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Triumph launched the first model in its TR range in 1953, the
TR2.The TR2 was well received by the motoring press and it quickly established a strong
place in the British sports car market, this was the first model in a range destined to
stay in production for many years.
TR2 : THE NEW TR2: was built on an entirely new and stiffer frame, the
body was extended at the rear into a shapely box that enclosed the spare wheel and
provided lockable luggage accommodation, while the engine was refined to produce more
power making the TR2 a genuine 100 mph sports car. Not only that,it turned out to be a
surprisingly economical one as well. It was not uncommon to hear of owners claiming 30
plus mpg at sports car driving speeds.Ken Richardson took a TR2 to the Jabekke Highway in
Belgium and recorded an average two way speed of 124 mph! That was sensational for a car
of this size and type at the time.Laycock de Normanville overdrive, operating on third and
top gears, was offered as an optional extra as were wire spooked wheels. Initial
difficulties with road holding and braking were cured by fitting bigger rear brakes and
Michelin X radial tires were added to the options list.Triumph were well ahead of their
rivals in fitting these superior tires at the time. In the autumn of 1954 the doors were
shortened to give a stiffer body and to make it easier to open them without catching the
curbside.Triumph then became one of the first sports car manufacturers to offer an
optional extra detachable hard top. This beautifully styled item was made in glass
reinforced plastic (grp). The company, however,took a strange approach with the hardtop.
If you ordered the optional extra hardtop they assumed you wanted a coupe rather than a
roadster and the car was supplied without the folding roof.If you wanted a folding roof,
so the full benefits of the detachable nature of the hardtop could be enjoyed, you had to
pay extra for the folding top! THE TR2 took its first rally success in a Welsh event with
its first international success coming in the 1954 Rac-Rally There followed a string of
successes in the Mille Miglia and Alpine rallies.
TRIUMPH TR2 FRANCORCHAMPS : The
Francorchamps TR2" was manufactured by the Belgian Triumph importer
Imperia at Nessonvaux. Mechanically the car was similar to the TR2 but it had a hardtop
(glass panel) . Production from 1954 to 1956 A total of 22 pieces were manufactured .
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