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7 February 2018

1958 Triumph TR3A Works Rally Car

  • Chassis no. TS/23870-O
  • Engine no. TS/24229-E

Documents: UK V5


Please kindly note this car is titled as date of first registration 1958

  • One of four TR3As entered by the Triumph Works Team in the 1958 Monte Carlo Rally
  • 2nd overall in the 1958 Circuit of Ireland Rally with Desmond Titterington
  • 1st in class in the 1958 Tulip rally with Stuart Turner
  • Includes FIA HTP papers and FIVA Identity Card


Standard-Triumph entered four Triumph TR3As for the 1958 Monte Carlo Rally bearing near-sequential registration numbers: VRW 220 for Paddy Hopkirk/Jack Scott, VRW 221 for John Waddington/Mike Wood, and VRW 223 for Maurice Gatsonides/Marcel Bequart and VRW 219, for Annie Soisbault/Tish Ozanne.

Poor weather delayed Waddington – in this particular car – and he was excluded from the event before reaching Lyon. However, excluded parties could continue to Monte Carlo to compete in the Driving Tests on the promenade at the end of the rally – a detour rendered worthwhile when the pair finished 3rd in the standalone event.

In April, VRW 221 was driven in the Circuit of Ireland Rally by former Works Jaguar and Ecurie Ecosse driver Desmond Titterington. Co-driven by Brian McCaldin, Titterington secured 2nd behind fellow Ulsterman Hopkirk, ensuring a welcome 1-2 for Standard-Triumph. Later that month, Ron Gouldborn assumed driving duties of VRW 221 for the Tulip Rally and – ably assisted by Stuart Turner – scored a class win and 10th overall.

In the Rallye des Alpes, VRW 221 reverted to being crewed by Titterington and McCaldin, finishing 8th overall and 3rd in class. The car’s final Works outing was the Tour de France, driven by Australians David McKay and David Lewin. The car ran strongly throughout, and was running 15th overall on the final night before brake problems caused them to crash into retirement on the final day.

Sold by the Works in 1959 to former driver Ron Goldbourn, a succession of owners ensued before VRW 221 entered long-term ownership with Martyn King, who sensitively restored the car, taking great care to preserve as many original components as possible. After a period of Austrian ownership between 1996 and 2009, the car was repatriated to the UK and has remained there since, competing in numerous historic rallies, including the Three Castle Rally and the Rally of the Tests.

Impeccably presented – with unusual competition hardtop – in its original colours of Apple Green over brown leather, VRW 221 remains a highly significant car. Thought to be the only one of the ’58 Monte Carlo cars surviving, it retains its original engine and 'period' rally spotlights, and is eminently eligible for the myriad historic rallies and tours currently operating worldwide.





• Une des quatre TR3 A engagées par l'équipe Triumph usine au Rallye de Monte Carlo 1958
• Deuxième au classement général du Circuit of Ireland Rally 1958 avec Desmond Titterington
• Victoire de catégorie au Rallye des Tulipes 1958 avec Stuart Turner
• Accompagnée d'un PTH FIA et d'une carte d'identité FIVA

“Standard-Triumph a engagé au Rallye de Monte Carlo 1958 quatre Triumph TR3 A qui portaient des immatriculations qui se suivaient presque : VRW 220 pour Paddy Hopkirk/Jack Scott, VRW 221 pour John Waddington/Mike Wood, VRW 223 pour Maurice Gatsonides/Marcel Bequart, et VRW 219 pour Annie Soisbault/Tish Ozanne.

Le mauvais temps retardait Waddington (au volant de la présente voiture) et il était éliminé du rallye avant même d'atteindre Lyon. Toutefois, les concurrents qui subissaient ce sort pouvaient encore continuer jusqu'à Monte Carlo pour les tests de conduite effectués sur la Promenade, à la fin du rallye : un détour qui dans ce cas s'est révélé fructueux, l'équipage terminant troisième de cette épreuve particulière.

En avril, VRW 221 était pilotée au Circuit of Ireland Rally par Desmond Titterington, ancien pilote d'usine Jaguar et Ecurie Ecosse. Avec Brian McCaldin comme copilote, Titterington signait la deuxième place derrière Hopkirk, habitant de l'Ulster, ce qui assurait un beau doublé à Standard-Triumph. Plus tard dans le courant du même mois, Ron Goldbourn prenait le volant de VRW 221 au Rallye des Tulipes et, avec l'assistance de son copilote Stuart Turner, il décrochait la victoire de sa catégorie et une dixième place au classement général.

A la Coupe des Alpes, VRW 221 retrouvait son ancien équipage Titterington et McCaldin pour terminer huitième au classement général et troisième de sa catégorie. La dernière sortie de la voiture pour l'équipe officielle a eu lieu au Tour de France Automobile où elle était confiée aux Australiens David McKay et David Lewin. La TR3 se montrait très compétitive et était installée à la quinzième place avant que des problèmes de freins ne provoquent une sortie de route, le dernier jour.

Vendue par l'usine en 1959 à son ancien pilote Ron Goldbourn, la voiture connaissait ensuite divers propriétaires avant d'être achetée par Martyn King, qui décidait de se lancer dans une restauration soigneuse au cours de laquelle il faisait très attention à préserver le maximum de composants d'origine. Après une période entre des mains autrichiennes de 1996 à 2009, VRW 221 était rapatriée au Royaume-Uni où elle est restée depuis lors, participant à nombre de rallyes historiques dont le Three Castle Rally et le Rally of the Tests.

De présentation impeccable dans sa teinte d'origine "Apple Green" avec intérieur en cuir marron clair (et dotée d'un inhabituel hard-top compétition), VRW 221 est une voiture extrêmement significative. Il s'agit probablement de la seule survivante des Triumph du Rallye de Monte Carlo 1958. Équipée de son moteur d'origine et de phares longue portée additionnels d'époque, elle est évidemment éligible pour une multitude de rallyes historiques organisés à l'heure actuelle dans le monde entier.

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