2021 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
Lot
138

1955 Triumph TR2 Roadster

$57,000

Melbourne

Sold

Specifications

Engine 1991cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual + O/Drive
Body Work Coupe
Colour British Racing Green
Interior Red
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel with hubcaps
Brakes Drum/drum

Description

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Standard’s Triumph Roadster of the late ‘40s was both outdated and under-powered.  Then company boss Sir John Black tried to acquire Morganat the time  but failed, and instead encouraged a prototype two-seater to be built on a shortened Standard Eight chassis and powered by the Vanguard’s 2-litre four cylinder. The resulting Triumph 20TS prototype was revealed at the 1952 London Motor Show and after further development so became Standard’s much desired ‘affordable’ sports car, the Triumph TR2. The new TR2 came standard with a 121ci (1991cc) four-cylinder in-line-four engine, fitted with twin H4 type SU carburettors, and tuned to increase its output to 67kW. As was standard practice in period, the body was mounted on a separate chassis with coil-sprung independent suspension at the front and a leaf spring live axle at the rear. The transmission was a four-speed manual unit, with optional top gear overdrive, while Lockheed drum brakes were fitted all round. Either wire or disc wheels could be ordered. Only available in roadster form, 8636 TR2s were produced between 1953 and 1955, and the model enjoyed particular success in America. It was replaced by the TR3 in 1955.