The POWDER BLUE CLUB
Menno van Rij's car - The Netherlands (added 18 June 2008)
Menno has sent this little history of his car:
Rick – A few years back I moved house and asked a friend to look after my Spitfire for a few weeks: I needed the garage space. At the back of his workshop was a derelict powder blue TR3A. An abandoned restoration project.
To make a long story short: I sold the Spitfire and became the new owner of a TR3A, mostly packed in greasy boxes. And now, nearly four years later, the car is shiny powder blue again!
I put the car back together over a period of 15 months. Cutting corners (moneywise that is), got it approved by the authorities (safety, roadworthiness etc) and started to drive the car. Later that year, I decided to take the car apart again and start a full restoration. I turned to Henk Bongertman ( www.bongertmanautotechniek.nl ) and he helps me with the restoration: strengthening the chassis, helping me to decide what parts to use etc.
The car is stripped to that last nut and bolt. And I'm not a concours attender. So, the car is modified to suit modern day traffic: uprated brakes, Revington steering parts, bespoke loom etc. You can follow the restoration on www.tr3a1959.nl and for more detailed pics: http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb315/TR3A1959/
- Built: November 12, 1959
- Shipped to Los Angeles a few days later
- First sold in 1960
- Back to Holland in 2002
- In my possession since 2004
- Comm. Number: 61947L
- Powder blue
- Interior Black leather
- Hood: white.