The US was the only nation that made such an issue of "Model year." All
of Europe simply had model names that reflected modificatins/updates, etc.
The manufacturers kept records (as they still do) based on date fo
manufacture, not model name. Thus to the English or Germans, there was no
such thing as a 1960 TR-3A, or a 1965 Mercedes Benz SL 240. There were
simply TR-3A's, and SL 240's manufactured on such-and-such a date. When a
car was imported to the US, and titled to the final buyer, then it
acquired a model year. But this only meant something to US buyers, not to
Thus as observed, there were 1961 TR-4s, and 1963 TR-3B's.
Thu, 29 Jun 2000 Herald948@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 6/29/00 8:25:11 PM EST, email@example.com writes:
> > > 3. How many of the 1961 TR4s were vactually titled as 1962s?
> > Lots I suspect. I have a friend in the hartfor area who owns a titled
> > 1962 TR4 and a 1963 TR3B... go figure.
> Just to add to Don's comment a bit, the TR4 was introduced very late in 1961
> and would likely have been considered a 1962 model by almost everyone. After
> all, what dealer in his/her right mind would willingly ask for supplies of
> LAST YEAR'S model to sell? Similarly, many of the TR3B cars were built in
> summer and fall of 1962 and would have arrived stateside for sale in what
> everyone else would call the 1963 model year.
> Andrew Mace, President, The Vintage Triumph Register
James A. Ruffner