15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 6

1955 Triumph TR2
No Reserve

Sold for £12,825

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 498 UYN
Chassis No: TS/6692-O
MOT: Exempt

  • Original right-hand drive example supplied new to South Africa
  • The subject of a five-page feature in Triumph World magazine (with copy accompanying)
  • Matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Believed to have rallied during some stage of its life

Triumph's TR Series began with the unveiling of a prototype at the 1952 London Motorshow. It was built around the chassis of the pre-war Flying Nine, the suspension from the Mayflower, and the engine out of the Vanguard. Its two-seater body was mounted on a substantial ladder-type chassis. The suspension was independent by coil springs at the front and a live axle and leaf springs at the rear. The newcomer's 1991cc four-cylinder Vanguard engine sported twin SUs and was tuned to produce 90bhp. Motor magazine's road test of a TR2 in 1954 achieved 11.9 seconds for the 0-60mph sprint and an ultimate speed of over 107mph.

Chassis number TS/6692-O (the O denoting the overdrive) was manufactured in the UK and then assembled in South Africa where the TR remained for some 60 years, and as a result, the metal body and chassis are in superb condition. The TR2 is suspected to have been rallied there due to the finned bonnet, spare fanbelt clipped around the timing chain cover, and enhanced radiator capacity. Repainted in Orange prior to being exported to Holland in 2005 the TR2 had one Dutch owner for 10 years, being driven extensively around Europe. Driven to England for the 2015 TR International weekend at Malvern it was purchased by the late vendor who entered it into the 2017 TR International Weekend Survivors group.

Displaying a delightful patina and retaining the rare chrome beading around the small mouth-nose cone, the TR2 has been subject to much mechanical improvement including a new alternator and renewed seat springs and seat upholstery in 2021. A matching chassis and engine numbers example, '498 UYN' was the feature of a five-page article in ‘Triumph World’ magazine (August/September 2017 edition). Offered with a history file which includes the original instruction book, a collection of invoices from the period in Holland and the UK, a copy of the ‘Triumph World’ magazine, older photographs of the car, a copy of a BMIHT Heritage Certificate, and current V5C document. Featuring aero screens, the original side screen frames for recovering (previously Fawn), and the Service Instruction Manual are accompanying.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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