|1953 to 1955|
|Manufacturer||Standard Motor Company|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||1991 cc Straight-4|
|Wheelbase||88 in (2,235 mm)|
|Length||151 in (3,835 mm)|
|Width||55 in (1,397 mm)|
|Height||50 in (1,270 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,100 lb (953 kg)|
|Predecessor||Triumph TR1 / 20TS|
The Triumph TR2 is a sports car produced by the Standard Motor Company in the United Kingdom between 1953 and 1955, during which time 8,636 cars were produced.
The car used a twin SU carburettor version of the 121 cid (1991 cc) four-cylinder Standard Vanguard engine tuned to increase its output to 90 bhp (67 kW).The body was mounted on a substantial separate chassis with coil-sprung independent suspension at the front and a leaf spring live axle at the rear. Either wire or disc wheels could be supplied. The standard transmission was a four-speed manual unit, with overdrive available on top gear as an option. Lockheed drum brakes were fitted all round.
The TR2 was designed to challenge MG in the sports car export market to North America.It was also built because Sir John Black, the boss of the Standard Motor Company, made a bid for the Morgan Motor Company and failed. Triumph already made the Triumph Roadster, but it was out-dated and under-powered. Sir John Black wanted an affordable sports car, so he initiated a prototype to be built. The chassis was a shortened version of the Standard Eight's and the engine was the Standard Vanguard 2-litre, around which a two-seater body was created. Named the 20TS, it was revealed at the 1952 London Motor Show.
Black asked BRM development engineer and test driver Ken Richardson to assess the 20TS, and after he declared it to be a "death trap" a project was undertaken to improve on the design. A year later the TR2 was revealed. It had better looks; a simple ladder-type chassis; a longer body; and a bigger boot. It was loved by American buyers, and became the best earner for Triumph. In 1955 the TR3 came out with more power; a re-designed grille; and a GT package that included a factory hard-top.
TR2 Speed record car
A car with overdrive tested by The Motor magazine in 1954 had a top speed of 107.3 mph (172.7 km/h), and could accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 12.0 seconds. A fuel consumption of 34.5 miles per imperial gallon (8.2 L/100 km; 28.7 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £900 including taxes. The overdrive option had added £56 to the total.
The magazine also commented that the TR2 was the lowest price British car able to exceed 100 mph (160 km/h).
|Speed||Time||Time (overdrive version)|
|0–30 mph (48 km/h)||3.6 s||4.0 s|
|0–50 mph (80 km/h)||8.2 s||8.2 s|
|0–60 mph (97 km/h)||11.9 s||12.0 s|
|0–90 mph (140 km/h)||31.5 s||30.4 s|