Triumph’s Spitfire never really did it for me. I have always wanted a TR2 or 3 though. They may be primitive with their tractor derived engines and cut down doors, but there is just something about them that gets my blood running. Maybe it is the fact that they can keep up with big Healeys for a lot less outlay or that they were popular among rallyists when new. This one is going to need a lot attention before driving through any mountain passes, but it can be picked up for $3,200 on Newark, Delaware’s craigslist. A special thanks goes to Bob G for sending this one in.
This TR3 is rough. It doesn’t run and there is rust. We would normally run away quickly from projects in the this sort of condition, but with good parts availability and support, the restoration doesn’t seem too daunting. It does look complete and the engine turns freely. Sure, it is going to cost you more to restore than buying one already done, but just think of the pride you will feel driving something you put together with your own hands.
Enthusiasts have gotten lazy. Before the internet, we would find cars locally. There was none of this searching the internet until you locate the perfect example. You would take what you could find and you made the best of it. A project like this would be exciting, especially if you could get it cheap and you probably would because there were no online price guides to consult. Times have changed, but luckily sources such as Hemmings and craigslist try to keep the local hunt alive.
I continue to scan the local classifieds in hopes of finding something interesting. Unfortunately, most people with anything special in their garage, know they can do better by just posting it up on eBay. I have come across a few fun projects in the past and I guess the TR3 should be added to my list of cars to keep an eye out for. I’m not entirely sure why I like these motorized horse-carts, but whatever the reason there is just something romantic about this British brute…