By Jamie Palmer
At best, determining commission numbers and production figures of Italias is a guessing game. Here are the facts we do know:
You can see the TR-3A commission plate in this underhood picture of a showroom-condition Italia.
You can see the crossed flags in the picture. This is one of the later cars, as evidenced by the exterior fuel filler. This created an interesting gas tank, as the spare tire was now recessed into the tank. The tank looks something like a square donut!
The Italia is mechanically based on a TR-3A/B. The TR-3A/B spares condition is well known; almost all mechanical components are available, albeit at a cost. However, due to the Italia’s unique body, trim, lamps, body panels, glass, and interior panels, unless you happen to find a parts car (good luck!) are “make-it-yourself.” A few crossovers have been found:
As more and more Italias are restored, many of the owners are banding together to have parts reproduced. If you are interested in participating, please contact the current VTR Italia Consultant.