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Triumph TR3


Triumph TR3

Although the first Triumph TR model was the TR2, it was the TR3 that was the first genuinely sporting offering. It was little different from the TR2 in appearance, with only an egg-crate style grille and chromed wheels distinguishing it from the earlier model, but it had a completely different charcter from the driver's seat. Equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine lifted from the Standard Vanguard, it delivered enough power to give it seriously quick acceleration for its day and the ability to cruise at over 100mph (160km/h), while Girling disc brakes meant it was capable of slowing down adequately as well. The TR3 was the car that finally brought success to Triumph in the strategically important American market, and it would go on to spawn a glorious line of revered TR sports cars. In 1957 a revamped version was produced, the TR3A, with a full-length grille.

Triumph TR3 Specifications

Top speed:106 mph (172 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):11.4 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:121 ci (1,991 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:100 bhp (74 kW) at 5,000 rpm
Max torque:117 lb ft (159 Nm) at 3,000 rpm
Weight:2,200 lb (990 kg)
Economy:31 mpg (11 km/I)
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