Heavily influenced by the prototype TR, the TR2 debuted in late 1953, followed by the TR3, which was introduced at the 1955 London Motor Show. Shrewdly filling the wide gap between MG and Jaguar, the cars enjoyed strong popularity, thanks to their performance, reliability, fuel economy and surprising durability. The TR3A, which enthusiasts consider the most collectible early TR model, was introduced in 1958 and featured external changes including a much wider stamped aluminum “egg crate” grille and an improved cockpit design, among other detail refinements. The 100-horsepower engine of the TR3 was continued, providing a top speed approaching 110 mph.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
100 bhp, 1,991 cc overhead valve inline four-cylinder engine, dual SU carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, front disc and hydraulic rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,238 mm.
Source: RM Auctions
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