In the summer of 1957, Triumph began to build a modified version of the Triumph TR3. This modified TR3 became known as the TR3A, however it was never officially known as the TR3A. As far as Standard-Triumph was concerned, it was just a continuation of the TR3. However the cars were quite different in their appearance. The TR3A had a full-width radiator grille and the headlights were slightly recessed instead of protruding like on the older TR3.
Mechanically there is no difference between the TR3 and the TR3A.
The Triumph TR3A was Very Successful for Standard-Triumph
The Triumph TR3A was built from September 1958 to October 1961. Next to the TR6, the Triumph TR3A was built in the largest numbers by Triumph with a total of just over 58,000 TR3A cars being produced.
As with the earlier TR2 and TR3, the Triumph TR3A cars were very actively rallied by an official works rally team.
Ian Titherington Driving a TR3A to 2nd in Class at the 1958 Alpine Rally
In 1958, the Triumph Works Rally Team consisted of 5 lime green TR3As. The car shown below is one of those cars and in fact, is the same car shown above in action during the 1958 Alpine Rally.
A Restored 1958 Triumph Works Rally TR3A
A Triumph TR3A at the Finish of the 1960 Tulip Rally
By the way, those of you who are involved in rallying might be interested to know that the phrase “tulip instructions” came from the style of instructions that were first used in the Tulip Rally.
The same car shown above at the finish of the 1960 Tulip Rally is shown below in a restored condition.
The Triumph TR3A cars continued those great design lines of the earlier TR2 and TR3 cars. The car shown below at the Monte Carlo Rally looks good even when fitted with a hardtop.
1957 Triumph Works Rally Car at Monte Carlo
This is the same car with the roof removed