Beautifully build, a true one-off.
1958 Triumph TR3a – 1958 – Something a little different….
A Californian car until 2004. It was then purchased and shipped back to the UK.
Jennings Engineering were then tasked with a total restoration, including a conversion to RHD, and upgrades so it could compete in Sprints & Hillclimbs. However, due to a change in circumstance, the car never competed. There is an extremely detailed album of photos (Remember those…?) showing the car at every stage of the resto, and it’s very impressive. There is also a similar file of invoices, that run to £40,000. This is not the usual patched up example, this car was fully stripped back and rebuilt in minutiae. Flicking through the invoices and photos brings a smile to your face as a classic car enthusiast, and the car in the flesh really is something else.
(You’ll find below, various videos of the car and paperwork, which help to give a good overall impression of the car. Driving it is a total hoot, like driving a little yappy dog, it just wants to GO!!!!)
The engine rebuild was focused on the initial task of making the car competitive in its class, so this included a Stage 3 head with high lift cam.
The change of use to a more road biased car meant this has been dialled back to a more standard cam for ease of use on the road, however it would be reasonably easy to turn the focus of the car back to a competitive set-up.
Twin SU carbs, twin Facet fuel pumps, custom alloy radiator, catch tank, oil cooler and stainless exhaust system.
A one off stainless steel grille, upgraded suspension, AP Racing front disc brake set up.
Beautiful Minilite style alloys.
Safety Devices – Roll bar, fire extinguisher, Corbeau bucket seats, harnesses.
The car is fully carpeted, and has a good heater.
Alcantara Sparco steering wheel.
The car has been fully rewired, has a lightweight race battery, new analogue/ digital gauges, excellent halogen headlights.
New mohair hood and tonneau cover to keep the interior snug and water tight
Total mileage since restoration is 6800 miles, and this has mainly been done on long road trips to France.
Just serviced and checked over, the car is ready to go.
A true one-off, and a lovely car to drive and own. Something you can use, not just admire.
Please get in touch to arrange an appointment to see the car.
The car will shortly be featured in Classic Car Weekly, so look out for that article and the impressions of a journalist who’ll no doubt have a far better turn of phrase that I when it comes to getting across how lovely this car is.
Ed – 07970 464360