1955 Triumph TR3 Sports Roadster
|Engine||1991cc In-Line 4cyl|
|Gearbox||4-Speed Manual w/Overdrive|
|Colour||British Racing Green|
The Triumph TR series proved a worthy challenger to the MG. The new TR3 was launched in 1955, becoming noteworthy as the first British production car to adopt disc brakes the following year. Following a familiar pattern, the TR3 utilised the basic running gear and many components from Standard's 'parts bin', including the robust 2-litre four-cylinder engine that produced 95bhp (100bhp at 5000 rpm with the 'high port' head used from mid-1956) and a four-speed manual gearbox with the option of an overdrive unit acting on the top three ratios and controlled by a dash-mounted switch. Other options included seatbelts, wire-spoked wheels, a fibreglass hardtop, radio, heater and even leather upholstery. Although a two-seater, it was also possible to equip the TR3 with an occasional rear bench seat. The TR3 was a sprightly performer, with The Motor's road test in 1956 recording a 0-60mph time of 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 105.3 mph.