Lot 282 - 1954 13093 TR2 Long Door (Mille Miglia eligible)

Lot 282 - 1954 13093 TR2 Long Door (Mille Miglia eligible)

Lot 282 - 1954 13093 TR2 Long Door (Mille Miglia eligible)

Lot Number 282
Registration PLB 963
Chassis Number TS3704
Engine Number TS3867
Odometer reading 42,700 miles
Estimate £24,000 - £28,000
Result Sold - £33,600

The first production road Triumph TR2 left the Triumph works at Canley in August 1953; thereafter production was very slow for several months. Just 250 cars were built prior to 1954 of which only 50 stayed within the UK. At the start of 1954, production increased and TR2s began to dominate the home market. This was due to Triumph's determination that a reasonable proportion would stay in the UK, whereas MG, Morgan and Jaguar were mainly exporting. The early TR2s were sought after mainly because of their performance, low running costs, availability and low price. Such was the success of the TR2 that in 1954, one entered the famous Mille Miglia event where it came 28th out of 450 starters and in the Le Mans 24 Hours of that year another TR2 came 5th in class. Both results emphasised the strength and performance of the cars.

Today we are proud to offer an excellent, long door, example of the marque. The TR2 is presented with British Racing Green coachwork and complemented by tan trim and painted wire wheels including the spare, all fitted with recent new tyres. Long Door TR2s are lighter than their later siblings resulting in the cars being very spritely and this is no exception. On a recent test, the TR performed as it should with high speeds easily attained and comfortable with the use of the overdrive available on fourth gear. The steering has been improved by the fitment of a steering rack in place of the heavy steering box. This conversion was carried out by the UK's leading Triumph specialist 'Manvers Triumph'. In addition, recently, a set of 'Quick Fit' seat belts, with period chrome buckles, have been added. A full set of weather equipment includes the hood, tonneau cover and a new set of side screens. It was originally fitted with steel disc wheels and these are included in the sale along with their chrome wheel trims. An inspection of the coachwork confirms that the undersides are as good as the topsides. An air scoop for the carburettors adorns the bonnet and is certainly not a homemade item and the bonnet is believed to be a period product from the tuning specialist of the time, Derrington. In fact, a picture of PLB 963 with this scoop may be seen within Bill Piggott's book, 'Triumph By Name, Triumph By Nature' on page 88, where it is racing another TR2 with a similar scoop at Snetterton, believed to be in the late 1950s.

Such is the quality of the car that, although exempt, a 12 month MoT was carried out with no advisories, prior to the sale; it also carries Historic road fund licence valid until the end of October 2014. An extensive history file, including the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, verifies this TR2 as a genuine UK righthand drive example. The condition of this long door TR2 is exemplary and we believe it to be one of the finest in existence; an opportunity indeed for the TR aficionado or prospective Mille Miglia entrant.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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