The Triumph TR range of sports cars was introduced in 1953, it quickly established itself as a favourite in the british sports car market, updates soon followed and the TR3 with subtle modifications, such as doors flush with the top of the sill, and re-designed grille, replaced the original model. The final variant was the TR3A which sported some later refinements, such as external door handles, full width grille with separate side lights, a TR3B was produced, but this was unique to the north American market. The actual design of the cars, were down to Walter Belgrove, and his TR2 prototype was first shown to the public at Earls Court Motor show in 1952, then production commencing in spring of 1953. Belgrove took some of his design influences from the Jaguar XK120, and features showing similar lines, can be seen around the headlamps, front wings and around the cockpit area. The cars were a big hit here and overseas, with export sales far exceeding home sales, the cars easily being converted to left hand drive, to satisfy the north American market. Owners were impressed with the simple design, the rugged chassis, and the bullet proof, Standard Vanguard derived 1991cc four cylinder ohv engine. Performance was good also, with top speed 105 m.p.h., 0-60 in 12.6 seconds, giving 96 b.h.p. at around 4800 r.p.m. Fuel consumption was impressive at around 30 m.p.g. A noteable achievement occurred in 1953 when a standard TR2, with only the addition of wheel spats, fairings and aero screen, achieved 124 m.p.h. firmly establishing this little sports car as a true classic.
Tr2 Claims to Fame:
1954 Mille Miglia – came 28th out of 450 starters and June 1954 Le Mans came 5th in class!
This car offered for Sale left the Factory on Tuesday, 9th August 1955, unusually, with Competition Front Spring and Rear Shock Absorbers, as CSA stated on the ” Heritage Certificate ” which comes with the car. This TR2 has been restored to a very high standard, in Red with matching Factory Works Hard Top on original 48 Spoke Wire wheels the car looks simply stunning.
The interior is completely re- trimmed in Correct Black with contrasting Red Piping.
A Overdrive car with the desirable Polished Low Port Head & matching inlet Manifold this car is a joy too drive & fabulously Brisk for a car built in 1955 of course the build year & Correctness of the car assures Eligibility to many of the World’s most desirable Events including the Mille Miglia .
The Car is presently undergoing a full Check & Service in our Work shops / prior to a Rolling Road set up,so as to ensure Optimum reliability & enjoyment for doubtless an overjoyed new Owner soon. A 12 month fresh MOT will be secured prior to the car leaving us.
TR2’s with the Iconic
Nose and on Factory Wires are extremely rare cars! with Overdrive & Mille Miglia eligibility, such Cars offer significant investment potential ,whilst opening doors to the very best of an ever increasing World Wide Classic Car Event Calendar, With both Hood & Hard top ,wonderful drop down doors or Correct period Side screens Weather is no Barrier to fully enjoy this Wonderful car.
The History file for the car confirms a clear audit trail of life in the UK ,since 1955
& the all important Heritage Certificate, confirming modifications as the car left the Factory.
As you would expect the car is supplied with Original tools,to include the Original Bonnet & Boot Key T bar Key .
The Photography,of the Car certainly gives a strong hint of just how fabulous an example this car is. —— the car in reality is a Crowd Stopper ! Doubtless to be admired in all the right places.
This TR2, is offered for sale , from our Suffolk premises with the Option of Kenlow Fan & Rally Trip meter / & or discrete Willans removable Harnesses, in anticipation this car will attend Brescia Italy in 2013 & or other wonderful events ,perhaps a trip to Classic Le Mans?
From a long line of TR2’s we have sought out , this Car is Outstanding, I can only recommend an early Viewing, as always it is a pleasure to collect any visitors from London Stansted, just over 1 hours away,& Delivery of the car via Covered Trailer through out Europe can be facilitated wide shipping easily arranged.