed

105 mph

106 mph

0-60 mph

12.0 seconds

11.4 seconds

Fuel Consumption

27 mpg

26 mpg

 

Useful Links

TR Drivers Club

TR Register

Club Triumph

Triumph Owners Club New Zealand

Triumph TR books at Amazon.co.uk

 

Gallery