1960 Triumph TR3 owned by automotive journalist Sam Barer (of "Sound Classics" and "Sam Barer's Four Wheel Drift" fame)This specific car was built in June of 1960. It is Signal Red with black weather equipment It has painted wire wheels (originally 48 spoke, but upgraded to 60-spoke), which is required for performance driving.The car was treated to a full frame-off, nut-and-bolt restoration circa 1996. The engine was fully rebuilt, new paint applied and a new interior installed. At the time of restoration a correct Laycock overdrive transmission was also installed. The restorer's intent was to replicate the look of dealer-showroom new -- which is to say that it was not "over restored", although a mechanic who used to work at the dealership from which it was sold back in 1960 stated he still thought it looked better than the average TR3 when new.It runs and drives beautifully, stays cool, and looks great with just minor touch-ups of chips and scratches from regular driving. While the main four-speed transmission, clutch and associated hydraulics operate perfectly, the overdrive is slow to engage, disengage and slips -- most likely from a clogged hydraulic passage (the OD electricals were not hooked up until 2003, so sludge could have settled in from years of no use.)Car has been driven regularly, mostly locally, but has excelled in a couple 150-mile weekend trips. The Triumph TR-3 was a major player in the British sports car invasion of the 1950s. One of the most indestructable cars ever produced, it was able to win professional rallies and sports car races around the world. Here in America, the TR3 got the reputation as a car perfectly suited for driving to work during the week, as well as driving to the track and entering in races on the weekend.Falling above MG and below Austin Healey on the British ladder of automotive prestige, Triumph's TR3 was an evolution of the TR2. By 1960, the car had an available 2.2L engine -- actually 2138 ccs via 3.27-in stroke and 3.38-in piston and liners (standard was still 1991 ccs to qualify for the under two-liter racing class), disc brakes up front and a new body tub. Shipping weight was listed at 2050 pounds, but options could add a few pounds here and there. Nose-to-tail it's just 151 inches with an 88-inch wheelbase. It stands only 50 inches tall.For what is generally considered "a tractor engine" from the inline-four-cylinder's use in Ferguson Tractors after development for the Standard Vanguard car, the powerplant is quite impressive. It delivers 100 horsepower at 5000 RPMs and 118 lb-ft of torque at 3000 RPMs in stock specifications with two SU sidedraft carbs. Some quick math puts it at .82 horses per cubic inch and one hp for every 20.5 pounds -- better than a 1975 Corvette's 20.9 pounds per hp. Whereas modern sports cars coddle drivers with luxury appointments, carefully engineered handling dynamics and electronic nannies, the TR3 is completely elemental. It's pure business in the cockpit with a large diameter steering wheel, comprehensive guages and deep bucket seats. The chassis is a simple X-frame that flexes more than a Russian gymnast. Push the throttle to the floor... as the twin-SU carbs suck air and fuel and you hear that loud howl from the straight-pipe exhaust that makes even Harley Davidson riders jealous, you get entrenched in the experience. New sports cars make 100 mph feel slow, but in a car that allows one to drag your knuckles on the ground while holding the steering wheel, any speed feels 100 mph faster. Of course, if you want to up the ante even more, the windshield comes off with four quick screwdriver turns.Slip in, fire it up, hang your elbows out...it's more fun than a barrel full of monkeys playing with a barrel full of monkeys!