The TR2 was powered by a 2 litre, 4 cylinder “Vanguard” (or Massey Ferguson Tractor!) engine fitted with twin SU carburettors producing 90 bhp, coupled to a modified Vanguard 4 speed gearbox.
The first 55 cars produced were fitted with aluminium bonnets and spare wheel covers and in October 1954 the doors were shortened to above the body sills to allow easier curbside access.
With only minor product changes a total of 8,636 cars were manufactured.
The TR2 was replaced by the TR3 in October 1955
The TR3 replaced Triumph’s 1953 TR2 in October 1955.
Basic specifications remained the same as the TR2 with minor modifications being made to the 2 litre, 4 cylinder “wet sleeve” engine to increase output to 100bhp. Alterations were made to the front radiator area with a cellular “eggbox” type grille being fitted to the front of the opening.
An occasional rear bench seat was offered with knock-on wire wheels, overdrive (on 2nd , yct and 4th gears) and a hardtop continuing to be optional.
In September 1956 the TR3 became the world’s first production car to be equipped with front disc brakes as standard.
During production of the TR3 Standard-Triumph had a very active competition department and TR “Works” teams featured strongly at all the major international Rally events. TR ‘s were also winning at motor race meetings throughout Australia (some TR3 ‘s were actually assembled at AMI in Port Melbourne) and such was their international success that almost 90% of production was exported, mainly to North America.
A total of 13,377 TR3 ‘s were built before being upgraded to the TR3A in September 1957.
The TR3 “A” replaced the 1955 TR3 in September 1957 after some 22,000 TR2’s and 3’s had been produced in the previous 4 years.
In the next 3 years almost 58,000 TR3A’s were manufacfured.
The new model was never officially known as a “3A” ,and the basic mechanics remained unchanged from previous models with the most obvious difference being the introduction of a full width front grille.
Cars were offered in 1 1 colours (White, BRG, Grey, Blue x 2, Red x 2, Black, Green, Beige and yellow), and options available included wire wheels, hardtop and overdrive. A smali number of hybrid TR3 “B”s (TR3A’s with TR4 mechanicals) were produced for the American market before the TR3A was replaced by the TR4 in July 196l