1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster / TS59552 Vehicle Information

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Roadster
Chassis #: TS59552
James Ward Packard purchased a Winton automobile in 1898. This vehicle had many flaws and broke down often. Packard took the vehicle back to Winton, who challenged Packard to built a better automobile. This was the birth of the Packard automobiles. Ferrucio Lamborghini purchased a Ferrari which constantly broke down. He confronted Enzo Ferrari about his troubles; Enzo told Ferrucio that the problem was not with the car but with the 'farmer.' In retaliation, Ferrucio created the Lamborghini Company.
The Ford Motor Company nearly purchased the Ferrari Company before Enzo Ferrari left the negotiation table. Ferrari was renowned for their racers and had dominated nearly every racing series that they entered. The Ford Motor Company decided to beat Ferrari at their own game - which they did by winning the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans race with the GT40 on numerous occasions.

The TR series was born of the same type of annoyance/challenge/success. Sir John Black, the chairman of Standard-Triumph, had tried to take over the Morgan Firm but had failed. The small and inexpensive MG's continued to provide stiff competition in sales and performance. When MG turned their attention to the lucrative US market, they were met with even more success. Thus, the Triumph TR Roadster was born.

It took six-months to create the small but capable roadsters which was created out of the parts bin. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was from the Standard/Ferguson tractor. The engine was carefully concealed under a long, round and flowing hood that extended into the cut down doors. The boot provided excellent trunk space making the vehicle even more practical. The interior was roomy.

The TR1 appeared in 1952 at the London Motor Show where it was welcomed by both media and public. A year later the TR2 was introduced which stayed in production for two years before being replaced by the TR3. Big improvements to performance appeared in 1956 as Girling disc brakes were adapted to the front. This was a first for production automobiles. The TR3A featured a locking door and trunk. Bigger brakes and a larger engine appeared in 1959.

The black Triumph TR-3A Roadster with chassis number TS59552 was for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction on Hilton Head Island where it was expected to fetch between $25,000-$35,000. In recent years it has been given a body-on-frame restoration. It was given a brand new interior with Wilton Wood carpeting. The top and side curtains are new, as is the original 60-spoke wire wheels. The transmission and engine were rebuilt. At the conclusion of the auction the vehicle had found a new owner at the price of $30,800.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1960 Triumph TR3A Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1960 sales)
1960 Triumph TR3 Roadster
Sold for USD$17,600
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster
Chassis#: TS62514L
Sold for USD$25,300
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1960 Triumph TR3A Convertible
Chassis#: TS68211L
Sold for USD$25,760
  2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1960 Triumph TR3 Roadster
Sold for USD$19,800
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster
Chassis#: TS79766L
Sold for USD$46,200
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1960 Triumph TR3A
Chassis#: TS70219
Sold for USD$36,943
  2018 Silverstone Auctions : Silverstone Classic Sale
 
1960 Triumph TR3 A
Chassis#: TS71238L
Sold for USD$43,806
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1960 Triumph TR3 Convertible
Chassis#: TS 61943
Sold for USD$6,600
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1960 Triumph TR3A
Chassis#: TS61671L
Sold for USD$24,445
  2017 Historics at Brooklands-Motor Museum
 
1960 Triumph TR3A
Chassis#: TS78909L
Sold for USD$9,900
  2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1960 Triumph TR3A Convertible
Sold for USD$24,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster
Sold for USD$15,400
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1960 Triumph TR3A
Sold for USD$20,690
  2016 Anglia Auction - 27th August
 
1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster
Sold for USD$21,725
  2016 Auctions America : Santa Monica
 
1960 Triumph Tr3a Roadster
Sold for USD$21,500
  2015 Mecum : Austin
 
1960 Triumph TR-3A Roadster
Chassis#: TS 57907 L0
Sold for USD$18,700
  2015 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1960 Triumph TR3
Sold for USD$10,500
  2015 Carlisle Auctions Fall Auction
 
1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster
Sold for USD$36,300
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1960 Triumph TR3 Convertible
Sold for USD$25,500
  2015 Leake Auction - Tulsa, OK
 
1960 Triumph TR3 Roadster
Sold for USD$19,800
  2015 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1960 Triumph TR3A's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1960 Triumph TR3 Roadster 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$13,500  
1960 Triumph TR3 RoadsterTS58293L02019 Mecum : Monterey$27,500  
1960 Triumph TR3A 2019 Silverstone The Sale of British Marques   
1960 TRIUMPH TR3 2019 Leake OKC 2019$17,500  
1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$17,500  
1960 Triumph TR3 Roadster 2015 Auctions America Auburn Spring$24,000  
1960 Triumph TR3A - Ex Press CarTS6796602014 Silverstone : Race Retro & Classic Car Sale   
1960 Triumph TR3A 2013 MidAmerica Auctions 27th Annual Twin Cities Classic Car Auction$13,500  
1960 Triumph TR3ATS/69500-L2013 Silverstone : Race Retro & Classic Car Sale   
1960 Triumph TR3ATS69500-L2012 H & H Newbury Racecourse   
1960 Triumph TR3ATS73107L2012 H & H Auctions The Pavilion Gardens   
1960 Triumph TR-3 2011 Petersen Auctions Salem Auction 2011   
1960 Triumph TR3A RoadsterTS55547L2009 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception à Retromobile $15,000$20,000
1960 Triumph TR3 Convertible 2004 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction$11,400  

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