1956 Triumph TR3

Lot: 137

Sold for (£): 23,100
Offered for sale is a 2.0L 1956 Triumph TR3 manual that has been with the current owner for the last 17 years. Coming with an extensive history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 96 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

From long-term ownership with a lovely restoration history...


  • Sensitive restoration over a long period. Upgrades carried out in all the sensible areas
  • A rare early 'Small Mouth' RHD UK-supplied car guided sensibly
  • Interior fully re-trimmed. Motalita wheel. Lined hardtop. Minilites and more. 
  • Original factory build sheet, Heritage Certificate, logbook records back to 1960s, Tracker fitted.
  • A really lovely early TR. Must be seen to be appreciated


Lot Details

Registration: UOC 784 RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1956 Engine size: 2.0L
Make: Triumph Odometer reading (miles): 54889
Model: TR3 MOT expiry:
Warranted: No Chassis number: TS13498

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 96 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Original chassis retained and showed no sign of structural defects. Most of the external panels are original apart from the correct TR3 front panel (TR3A panel fitted much earlier). High-quality re-paint using modern materials. Paint Zymol wax treated. Extensive wax corrosion protection topped-up each year. Re-chroming as necessary or new fittings added. Original works hardtop fitted. Original tonneau and hood frame available. Requires a new hood. New and correct side screens from Moss Europe. New rubber seals throughout. Laminated windscreen fitted.


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Completely re-trimmed in red throughout using Moss Europe supplied materials and kits. Boot carpeted and vinyl lined. All instruments refurbished by Speedograph-Richfield. Working 1970's AM/FM radio. Motolita wood rimmed steering wheel and gear lever knob. Hardtop cloth lined.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


When stripped, engine found to be in excellent condition and well within maker's original tolerances. Up-rated water pump, new radiator, spin-on oil filter conversion, geared starter motor and Accuspark electronic ignition fitted. Cabs overhauled by Gower and Lee. Retains good oil pressure and never overheats. Quiet and smooth running. Recent part replacement exhaust.


Gears: Drive-shaft:


New clutch assembly. Flywheel un-scored. Gearbox required no attention - good changes. Prop shaft u/j's replaced.

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


Braking system completely overhauled - new discs, pipework, hydraulics and silicon fluid used.


Minor: Major:


Completely rewired and all electrical components replaced. Original head light lenses retained. All fully functional.

Vehicle History


History file covers most of the car's history from original factory build sheet, Heritage certificate, log book records back 1960's. Mot records from 2004. Original, unworn car keys available. Suspect recorded mileage could be correct, but cannot be totally verified. 12,000 trouble free miles since 2004. Delightful and fun to drive car.

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history