BaT Auction: 1959 Triumph TR3A

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This 1959 Triumph TR3A is finished in green over black and is powered by a 1,991cc inline-four mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. The car is said to have been restored in the late 1990s and was stored from 2001 until the seller purchased it at an Ohio estate sale in July 2018. The brake and clutch hydraulics have since been rebuilt, and the engine oil and gear fluids were also changed. The seller has added about 200 miles over the last few months, and this TR3A is now being offered with a soft top, a set of side curtains, and a clear Ohio title in the seller’s name.

The TR3A features exterior door handles, a lockable trunk, and a wider grille than earlier models. This green example was once painted red, as revealed in the spare-tire well and also in the trunk, which is shown around the 7:30 mark of the video below. Those areas exhibit wrinkles that the seller believes are evidence of previous collision damage. The seller also reports that the rocker panels appear to be replacement pieces and that the lower portion of the left-front fender has been patched.

BaT Auction: 1959 Triumph TR3A

A black top and side curtains are included as shown above. The replacement top was reportedly left new in the box and visited upon by rodents that chewed holes in it, but the frame and curtains are said to be undamaged. Metric-size 165 radial tires are mounted on 15″ wire wheels. The car lacks service tools and a spare tire and wheel.

BaT Auction: 1959 Triumph TR3A

The interior features black vinyl seats and a wooden dashboard panel. The banjo steering wheel has a crack in the rim, and many gauges are hazy. The seller states that the turn signals are inoperable, and the 5-digit odometer shows 92k miles. The battery-box liner has been replaced, but its rusted underside is visible behind the dashboard.

BaT Auction: 1959 Triumph TR3A

The 2.0-liter inline-four pairs with a non-overdrive 4-speed manual gearbox in this car. Upon purchasing this Triumph, the seller changed the engine oil and gear fluids and rebuilt the brake and clutch hydraulics.

BaT Auction: 1959 Triumph TR3A

Additional images of the underbody are included in the gallery, and a walk-around video with the engine idling and revving is attached below.

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