Lot 148 - 1954 Triumph TR2
|Odometer reading||43,016 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £40,040|
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. It is presented with British Racing Green coachwork, complemented by tan trim, sits on wire wheels and is supplied with a set of spare steel rims. First registered on 7th October 1954, it was kept by the same owner until his death in 1995. Between 1995 and 2012, the car benefitted from a full refurbishment and has been stored in a heated garage since.' Long door' TR2s are lighter than their later siblings resulting in the cars being very spritely and this car is no exception with overdrive on 4th gear; high speed cruising is comfortable. 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, 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. An air scoop for the carburetors adorns the bonnet and appears not to be a homemade item; this 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, whereby it is racing another TR2 with a similar bonnet scoop at Snetterton and believed to be in the late 1950s. An extensive history file, including a photographic record and receipts of the restoration and a 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.