Product Type: Triumph cars
Newest Review: ... TR3a was the first production car to be fitted with disc brakes, the TR2 using drum brakes all round, for this reason and the im... more
Member Name: realscamp
Advantages: good cars , good clubs and different
Disadvantages: not enough sunny days
Hi , welcome to my review on the triumph TR range in particular the TR2/3, basically the cars share the same body and are only slightly different.
My cars are a 1959 TR3a which i re-imported into the UK a couple of years ago, and a UK TR3 in need of a full restoration.
The TR3 followed the TR2 but had a few extra bits like door handles and boot handle, there is also a full width grill.
The TR3a was the first production car to be fitted with disc brakes, the TR2 using drum brakes all round, for this reason and the improved engine specification i feel it makes a better car on the road in modern traffic, although brakes and running gear can be uprated quite easily for later spec items. Engines are of long stroke with a fair amount of torque not fast like a modern car but enough for a bit of fun on a twisty road !
Going back many years my first TR was a TR4a IRS (i was 21) and when going to my local club fell in love with these bare bones sports cars with cheeky looks, that was 24 years ago now and it took me until 2 years ago to realise this dream.
Insurance is cheap and overall running costs quite low, a simple design which anyone capable of reading a haynes manual would be able to keep running , no ECU's or complex electronics here!
Its difficult to remain objective when it comes to these cars, try as i might i can't think of much negative about ownership, it puts a smile on my face everytime i sit in it.
Summary: classics , you either love them or hate them