It starts with my grandpa Jack. He had a love of British race cars and he also raced them. That “car bug” got passed down to my dad, not only by my grandpa but also by a ‘23 T Bucket model he had when he was 5.Read More
My son was 16 and being a PIA as most boys do at that age, but he was getting the car bug.
I thought buying a project may give us something to bond with.
Being British i was always attracted to the TR2. but TR2's are hard to find and expensive. so i bought a TR3 and made it look like a TR2.
My TR3 has been in the family for nearly all its life. I remember as a little kid riding in it with my uncle when we would go visit them. It was a metallic plum purple at the time. Then as a pre-teen I had all but forgot about the car as my family was into hunting, fishing, boating and the great outdoors.Read More
Tony told me that he became the third owner of the car in 1971. He used it every day. He briefly raced the car and he had the engine rebuilt in April of 1975 when the mileage was 62,830. Some body work done in the summer of 1976 and some major front end mechanical and paint work including sandblasting the frame in the summer of 1983.Read More
In 2017, nearing retirement, I decided I wanted another TR3, to use as a "daily driver" with an eye towards restoration. After looking all summer, online as well as traveling to various states to check out prospects, I heard about one for sale that had been restored frame-off in 1987, but then mostly stored.Read More
It was February of 1997 and the first nice above 40 degree day of the year. We had had a terrible winter with record cold and snow. I went out to the garage and sat in my 1958 Triumph TR3. It had been 5 long months since I had started her. I decided to give it a try. After priming the fuel pump and filling the float bowls I turned her over and to my amazement, she started right up. I sat there in the dark garage and revved her up a bit, listening to that sweet exhaust tone. I had the wind screen off but still decided to ease her out of the garage. I sat in the driveway revving her up and decided I would take her for a quick spin around the block. The snow and ice were mostly cleared off the road, so I thought it would be ok. There I go down the street, happy as a jaybird. I came to the end of the block to the main intersect. There was quite a bit of traffic so I waited a while before taking off. Finally a clearing in the traffic so I let off the clutch and stepped on the gas. I took off up the hill and she zipped right along. What happened next is a little blurry!!!Read More
Ever since I was in High School I had a "thing" for the Triumph TR-3. A close friend had one complete with the quick release lap belts and when he was done with it, I having no money, offered it to one of my College friends. As she was from Maui, the car was as exotic as she. Many happy times in that car. For example, the time I became airborne after jumping railway track I did not know existed in the dark, the 125 mile ride in the back seat in 5 degree weather, the flat tire in the middle of Iowa at midnight with a flat spare and no jack, the short trip with 7 people to a "cornstalk" concert and so on.Read More
In 1960 my girlfriend and I bought a new 1960 Triumph TR3. We traded in her 1957 Chevy convertible and split the payments on the TR3. We were married in June of1961, and drove the TR on our honeymoon to Colorado. In 1962 we drove the TR to California.Read More
The first year that I bought my car I was in school in North Carolina. I was dating my current wife, she lived in New Jersey, and I USED to drive home for the weekend to visit HER. That year I put over 26,000 miles on that 1959 car driving back and forth from New Jersey to North Carolina. The car had a great heater that only worked in the summer. My grandmother knitted me a custom quilt to fit over my legs in the driver compartment. I wish that I still had that car, but it burned in a garage fire many years ago.