Wed, 20th Apr 2016 13:30

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 12

1954 Triumph TR2

Sold for £34,312

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: FMS 858
Chassis No: TS349
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- Nut and bolt restoration completed by Triumph specialists Northern TR Centre in 1994

- Recorded history having only 3 family private owners

- Matching numbers vehicle

- Rare features include aluminium bonnet, cranked gear lever, 'ultra rare' metric trim on dash and door cards, early design rear light assemblies and original tools with early jack and starting handle

This early 'long door', matching numbers TR2 is finished in the rare original hue of Geranium matched to Blackberry-coloured leather interior trim and weather equipment. Of its 62-year history, it has been registered for the road for a mere 17 and has numbered just three family private owners, all known to each other and from the same community. It was the subject of a full body and mechanical nut and bolt restoration in 1994, courtesy of the renowned Triumph specialists, the Northern TR Centre. The total mileage stands at 52,655, just 360 of which have been accrued since the completion of the refurbishments. The car has nevertheless been maintained in show condition and full working order and stored in a heated garage as part of a small private vehicle collection.

The emphasis of the restoration was to retain and refurbish as many of the original parts as possible, thereby maintaining the car's impressive provenance. Rare features include the alloy bonnet, cranked gear lever, 'metric' trim of the facia and door cards, early design of rear light assemblies, and the original tools with early-style jack and starting handle. The Blackberry trim is matched by Wilton quality carpets and full set of period-correct weather equipment, including tonneau and hood stick cover.

The Triumph is eligible for the Historic Mille Miglia and has featured in TR books by both Bill Piggot and David Hodges. Post restoration, 'FMS 858' has won awards in regional classic events and is considered by the vendor to possess 'excellent' bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, engine and transmission, and to be at least a '95 point' car by the concours judging standards of the Triumph Register of America. Recently treated to a new battery and tyres as part of ongoing maintenance, it is being offered complete with the original buff log book, driver's handbook, photographic records of the restoration, a substantial file of invoices and represents a rare opportunity for serious Triumph collectors everywhere.

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