I don’t usually like to lump several models together, but in this case, I feel like I must as the TR3 is a clear and direct descendant of the 1953 Triumph TR2. Since it had been rebuffed in its attempt to buy Morgan, Triumph needed a sports car to compete with the MG convertibles that were everywhere, and so was the 1953 Triumph TR2 born. To say that it wasn’t an overnight success would be to understate things. It took a full year’s worth of improvements before the car was accepted. It featured new styling, new, more responsive suspension and of course, a more powerful, twin carburetor engine that gave the TR2 its wings, so to speak.
The engine in the 1953 model was a twin-carburetor, 2.2-liter engine that produced 100 horsepower and enough torque to keep everything interesting! The top speed was an impressive 110 miles per hour, and 0-60 was achieved in 12 seconds.
The TR2 and TR3 were very remarkable cars; their basic design, architecture and even engine lasted all the way to 1976, when the TR6 was retired. It was basically the same car, continuously improved, which is a real testament to quality design. The 1953 Triumph TR2 and TR3 are indeed legendary cars and worthy of note.