Sunday, July 24, 2016

Big Smile: 1959 Triumph TR3 Roadster

 It seems that most cars from the late 1950s fall into one of two categories -- giant land yachts or tiny roadsters?  If you fancy the latter over the former, this next feature will put a smile on your face that is as big as...well...the grill on a car from the late 1950s.  Find this 1959 Triumph TR3 Roadster here on eBay offered for $13,995 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Raleigh, NC.

The Triumph TR3 was a small two-seater produced by the Triumph Motor Company from 1955 to 1962 with various small changes year-to-year.  The TR3 was a roadster, not a convertible, as it was designed for open air motoring and only had a small snap-in-place rain protector with removable side shields -- certainly a good car for nicer climates and warm spring days.

See a better car from 1959?


  1. It seems like the prices of TR3's have cooled off a bit. About 5 years ago they were $10k cars at best and then seemingly overnight nice ones were fetching north of $15k. Now they seem to have fallen back to $10-$12k again, which makes more sense. One of the few cars you can actually drag your knuckles on the street from while sitting in the driver's seat. Classic design though. As pretty as the TR4's were (way nicer than the uglified TR6), the TR3 remains the pinnacle of designs from Triumph. Looks nice in black.

  2. TGM - This was my initial reaction as well. These are solid cars. Very homemade appearance of many of the sub components.

    My TR4A and TR6 were the same way. Still can imagine a guy named Nigel hacking pieces up with his cold chisel and puttin' em together with his 8 lb. sledge.

    I really like that about Triumph. Always a rather agricultural aura, but great fun to drive. Composed is not a word used to describe the brand. Just fun old coal carts.

  3. Sad eyed Triumph of the low doors.
    Where the sad-eyed profit says that no man drives
    My warehouse eyes, my manual brake drums
    Should I leave them by your gate
    Or sad-eyed Triumph should I wait for the bus?

    sorry Bob, but you did wear that Triumph shirt out on hwy. 61.


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