I recently got an email from Hans Abrahams about a wonderful Triumph TR3 Works rally car that he has acquired. This Works rally car was registered on April 4, 1957 as TRW 736. This car, in its present condition, is shown below.
1957 Triumph TR3 Works Rally Car
This car is one of three Works rally cars that were prepared and registered by Standard Triumph in 1957. The three Works rally cars were consecutive registered as TRW 735, TRW 736, and TRW 737.
Note The Small Bumperettes
Both the Triumph TR3 and the earlier Triumph TR2 have a low door line that is reminiscent of some other post war cars. The lines on these cars are quite stylish.
The Triumph TR3 Cars Had The Low Cut Door Line
This Triumph TR3 has the “smallmouth” grille that is quite similar to the Triumph TR2 cars. Later Triumph TR3 cars had a grille that extended across the whole front of the car.
The 1957 Triumph TR3 Retained The “Smallmouth” Grille Of The TR2 Cars
The standard engine in the Triumph TR3 cars was a 1,991cc 4-cylinder engine. In its standard form, the engine produced about 100 horsepower.
The 1991cc Engine In The Triumph TR3
This car was a rally car from day one and it is still configured as a rally car. Hans has plans to enter this car in several rallies in Europe before he brings the car to the USA. It looks like it is ready to go!
The Interior Is Set-Up For Competition
The car is fully equipped with a Brantz rally odometer and a Brantz Rally Timer mounted in a very visible location in front of the navigator, therefore Triumph TRW 736 can be competitive in a car rally in its current form.
Rally Odometer Along With Rally Timer Foretells Future Rallies For This Car
For the 1957 Tulip Rally, Standard Triumph entered a three-car rally team. TRW 735 was driven by Tom Gold, but it did not finish. TRW 736 was driven by John Waddington to a 1st in class win, and Triumph TRW 737 was driven by Paddy Hopkirk to a third in class finish.
John Waddington, Tom Gold, And June Gold With The Triumph Team Cars Before The 1957 Tulip Rally
Initially I did not know the location of the picture shown below, but I was informed by Fred Gallagher that this photo was taken at the Zandvoort track. This photo was taken during the final special test that was part of the 1957 Tulip Rally.
The Final Special Test At The Zandvoort Track During The 1957 Tulip Rally
The picture shown below shows Bernard Consten on his way to a third place overall finish in the 1957 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally. The Triumph TR3 cars won the Team Award at the 1957 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally.
Triumph TRW 736 In The 1957 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally
At the 1957 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally, TRW 735 was driven by Maurice Gatsonides to a fifth place finish, as noted before Bernard Consten finished 3rd in TRW 736, and Alain de Changy finished 9th Overall in TRW 737. These great finishes in this notoriously long, rough, and fast rally gave the Triumph Works team the Overall Team Award.
Triumph TRW 736 Finished 3rd Overall In The 1957 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally
If you have any questions or comments about this post or this car, then please leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net