Saturday, October 29, 2016

Estate Sale: 1959 Triumph TR10 Estate

Driving to the coast with two boards hanging out of the back of a patina'd surf wagon is a played out automotive fantasy almost all of us want to live. The British sports car thing is also an appealing rabbit hole to disappear down. Why not seek to to combine those dreams, making some monumental compromises along the way with this 1959 Triumph TR10 Estate for sale in Watsonville, CA for $1,500 via craigslist.  Tip from kaibeezy

The Triumph TR10 was sold as the Standard Insert-Model-Name-Here in every place that was not the US of A. As the word 'Standard' was associated more with uniform clothing and depression-era rations than with automobiles in Americans' minds, it was probably a good idea to stick with the Triumph nomenclature. This particular car does have that much desired sun drenched surface rust look, however, it looks otherwise extremely solid. You lucky West Coast bastards.

In the sport of surfing, you have a tide calendar which tells you what time you need to be at the beach months in advance. This is lucky as the Triumph TR10 was levels of slow normally not found outside of agriculture in 1950's America. Top speed was under 70mph and it would take nearly a minute to get there. Nobody expects an English people's car to be quick, however, I do find it odd that the car directly conflicts the sporting image of the that Triumph was successfully cultivating in the US.

The interior of this TR10 is charming but haggard. After removing everything from the cabin and marching through with Purple Stuff and a pressure washer, the first order of business will be seeing what from the Morris Minor restoration aftermarket will fit in terms of rubber floors and door cards. Probably nothing, so you may end up getting good at making your own vinyl-covered bits.

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.


  1. I love wagons, and I generally love English cars, but I am afraid this one does nothing for me. It was dull when it was built, and it has not aged well, either physically or philosophically.

  2. Would love to build it as an early 60s interpretation of a 'fast wagon'. Stuff it full of as much TR3 engine, box, chassis, suspension and brakes as it would take. Wire wheels. Maybe an era-appropriate supercharger. Then a nice interior, a concours appearance under-hood, and leave the exterior paint looking just as it is.

    1. Your suggestion is as awesome as your user name!

  3. "...TR10 was levels of slow normally not found outside of agriculture in 1950's America." I love the writing on this site, keep it up!


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