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The Triumph TR3 is a sports car produced between 1955 and 1962 by Standard-Triumph in England. The facelifted variant, popularly but unofficially known as the TR3A, entered production in 1957 and the final version, unofficially the TR3B, was produced in 1962.
Although the car was usually supplied as an open two-seater, an occasional rear seat and bolt-on steel hard top were available as extras.
The car was powered by a 1991 cc straight-4 OHV engine initially producing 95 bhp (71 kW; 96 PS), an increase of 5 hp over the TR2 thanks to the larger SU-H6 carburettors fitted. This was later increased to 100 bhp at 5000 rpmby the addition of a “high port” cylinder head and enlarged manifold. The four-speed manual gearbox could be supplemented by an overdrive unit on the top three ratios, electrically operated and controlled by a switch on the dash. In 1956 the front brakes were changed from drums to discs, the TR3 thus becoming the first series production car to be so fitted.
The TR3 is a true roadster, designed for sunny weather but with removable rain protection. It has a convertible hood (UStop) that snaps on and off and removable side curtains, allowing very low doors with padding for the driver’s arm to rest on. There are holes in the floor, with rubber plugs, so that the originally supplied jack might be used from inside the car, as did the Jaguar XK120. The optional heater was poor and the shut-off valve was under the bonnet (US hood). A third person could get behind the seats, if absolutely necessary. -wikipedia
Alpine Series IV
As launched, it used Rootes’ 1494cc engine to Sunbeam Rapier specification. Initially all Alpines were built by Armstrong Siddeley. 11,904 Series I cars were made.
The Series II Alpine of 1960 received a 1592cc engine and various detail improvements. Production switched to Rootes’ Ryton facility midway through the Series II’s life. 19,956 examples were built.
1963′s Series III model gained a new interior and a roomier boot. Two specifications were introduced: Sports and GT. The GT came with a hardtop as standard equipment, but no folding hood. The lack of a hood resulted in a roomier interior and the engine was detuned for greater comfort. The Sports meanwhile had a hood, while the hardtop was optional. It also retained the sportier engine. Production totalled 5,863 units.
For 1964, the Series IV saw the tailfins cut back. It received a new grille and optional automatic gearbox. 12,406 were built.
The final version, the Series V, was introduced in 1965. It featured the five bearing 1725cc engine. Production ceased in 1968. 19,122 Series Vs were made.
The coachbuilder Harrington also produced a number of coupe versions of the Alpine which were supported by the factory and sold through their dealer network.
Mazda plans to manufacture 100 special edition 25th Anniversary MX-5s for the United States. They will go on sale this spring so if you want one…good hunting!
A continuation of the third generation NC body style, it is made disctinct by its metallic red paint, 17-inch gunmetal gray aluminum wheels, black A-pillars and black detailing around the windows and side mirror caps.
Engine tweaks will make it easier revving, more balanced and lighter.
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