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Pro­duced af­ter Stan­dard-tri­umph failed to buy Morgan, the 20 TS pro­to­type was un­veiled at the 1952 Earls Court Mo­tor Show.

Much re­vised by for­mer BRM man Ken Richard­son, it reap­peared the fol­low­ing March in Geneva as the Tri­umph TR2 with a tuned ver­sion of the Stan­dard Van­guard’s 1991cc en­gine that pro­duced 90bhp.

Mi­nor tweaks and larger SU car­bu­ret­tors gave 1955’s TR3 an ex­tra 5bhp. It’s at-a-glance dis­tin­guish­able by the flush rather than re­cessed front grille. A year later a ‘high-port’ cylin­der head lifts power to 100bhp and front disc brakes are fit­ted.

Tri­umph never called it that or badged it as such, but 1957 brought the un­of­fi­cial TR3A with its full-width grille and ex­te­rior door han­dles. From 1959 a 2138cc en­gine be­came op­tional.

TR3A pro­duc­tion ran un­til 1962, af­ter which a fur­ther 3331 TR3BS – the last of the sidescreen TRS – were built, with TR4 en­gines for the US.

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