A 1957 Triumph TR3/3A, registration number AAS 227, ***South...

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A 1957 Triumph TR3/3A, registration number AAS 227, ***South African commission number 296621 (not 26621)***, chassis number AAPV0120180296621, engine number TS20205E, ***gearbox number TS20272 (not TS2072)***, Primrose yellow. This TR3 was exported to South Africa as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kit to circumnavigate high import duties, one of 624 assembled by Jacobs of Durban between January 1957 and May 1958. The engine and gearbox numbers are consistent with a build date between July and September 1957. The TR was imported by Bowins of Cape Town SA and registered by Meridan Group Ltd of Aylesbury, Bucks on 19th June 2001. The Triumph was then sold by Station Garage, Bucks, as a restoration project in 2003, to a Mr Lewesly at a recorded mileage of 52144. The TR was at that time painted light grey. Mr Lewesly had the car resprayed yellow, but further significant work was not undertaken due to Mr Lewesly passing away in 2009. The car was then sold through an unknown garage to a Mr Neil Young of Somerset. Mr Young had some mechanical works undertaken on the car, and fitted a double duck hood and tonneau cover, supplied by SC Spares. The TR remained with Mr Young before being purchased by our vendor in March 2014. Our vendor drove the TR until he stripped it for restoration at the end of that year when the recorded mileage was 53895. The car has undergone significant restoration work, including a full bare metal respray back to original Primrose yellow. The TR was reassembled using new seals, mouldings and trim and fitted with new badges. The body was raised from the chassis, which was then cleaned and painted, as was the underside of the body, after new sills, and minor corrosion plating was carried out. The gearbox was overhauled and the overdrive and carburettors were rebuilt. The engine and rear axle saw similar attention. There is an extensive history file, which includes reference to the engine rebuild being upgraded to 2.2 litre and the fitting of an unleaded cylinder head. *** It is not known who carried out the 2.2 litre upgrade which includes a polished and ported engine. The current vendor has also overhauled the steering, suspension and brakes.*** Receipts amounting too many thousands of pounds are on file. Our vendor has restored the car with use in mind, not to be a Show Queen! V5C, MOT and tax exempt See illustrations

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10th Feb 2019 2:30pm GMT (Lots 100 to 150)