Article No.8: TR2-3A Rear Seat

Welcome to another of our ‘Articles’ – a blog post illustrating the ins and outs here at Carn Bosavern Garage, based in St.Just, Cornwall. Ranging from details on a full restoration, to the intricacies of an engine rebuild, we take a look at both current and previous restorations on vehicles such as MGA’s, MGB’s, plus Triumph TR2’s, TR3’s and TR4’s. We will also give an update on our current stock of classic cars for sale and used cars for sale.

In this article we take a look at fitting a rear seat to a Triumph TR3A using original mounting brackets.

Although an optional extra from factory, it’s very rare to find a Triumph TR2, TR3 or TR3A with a rear seat prior to the re-design of the body at approximately chassis number TS60000. These were wooden based seats that sat on top of solid steel brackets mounted to the floor panels. These brackets are no longer available, so when a customer enquired about the possibility of a rear seat in their early TR3A, they were delighted to hear we had a pair of brackets in stock.

The original brackets were sand blasted, primed and painted in 2 pack Old English White, to match the exterior of the car. We bolted these to the floor panels and rear deck to make sure they were solid, as originally done from factory. The seat itself was a new unit in matching navy leather with white piping, which we securely fastened to the brackets.

The end result was a very smart looking seat which complimented the interior without looking out of place – a rare optional extra for a vehicle of this year.