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Starter Kit: 1958 Triumph TR3

Back in the early 1950’s, many British car companies had an “export or die” philosophy. Once returning US servicemen brought back some MGs and folks fell in love with them the race was on to produce sports cars for the “Yanks.” Standard-Triumph was no exception, and the TR2 and eventually TR3 was the result. This one is listed as a parts car, but I disagree with that assessment, and it’s for sale here on facebook marketplace. The asking price for the car is $2,000 and it is located in Winchester, Virginia.

I am lucky enough to count a master Triumph mechanic among my closest friends, and I have watched him restore TR3s that were far worse than this one. Unfortunately, we’re not told anything about the car other than that it comes with extra parts. That gaping rectangular hole in the back is where the spare tire goes, and one of the important areas to check for rust.

There are some front fenders in the spare parts pictures, so I think you are actually ok. It’s hard to tell whether or not the rear fender is mostly filler or not. If not, that’s nice and solid, and it looks like the door is in pretty good shape as well.

I think someone put new floors in here, but I’m not sure. If not, they are awfully solid. However, you can see some patching will be needed behind them.

What a grin! By the way, that means this is actually a TR3A, although the factory didn’t badge it as such. The panel at the top of the picture is the cover for that spare tire well. Although the vulnerable nose apron has some filler in it, that’s actually in great shape compared to some I’ve seen my friend start with. Ultimately that’s the story of this TR3; it’s a starter kit. If your idea of a restoration is lots of sweat equity and parts purchases over time, this might be your car! Let us know if you decide to buy this British sports car!


  1. Avatar photo bobhess Member

    This car could be better than it looks or worse than it looks…..

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  2. Avatar photo Vegaman Dan

    For $2K, it’s worth a gamble if you have the space and time. I wish had at least the space for it. Transportation costs will be the killer here.

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  3. Avatar photo Doug

    With the car in this shape, I’d forget doing a restoration, and build a fun restomod, using a V6 or Rover/Buick V8 and upgraded suspension /

    Can you say Yee Ha ! ?

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  4. Avatar photo John D.

    Jag V6 will make it a rocket

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  5. Avatar photo dave noake

    Been a TR 3 family since 1958. Several restorations. Always a labor of love with the breed. Don’t even think the budget is sane!!! Just do it to enjoy. Would welcome your interest. So glad I discovered this web site!

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