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TR3 re­places TR2 in Oc­to­ber 1955, though it’s more of a facelift than a new model. Distin­guish­ing fea­tures in­clude flush rather than inset front grille and metal rather than fab­ric wing bead­ing. 1991cc ohv en­gine now pro­duces 95bhp – 5bhp more than pre­vi­ously.

In Au­gust 1956 a new ‘high-port’ cylin­der head takes power up to 100bhp. The fol­low­ing month front disc brakes are in­tro­duced along with a stronger rear axle.

The TR3A up­date ar­rives in Septem­ber 1957, fea­tur­ing a full-width pol­ished alu­minium front grille, ex­te­rior door han­dles and a lock­able boot han­dle (to most but not all cars). There’s ‘ TRI­UMPH’ let­ter­ing across the nose.

Small de­tail changes and the dele­tion of wood from the body in Oc­to­ber 1959. Pro­duc­tion con­tin­ues un­til 1962 with a to­tal of 58,236 TR3AS built. It’s the third best- sell­ing TR af­ter the TR6 and TR7.

For the US market, a so- called TR3B ran along­side the TR4 from 1962.

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