I love Triumph Roadsters! There. I said it.
To own an old British car requires a certain amount of patience. There’s the Prince of Darkness, aka Lucas; they are temperamental; they leak, so you will need a pan underneath when parked. However, if there is oil on the floor, there’s oil in the engine, so they say.
But for all of these quirks, the owner/driver is rewarded (most days) with the sights, sounds and smells of a lovely topless motoring experience. They really are lovely to drive.
The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Triumph TR3 offered by a dealer in Venice, Florida, advertising the roadster on ClassicCars.com. Eligible for rallies, a favorite at car shows, this “wide-mouth” TR3 looks very nice. The wide-mouth moniker comes from the mid-production redesign. Like its predecessor, the TR2, the early 3s had a smaller grille.
The pretty Pearl White exterior with Biscuit Leather interior is very inviting and looks very period. Unfortunately, the dealer does not give much of a description, aside from a list of features and a statement, “Full description coming soon.”
There are also no pictures of the engine bay. The body and interior look very good, though. If the 1,991cc inline 4, which is described by the dealer as “peppy,” is in the same condition as the rest of the car is presented, it’s a winner.
Speaking of winners, the TR3 was always a competitive E-production racer. To this day, TR3s are competitively driven in SCCA and numerous historic racing events. Some of the more famous American campaigns were from Bob Tulius’ Group 44 and Huffaker, who developed these cars into race winners.
The car features a 4-speed manual transmission, dual carburetors, a new exhaust, a wooden rimmed steering wheel, Jaeger gauges, knock-off wire wheels, fender-mounted mirrors, front disc brakes and a tonneau cover.
The price of $34,983, indicates that while still reasonable in price, the values of these classic British ladies are rising.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.