Finished Frame-Off: 1959 Triumph TR3A – SOLD!

by | Sep 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

October 16, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Triumph’s TR3A was the brand’s third most-produced car and as such, prices for even top condition cars remain very attainable. Our latest example is this documented frame-off restored 1959 Triumph TR3A originally listed on Craigslist in September 2021  in Lehigh, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) in a striking baby blue over black color combination that also features the desirable overdrive transmission.

With only several hundred miles traveled since the completion of the restoration, the current caretaker is offering their TR3A for $24,500 currently. Comparing that price against the HagertyInsurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Triumph priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $18,000 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $30,800.  Similarly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s reasonable ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $16,600 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $25,000.

Triumph produced the TR3 sports car in three variants between 1955 and 1962.  TR3A’s were a minor update produced between 1957 and 1961 although they were never officially labeled as such. Noticeable TR3A styling differences include a full-width radiator grille, exterior door handles, and a lockable boot handle, while a  full tool kit became standard. The total production run of the “TR3A” was 58,236. This makes it the third best-selling TR after the TR6 and TR7. The TR3A was so successful that the original panel molds eventually wore out and had to be replaced. In 1959 a slightly modified version came out that had raised stampings under the bonnet and boot hinges and under the door handles, as well as a redesigned rear floor section. In addition, the windscreen was attached with bolts rather than the Dzus connectors used on the early “A” models.  The Triumph TR3 is the first production car to include standard disc brakes, which were continued on the “TR3A” facelift. The car was known for its superior braking ability, making it an autocross favorite.

We came across this nicely put together video of a similar spec ’59 TR3A providing a point of view (“POV”) video of what it’s like to drive one of these classic Triumphs:

With an asking price for a freshly frame-off car that is well under $30,000, we would beg, borrow, and steal to buy this completed car rather than waste time and what would likely be much more money to restore a similar car.  This is a great-looking sports car that will likely get you compliments and more awards every time you enter it in a classic British car show. 

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1959 Triumph TR3 w/ Overdrive finally FOR SALE!!! Get this one-of-a-kind antique car with only 52k miles. Everything is original. FRAME OFF RESTORATION was completed (see attached photos) and only has a few hundred miles on it since the restoration was completed. Both running, driving, and fully operational. This 4 speed manual with overdrive is definitely a neck breaker out on the road featuring original baby blue paint and black interior. Serious inquiries only! Price is negotiable as well. Being sold AS-IS. Clean Title In Hand. The buyer is responsible for shipping. I am willing to assist with locating a shipper (National and International).

Show or go: what would you do with this restored Triumph?  Comment below and let us know!


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