By Vern Parker
Triumph sports cars have always held an appeal for Dan McGrath. While serving in the Air Force he thoroughly enjoyed the raucous voice from the exhaust of a Triumph he once owned.
After he moved to Falls Church, Va., he longed for another Triumph. His search for a Triumph lasted the better part of a year before, in the summer of 1987, he saw a newspaper ad offering for sale a 1959 Triumph TR-3A. It was on a farm in nearby Vienna, Va.
He went to see the then 28-year-old sports car and found it parked in a garage. The TR-3 models were produced from 1956 to 1961.
The tale McGrath was told by the woman selling the car was that her father had purchased it for her a decade before and since then she had driven the car about 1,000 miles – not in a year, but in total. The odometer had recorded only a total of 56,000 miles. She evidently preferred cars with roll-up windows.