Triumph TR3A, TR3
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The first TR3 came off the Canley line in October 1955 and in reality was little different from the TR2 it replaced. It used the famous Triumph "wet liner" engine of 1,991cc (121cu.in.) capacity, which fitted with twin SU carburettors produced 95bhp at 4,800rpm. For the hard-driving sporting motorist on a limited budget, the car was unbeatable. It gave snappy acceleration and a genuine 100mph (161km/h) plus capability, which coupled with safe and predictable handling made it an ideal vehicle for private competitors, both in racing and rallying. August 1956 saw several changes, including the fitting of: front disc brakes, a more modified engine (100bhp), a stronger rear axle and a full width front grille. Although popularly referred to as the TR3A, the car was never known as such by the factory.