Famous Triumph TR3a completed after its discovery in a French scrapyard
A Triumph TR3a thought to be the most successful ever non-works TR has just emerged from a restoration that took several years.
The TR3a, registered 33 DNK, was bought new by RW ‘Bill’ De Selincourt in June 1958, and soon gained a distinctive alloy nosecone. It was raced throughout 1959, particularly at Goodwood.
It was advertised in late 1959 as ‘the fastest TR in the UK’ and its new owner continued to race it. By the mid-’70s it was based in Buckinghamshire, but it’s not known where it went from there, until it was discovered in the 1990s by Bill Piggott, then registrar of the TR Register, in a scrapyard in south-east France.
It was rescued and repatriated by TR specialist Darryl Uprichard of Racetorations, who says: ‘It was a real chicken-shit special, feathers inside, engine in the boot, but it was a fundamentally good car and it still had the nose cone.’
Darryl has kept the original chassis and inner tub but the outer panels and nosecone have had to be remade. He’s hoping to take the car back to Goodwood as soon as possible.