Lot 213: Triumph/Mistra TR3/4 Sports Special by Microplas
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.
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|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£9184|
|Registration number||RLM 31E|
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