Lot 153 - 1954 Triumph TR2 'Long door'
|Odometer reading||86,477 km|
|Estimate||£21,000 - £27,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,400|
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.
Offered here is an excellent 'long door' example of the marque, well presented with British Racing Green coachwork, complemented by brown leather trim and fawn hood. The car also features a number of optional extras fitted from new, including wire wheels, a heater and an adjustable steering column; details of which can be found on the accompanying heritage certificate.
First registered on 14th June 1954 after being dispatched to North America, this TR2 was discovered by an English property developer whilst on holiday in 1989 who set about bringing the car back to the UK and fulfilling a lifelong dream to restore the car. After repatriation in 1990, the restoration process was begun by Fortescue Garages Ltd., TR classic specialists in Bournemouth. The restoration is documented extensively in the history file and includes a full photographic record of the process all in line with the original Heritage production specifications. Despite the restoration being some 25 years ago , this beautiful example presents as if it had taken place less than five years ago; a staggering testimony to the love and care bestowed under the current ownership.
'Long door' TR2s are lighter than their later siblings resulting in the cars being very spritely and this car is no exception. Accompanying the vehicle is a full set of weather equipment including the hood, tonneau cover and side screens, together with an extensive history file, detailed photographic record and receipts of the restoration, a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, owner's manual and even a Haynes Manual. The condition of this 'long door' TR2 is fantastic and we believe it to be one of the finest examples of an older restoration we have come across; an opportunity indeed for the TR aficionado or prospective Mille Miglia entrant.
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