1954 Triumph TR2


  • Beautiful condition 
  • Restored in the late 80s, completed in 1991
  • Uprated engine


A true British classic that looking through the paperwork, has been well cared for in its 68 year existence. The car seems to be in excellent condition following its extensive restoration, which was started in the late 1980s and finished in 1991. 

This is an ideal car for anyone wanting to own a British classic, or more specifically, a Triumph TR2. It is ready to go and be enjoyed following a £4,200 recommissioning in January 2021 to bring the car up to the correct standard and ensure everything is working as it should. 


  • V5 is present  
  • Registered 24th November 1954
  • Extensive history file
  • Several years spent in a private collection
  • Magazine featured

The seller purchased the TR2 just over eight months ago with his dad. The car came from a private collection where it had stood for several years with very little use. The seller and his dad have always been into classic cars, and the idea was to run the car alongside their TR6. Unfortunately, the TR2 is just a bit too low down to make it comfortable for his dad to get in and out of, which is why they have decided to part with it.


  • Retrimmed interior
  • Original features
  • Well presented

Inside, this 1954 Triumph TR2 is in excellent condition, and it does not look to have had a great deal of use since the restoration was completed in 1991. The seats have been retrimmed in cream vinyl with red piping to match the exterior. These are in good condition with no apparent signs of wear. The door cards are in the same material and have no scuffs or damage. 

The dashboard has been covered in matching material across the top and fascia. The instruments are in good condition with clear faces and are all reported to be working as they should; the odometer shows a reading of 46,296 miles. Switchgear in any vehicle from 1954 is quite minimal, but what is there is working correctly and in good order. 

The red carpets have also been replaced during the restoration and have been kept in good order with the help of some fitted rubber mats to protect them. The boot has also been carpeted and holds the double duck tonneau cover and wet weather gear for our reliable British weather. Located under the boot floor are the spare wheel and a spare innertube.


  • Recently refurbished wheels
  • Full wet weather gear
  • Well presented                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Looking at the notes in the paperwork, the paintwork on the TR2 seems to have been finished in either Peugeot China Red or Signal Red. Starting at the front of the Triumph, there are an odd few stone chips to mention, but nothing excessive. The chrome work for the headlight surrounds, and grille shows just the slightest amount of patina. The headlights and spotlights are in good condition with a bright reflector and no lens cracks. The bonnet sits nicely in its aperture and unlocks with the correct tool. 

Moving to the sides, there is an odd blister towards the bottom of the wing, but they have not broken through the paint's surface. The doors align as they should and open from the inside by pulling the cord. The curvy rear arches have no noticeable chips on the leading edges, flowing around to the rear, where the lights have a small amount of patina to the chrome, and the lenses are free from any splits or cracks. One of the overriders has recently been replaced, making them both in good order. The spare wheel cover can be removed as necessary with the same tool used to open the bonnet. 

When in wet weather mode, there is a canvas roof which is in good condition. The plastic windows are clear and free from damage. In addition, a set of side windows can be fitted, offering complete protection should you get caught in a shower. Also included is a double duck tonneau cover which fits nice and tight and zips halfway to leave the passenger side covered. 

The wheels on the TR2 have recently been blasted back to bare metal, repainted in the body colour, and finished with the Triumph hub caps, which are in excellent condition. Likewise, the tyres are in good condition, with a good amount of tread remaining.  


  • 4-speed gearbox with overdrive
  • Fast road camshaft
  • Performance exhaust
  • Brakes overhauled
  • New head gasket

From the paperwork, the seller believes the engine in this TR2 to be a 2.2 litre from a TR4A which has had a fast road camshaft fitted, giving the little TR2 that edge over the rest. Within the past 12 months, during the recommissioning, the car has had the carburettors serviced, new plugs, HT leads, distributor cap, head gasket and fluids replaced. 

The car starts up as it should and sounds fantastic going down the road through the performance exhaust. The car likes to be driven and always feels like it needs to go, thanks to the camshaft. The gear change is as you would expect, and the car pulls well through the 4-speed gearbox, with overdrive operating in fourth. 

Bringing the Triumph to a halt, the brakes have been given new shoes and cylinders along with some new hoses to ensure they are in order and working correctly.


What a beauty! A British classic 1954 Triumph TR2, which, thanks to the £4,200 recommissioning, is ready to be enjoyed. Take it to shows or use it for a Sunday drive to a local breakfast meeting, the Triumph will turn heads without a doubt. 

Of course, an essential factor when purchasing any classic is parts, and you’ll be pleased to know parts are readily available and the amount of knowledge out there for these cars is staggering, which makes for the perfect classic to own. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1954
  • Make Triumph
  • Model TR2
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 46,296 Miles
  • Engine size 1991
  • Town Stoke-on-Trent
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Staffordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
24 bids
  • murray.•••• £19,000 28/06/22
  • wilkins•••• £18,000 28/06/22
  • andy-ta•••• £17,750 28/06/22
  • murray.•••• £17,500 28/06/22
  • andy-ta•••• £17,000 28/06/22
  • murray.•••• £16,000 28/06/22
  • Drewboy•••• £15,750 28/06/22
  • murray.•••• £15,500 28/06/22
  • edwardj•••• £15,250 28/06/22
  • murray.•••• £15,000 28/06/22

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