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Triumph TR3 Buyers Guide

The TR2 got a minor facelift, with an egg crate front grille and a 95bhp engine. In the next two years, production cars got the 'high port' cylinder head from mid-1956 (power output went up to a nominal 100bhp) and Girling front disc brakes were standardised from late 1956. Many earlier TR2s were converted by owners to 'TR3s' - 'disc brake' cars. 13,337 cars built: 4409 with drum brakes, 8968 with front-wheel disc brakes - from 1955 to 1957.



October 1955 to September 1957

Production Figures

Produced for the Home Market - 1286
Produced for the Export Market - 12091
Total - 13377

Basic Price


Optional Extras

Seatbelts, overdrive, wire wheels, glass-fibre hardtop, occasional rear seat

Engine Details

4 Cylinder 83mm x 92mm 1991cc, wet liner engine
Producing 95 bhp at 4800 rpm
Max torque - 117lbs/ft at 3000 rpm
Twin 1¾" SU Carbs

Suspension Details

Front: Independent by unequal length double wishbones, coil springs and telescopic dampers

Rear: Live axle, half elliptic springs lever arm dampers

Mean Maximum Speed 102 mph
0 - 30 mph 3.7 s
0 - 50 mph 8.8 s
0 - 60 mph 12.5 s
0 - 90 mph 33.8 s
Standing ¼ mile 18.7 s
Overall Fuel Consumption 28.0 mpg