As MG, Jaguar and others were finding much success in the emerging sports car market, Triumph and its parent company Standard felt that a competent Triumph roadster could do well, particularly in the United States where British sports cars were selling as fast as they were being built. What Triumph came up with was a basic but capable and fun roadster with low-cut doors, swooping envelope bodywork and a 90-horsepower version of the Standard Vanguard 1991 cc inline-four fitted with dual SU carburetors (over 30 horsepower more than the ubiquitous 1250cc MG) and a four-speed manual transmission. The TR2 was one of the cheapest ways to get to one-hundred miles per hour and above, and the car accomplished exactly what it was intended to do by establishing Triumph as a legitimate and respected manufacturer of sports cars. It established the tradition of the wildly fun and popular TR-series sports cars that lasted practically as long as the company itself.
This 1955 Triumph TR2 Roadster is from the last year of production, and received a full body-off, nut and bolt restoration several years ago. Finished in the appropriate British Racing Green, it has a black leather interior, black convertible top, chrome wire wheels, Lucas driving lights and dual wing mirrors. Showing just 937 miles since the restoration, this car has very good paint and a highly detailed engine compartment. A straight, clean and pretty example of the car that set Triumph on the path to become one of the most famous sports car makers of them all, it is perfect for any weekend drives, rallies or really any situation where the TR2’s responsiveness and sheer fun factor can be exploited.