1954 Triumph TR2

$183.6M for Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
Saturday, 21 January - Sunday, 29 January
Sale Price
24 January 2023
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. TS1113L0. Red with black top over tan leather. 1991/90hp, 4-speed with overdrive, hub caps and trim rings, dual wing mirrors, boot cover, wood shift knob, tonneau cover.

Evaluation: Restored in the early 2010s. Originally finished in Ice Blue. Overdrive currently doesn’t work. Decent respray with some blemishes up front and chipping around the door edges. Lightly stretched leather but mostly lovely interior. Beautiful wheels and new-looking tires. Nearly spotless underbody. Restored to the standards of a cheap-ish British classic, and seemingly seldom driven since.

Bottom Line: The TR2 was Triumph’s first serious sports car play for the blossoming roadster market in the United States, and its mix of performance and affordability set the tone for Triumph sports cars all the way up until the company went bust. In its day, the TR2 was one of the cheapest ways to hit triple-digit speeds, bridging the gap between budget MGs and more expensive Jaguar XKs, and TRs filled many an early SCCA race grid.

TR2s are much rarer than the slightly more practical TR3 that replaced them (fewer than 9000 TR2s vs. nearly 75,000 TR3s) yet they’re typically worth only a few thousand more than their successors. This one sold for $31,763 on Bring a Trailer back in 2020, and it appears the winning bidder there enjoyed it for a few years , put 1152 miles on the odometer, and then just broke even at Barrett-Jackson. Fair deal.

by Andrew Newton
10 February 2023

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