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*Please note that this car is titled by its engine number.
In the early 1950s, the sports car market at home and abroad was dominated by the MG built by British Motor Corporation. In 1952, Standard Motor Company launched a svelte sports car prototype, dubbed the 20TS, to succeed its own Triumph Roadster. A year later, the updated and vastly improved TR2 debuted on a ladder-type chassis with a longer body and the four-cylinder, twin SU carbureted Standard Vanguard two-litre engine.
The TR2, with its endearing small mouth, low beltline, and £900 sticker price, became the darling of the sports car market. When tested by The Motor magazine in 1954, the TR2 was recorded as achieving acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 12 seconds with a top speed of 107.3 mph, making it the lowest priced British car able to exceed 100 mph.
This gorgeous example of a TR2 was one of the last examples made and appears today in its original factory color of red with light leather interior. It is believed that the car lived its entire life in California until its current owner purchased it seven years ago. The Triumph was then painstakingly restored by Boxweed Auto Restoration of Georgia, a reputed atelier with over 45 years of experience in restoring classic cars to show-quality condition. All the bodywork, interior, paint, and mechanical elements underwent restoration that concluded a year ago, and the TR2 has been driven less than 400 miles since it left the shop. Accompanying the sale of the car are its proper side curtains.
Only 8,636 TR2s were built between 1953 and 1955 and, of these, only a handful still exists today, let alone in this lovely state. This car is not only a matching-numbers example, but it has the dates stamped on all electrical components and features the correct fasteners, clips, and finishes as used by the factory in 1955.
This charming TR2 with its stunning color combination is ideal for the collector desiring a top-notch roadster as well as one of the rarest models of the TR bloodline.