We are proud to offer today a 1956 Triumph TR3 that has been inthe same ownership since 1964. According to the Standard Register,SAD 543 was built on Monday 19th March 1956 between11.am and noon, finished in pearl white with blue trim and firstregistered on 11th May 1956. The car was originallydestined for Australia but somehow managed to be diverted to a UKdealership.During circa 1962/3 the engine was rebuilt for competition. Allengine internals were lightened, balanced and the capacity upratedto 2.2 litres. At this time a Colin Smith Big Port Head was fittedwith further modifications of a four branch Derrington exhaustmanifold, quadruple 1/34 inch SU carburettors and a cold air bonnetscoop. Competition suspension modifications were also carried out.In 1964 the vendor acquired the car complete with an SAH workspattern hardtop. The TR competed in the occasional Sprint event;one such event was in the May 1964 British Hotrod Association dragrace meeting at Duxford Aerodrome, where it finished2nd.In 1998 a full restoration was carried out and during thisperiod TR3a front and rear aprons were fitted as well as theaddition of a set of Minilite style wheels. To reduce weight, a setof fibreglass wings were also added and a steering rack conversionreplaced the TR steering box to improve the drive. The car was thenrefinished in British Racing Green and a new tan Yarwoods leatherinterior added. More recently a set of twin Dell''Orto carburettorshave replaced the quad SU''s (which are available with the car) anda stainless steel exhaust has been mated to the Derringtonextractor manifold. The engine was again stripped and overhauledwith further additions of a high capacity oil pump, deep finnedaluminium sump, electric fuel pump and fuel pressure control valve.A set of adjustable front, and uprated rear, shock absorbers werefitted to improve handling. The front bumper has been removed butis also available with the car, together with a set of stiffercompetition rear springs. A set of leather AC seats have replacedthe originals and have proved to be very comfortable. The TRcurrently has FIVA papers and to satisfy the FIVA rules theglassfibre wings and apron have been replaced with steel items. Aset of side screens and optional heater (not currently fitted) alsoaccompany the car.The history file contains a buff log book with the vendor''s nameon it, confirming the length of ownership. There are also periodphotographs and many bills and receipts of works carried out. It ishard to describe the feel of this motor car; having been in thesame ownership for nearly 50 years and used regularly on Europeantrips, it is not a concours queen; however, it does present wellwith only 12000 miles since engine rebuild. It exudes thefeeling of your favourite, comfortable and much used jacket, readyto set out on European tours with a feeling of confidence notattainable with a fresh and sterile restoration. A rare opportunityindeed.