Impressive period condition with only small modifications
Subject to a hefty restoration from 1997 to 1999
Highly impressive paperwork file
One of fewer than 500 known to be left on the road in the UK
MOTd and Serviced today for the new owner! 10/05/23
Introduced in 1953, the Triumph TR2 was a crown jewel for the Standard Motor Company. A smooth-styled, long-bodied, friendly-looking sports car with low sweeping doors and - crucially for an emerging petrolhead culture - was declared by The Motor magazine as the cheapest British car that could exceed 100mph. It was a hit in the UK, and a smash hit in the US - with most of them shipping Stateside.
With its glamorous aesthetic, it’s perhaps no wonder that this particular example was used for the vendor's honeymoon in 1969 and was cherished ever since. Having spent some thirty years cossetted in storage, in 1997 a huge restoration was commenced.
Since then, it’s been driven annually to keep it limbered up, but is cloying for a more regular drive. As a result, the vendor has made the very difficult decision to sell.
The History and Paperwork
A cherished family car - in ownership since 1967,
Used for a honeymoon to Scotland in 1969
From here until 1997, the car was laid up in dry storage
Throughout 1997 to 1999, the car underwent a very thorough restoration
Since then it’s been serviced regularly, and driven annually
The car indicates only 65,170 miles - this is backed up by its history
MOT exempt, but has been regularly tested
The latest MOT expired in October 2022 but it’s covered less than 100 miles since
For over 20 years, the car has been serviced by the same garage
Car has been upgraded for unleaded fuel
Includes spare front bumper and rocker cover
Offered with full weather equipment
Paperwork file includes:
A full written record of the 97-99 restoration
Huge selection of MOT certificates
This includes test certificates from the 1960s
Original Triumph mechanical book from The Sunday Times
A selection of TR Registry technicalities on CD-Rom
We have a list of spare parts that will be coming with the vehicle:
Assorted/new spares for TR2 plus useful “tools”.
Original TR2 bumper.
Original TR2 rocker cover.
Old AC pump repair kit.
Girling brake shoe return springs.
Set of points.
Box of new carbon brushes.
Original TR2 pair of bonnet hinges.
Original TR2 pair of boot hinges.
Original TR2 gear knob.
Screen washer unit Non-standard and non used.
Twin carburettor flow meter for synchronising.
Exhaust bracket clamp.
Redex 4 inch vacuum gauge and restrictor and spark plug adaptor.
Rear light rubber unit back.
Four various blank grommets.
Two rear unit light back panels.
TR2 petrol isolating valve.
Petrol flexible connection.
TR2 Petrol cap unit.
Pair of brackets to fix to engine for hoist removal.
Two hand valve grinding “Twizzles”.
Two exhaust gaskets.
Washer non return valve.
Brake or clutch angle bracket.
Side light rim.
1 valve spring.
Wire end unit.
SU jets/ needles.
2 throttle cables.
Windscreen wiper arm.
6 various spark plug connectors.
Rear red lense.
Glass domes for lights.
Highly attractive cream interior with period features
Upgraded with electronic ignition for ease of use
Sympathetically installed modern Kenwood radio/cassette player
Stepping into this TR2 is a charming experience. The low-sweeping doors and cream leather upholstery all act as a testament to a simpler time of what was surely a thrilling experience on the road. Thankfully, much of that evocative nature is kept in fine stead.
The leather seats are beautifully wrapped in plush-looking leather, which appears to have garnered only a slight patina. This continues beautifully to the simple but practical door cards, which boast a nicely mounted, lightly patinated chromework.
The dashboard is beautiful, with big bowl-dialed Jaeger instruments still sitting in their place in good working order, while the tactile switches and knobs are all present and correct. A modern Kenwood radio/cassette has been installed under the glove compartment, which is the only hint of changing times the car has been through.
The carpets present nicely, and the generous boot space looks good and solid, with no major faults we can find.
Highly impressive curvy bodywork with distinctive ‘face’ profile
Deep green paintwork with chrome trims
Interior-coordinated cream soft-top
From the distinctive ‘eyes and mouth’ profile to the car’s front, to the sweeping arches and pronounced boot, the TR2 is arguably one of the most distinctive Triumph cars, with an attractive period appearance that remains incredibly endearing.
With its deep green colour scheme, this example is beautifully presented, with a colour-coordinated soft top really completing the look. The original bodywork is straight and nicely presented, with smooth-looking paintwork and only a light patina to the chrome.
We can spot some very slight damage to the offside rear corner, right on the edge of the bodywork, but it does nothing to distract from the car’s fabulous condition, nor do the minor chips or exhaust staining to the rear’s lower extremities.
The headlight glasses and screens all look superb, and the cream soft-top is in excellent order with no rips or tears we can spot. All of the Triumph branding is resplendent, and a classic AA badge sits proudly on the centre of the car’s distinctive grille.
The car is sitting on period-accurate colour-matched wheels - which are real lookers, thanks to Triumph’s distinctive globe branding - and are shod in a good set of very clean, nicely-treaded Firestone tyres.
Underneath, the car proudly declares its lifestyle of luxury - we can spot very minor signs of wear, and it looks to be in superb fettle. The floors were all replaced with period-accurate stock during the restoration, and it really shows.
Powered by 1991cc Straight-4 engine
4-speed manual transmission
Subject to extensive rebuilt between ‘97 and ‘99
Unleaded petrol conversion
The Triumph 1991cc I4 is still quite a distinctive little engine, and provides plenty of speed for this distinctly nimble roadster. Popping open the bonnet displays a nice, clean engine bay that’s clearly benefited from the same level of care as the rest of the car.
We’ve been informed of no issues with the TR's mechanics, and from what we can see there are no visible signs of extensive corrosion, leaks or other issues. The vendor reports that it’s still driving beautifully.
It’s always a pleasure to see a car that’s been truly cherished at Car & Classic, and this beautiful example of a legendary British Roadster is a perfect ambassador. With sensible, unintrusive upgrades and a highly impressive history, there’s little more to ask from this superb car.
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