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Lot 213: Triumph/Mistra TR3/4 Sports Special by Microplas

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

Microplas Ltd was founded in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire in the early 1950's by a group of 750 Motor Club enthusiasts who got together to design and produce an all-enveloping glass fibre bodyshell for the Austin Seven chassis. Its first design, the Stiletto, was followed in 1955 by the Mistral. Intended for the contemporary Ford Ten chassis with a 7' 6'' wheelbase, the original round-tail Mistral looked rather like a scaled down Jaguar D-Type. Cresting the wave of the 1950's kit car boom, Microplas rapidly expanded, relocating to Mitcham, Surrey and supplying Mistral body shells, its most successful product, to a number of independent producers including Buckler, Fairthorpe and TVR.

This Triumph-based special has the later, Kamm-tail Mistral bodyshell and was constructed in the mid-1960's by electrical engineer Anthony Snapper using a TR3 chassis, Austin A60 front end and TR4 engine with an overdrive gearbox. Following Mr Snapper's retirement, the car was advertised for sale and featured in Classic & Sports Car magazine (July 2001). The current vendor, a motor racing enthusiast, describes the car as fun to drive and with both an unusual and attractive appearance, this Triumph based special represents a rare opportunity to purchase such a unique car.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
TypeCar
Lot Number213
Estimate£9000-£12000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9184
Year1967
Condition rating0
Registration numberRLM 31E
Mileage-
Chassis numberLSR.102.BH
Engine numberTDD36E
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors