Evaluation: From the Dick Ray estate collection. A total barn find, dust and all. Dent in the right front. One of the mirrors is broken off. Dull and cracked original paint, while the hardtop shows overspray and has loose rubber. The engine bay is unrestored but quite complete aside from a radiator cap. Being a TR3, there are no windows so the elements have gotten to the interior. It’s filthy. The car is rusty underneath, The rust isn’t terminal, and the rockers are in decent shape. It’s a rough project, but a complete and doable one.
Bottom Line: The Triumph TR3 isn’t a particularly rare or valuable car. Most enthusiasts on a tight budget won’t have a problem finding a lovely driver-quality TR3 to buy, so this car had a relatively narrow appeal – someone specifically on the hunt for a big project. The price is free of any barn find mystique or premium, and that’s a good thing. It means the buyer has plenty of room to dig into restoration and get this TR back on the road. At this price it’s also a realistic parts car with the hardtop as a bonus.