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1954 Triumph TR2



This 1954 Triumph TR2 is a vintage sports car with a low-kilometre odometer and remains largely original. Under the bonnet is a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which outputs 67kW (90hp) to the rear wheels. The car features a four-speed manual transmission. The odometer currently displays 7,615km.



Through the 1950s Standard-Triumph’s product was outdated and a failed buy-out of the Morgan Motor Company proved a blow to the car maker’s reputation. Off the back this rough period Sir John Black undertook to create an affordable sports car for the masses, intending to sell it in Britain as well as further afield in the United States. After the resulting Triumph 20TS concept was previewed to wide acclaim at the 1952 London Motor Show, Black asked British Racing Motors’ driver Ken Richardson to turn the concept into a production reality. The TR2 was released two years later with simple mechanical underpinnings, better styling, a longer sports car body and a more practical boot. This back-to-basics sports car proved extremely popular in the United States especially, and quickly became the brand’s best earner in-period. The TR2 is rare find on open market today, with cared-for examples like this car harder to find still.



With a red-painted body and a tan-colour cabin, this TR2’s specification turns heads. There are plenty of period-specific details such as the chrome exterior trimwork, plus the upholstery features white contrast piping. There is no obvious aftermarket modification made to this car and it retains its original colour combination. It does wear a series of historic badges commemorating its history. The car rides on a set of 15-inch hub caps wrapped in Power Star tyres.



This TR2 was built new by Standard Motor Company in Coventry, England. The current owner came to acquire this car from South Africa in July 2021, where it was then imported to Australia. While there is minimal documentation to detail its history, this Triumph displays a series of stickers and badges from historic car associations. The last service was completed in September 2021 where a clutch slave cylinder was replaced. It now runs in good stead and starts first time, every time,  according to the owner.



The exterior condition of this Triumph shows in fair order throughout. The red paintwork is still bright in most places, however some points of fade are seen on areas including the bonnet. The car is recommended to either receive a thorough detail soon, or a repaint in the future. Paint bubbles and cracks are seen around the leading edge of the bonnet and fenders, while chips are identified around various panel edges. Hub caps appear with a good chromed shine, while the tyres have a good amount of tread remaining.



The cabin displays in similarly fair condition though signs of use are seen on elements such as the seats, door cards, and carpeting. In particular, the seats have sagged with age and exhibit mark damage, while the vinyl appears to have weathered. Importantly the fabric appears to be largely in-tact. The dash array has fared well with time and the instrumentation shows subtle patina.



To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.



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