1955 Triumph TR2

Make: Triumph
Model: TR2
Year: 1955
Registration Number: 920 GRE
Chassis Number: TS5896
Engine Number: TS6310E
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
Colour: British Racing Green
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Guide Price: £25000 - 30000
Road Tax Exempt

Lot No: 216

The 1950s offered some great examples of true British sports cars. They were designed as affordable ‘wind in the hair’ and ‘no holes barred’ motoring. Definitely driver’s cars, having abundant performance with somewhat agricultural suspension which was to prove quite unforgiving if provoked, but such fun and a wonderful relief from the rather staid post war sensible saloons on offer at the time. Morgan and Austin-Healey were amongst these and from the Standard Motor Company came the TR2.

The TR2 was produced from 1953 to 1955 and was based on a substantial ladder chassis mounted with a two seat Roadster body and powered by a strong 4 cylinder 1991cc engine from the Vanguard but with twin H4 SU carburettors and tuned to 90bhp. Independent coil springs provided the front suspension with a live rear axle on leaf springs. A four speed manual gearbox was available with optional overdrive and Lockheed drum brakes all round.

This particular TR2 has an interesting history. Certainly from the mid 1960s, the sporting car resided in Hertfordshire and in 1967, it was purchased by a Mr Osman-Barter. At the latter end of the decade, the TR2 was involved in an accident, and Mr Osman-Barter procured the correct replacement panels necessary from Standard Triumph main dealers. However, at some point he changed direction and proceeded to fit TR4 panel work, specifically the headlamp surround and wings. It was put into dry storage and there it remained for many years before the current custodian purchased it at auction in 2019 as a project.

The original engine, gearbox, axles and chassis etc.. all remained with the vehicle and have not been renewed. However, the TR4 panels were removed and the correct TR2 panels fitted, using parts acquired by its former owner as well as new parts from OEM Stanpart. Some localised repairs to the chassis were required and a Moss tubular rear spacer replaced the original. The body work has been professionally resprayed to a high standard in Triumph BRG. The interior has been completely renewed and is in immaculate order. The hood is also new. Instrumentation is in working order. Much of the chrome has been replated. The underside has apparently been protected with treatment wax and the chassis has been wax injected.

The mechanical aspect of the TR2 is, we understand, excellent and with no known faults and the sports car runs and drives well. The braking system has been comprehensively rebuilt and renewed as necessary, including the fitting of new copper pipe lines. The clutch was replaced and the master and slave cylinders overhauled, as were the twin SU carburettors. We are told that the engine bottom end was overhauled in the previous ownership. The vendor carried out a full recommissioning service with all new oils and filters. There is a new wiring loom, lights with LED bulbs for modern motoring. The vendor also went to great lengths to have the original registration number reinstated by the DVLA.

A superb restoration then of a sporting classic ready for the road this summer.

The extensive history file contains invoices, an MOT test certificate, correspondence, insurance policy information and well-presented records on the motor car’s maintenance from the 1960s, together with a bill of sale from 1965, a vehicle inspection report from the Triumph Sports Six Club, DVLA correspondence, a spare parts catalogue, further invoices from the current ownership, a memory stick of images of the restoration, an RF60 continuation book and the V5C registration certificate. Also included are two workshop manuals and an Olyslager manual.

Auction Date: 1 March 2024