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“AS YOU PROBABLY know,” R&T wrote in June 1956, “the TR-3 is not actually a new car…. The fact that the basic car remains the same is a credit to the Standard Motor Co., Ltd., of Coventry, and speaks volumes for the original design—one which has proved exceedingly sound and reliable both in normal driving usage and in competition.
High praise indeed. Here are other Triumph TR-3 tidbits from R&T, June 1956.
No More “Dished-in Look.” Its grille made the car instantly recognizable from any front angle; the TR-2 introduced at the 1952 London Motor Show left this opening unadorned.
Rear views of the Triumph roadster were largely unchanged, though refinements had been made: “A very pretty fiberglass top is now available for $150 extra…. There are improved side curtains [What are side curtains, Grandpa?], rigid and snug fitting, with the window part made in two sections of plexiglass; the front half is fixed, but the rear half slides forward for ventilation, and drafts are cut to a minimum. Below the window is a flap for arm signals.”
Arm signals, Grandpa?
Horsepower Up, Torque Barely So. The TR-3’s 1991-cc pushrod overhead-valve inline-four’s 100 hp was an 11-percent increase from the TR-2, but its 117.5-ft.lb. of torque was a measily 1 ft.-lb. more than previously.
Theories of Dynamics. Generally, acceleration is dictated by torque; top speed, by horsepower. Thus, R&T noted, “… the Tapley readings and acceleration times are substantially the same for the two cars.”
What’s a Tapley reading, Grandpa? Go read “Still Off-Scale After All These Years,” Grandpa replied.
By the way, the TR-3’s 0-60 mph in 12.0 seconds was quite spirited for 1956: The DKW 3-6 sedan tested for the same issue took 25.5 seconds to reach this same speed. The Porsche Speedster and Coupe tested in January 1956 took 13.9 and 15.0 seconds, respectively.
R&T got 26/32 mpg and noted “Fuel consumption figures for the Triumph are, nevertheless, very good by and large—much better in fact, than quite a few 1500 cc cars we could name.”
R&T didn’t name them, but one begins with M and ends with G.
Of the ad’s “your best fun and family sports car buy,” R&T said, “Another optional extra is that all-important (to the family man) rear seat, which, though by no means spacious, is not as cramped as you might think. It can probably tip the scales in the Triumph’s favor for a lot of ‘borderline’ potential buyers.”
I am impressed by the ad’s progressive photo showing Mrs. Family Man at the wheel. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2021