1955 Triumph TR2 Works Race Car

Engine No. 771616TS
Sale Price
Lot Number
Older Restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. TS55340, Engine No. 771616TS. Dark green with red nose over tan leather. 1991-cc L-4, 4-speed manual. Center-lock wire wheels, Dunlop disc brakes, long-range fuel tank, aero screens, driving lights, tonneau cover, tan hardtop with light on top, tools.

Evaluation: Older restoration | One of three works TR2s brought to Le Mans in 1955. Driven by Ninian Sanderson and Bob Dickson, it was the best placed of the three in 14th overall (fifth in class), ahead of its teammates in 15th and 19th places. Restored within the past 15 years with a replacement frame (the original frame is included). Sorted recently, as the consignor had planned to bring it to Le Mans this year. Small scratch on the front left bumper and another on the left rear bumper. Small cracks on the hood and passenger’s-side door. Small dent on the left side of the hood. Small scratch in the front middle of the hardtop. Good interior. Tidy engine bay and underbody. A historic racer—and a dream car for Triumph fans—but the use of a replacement frame obviously isn’t ideal. Located in Austria.

Bottom Line: Something of a bargain compared to the car’s 19th-place teammate, which sold at auction in the United Kingdom last November for a record £258,750 (about $331,000 at the time).

by Hagerty Editor
20 August 2020
Valuation Tools

See how much your car is worth.

Get current values, historical values, model history and more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More on this topic

Hagerty Insider Newsletter

Your weekly dose of auction reports, market analysis, and more.

Thank You!
Your request will be handled as soon as possible
Hagerty Insider Newsletter
Your weekly dose of auction reports, market analysis, and more.
Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
Hagerty only assigns condition ratings to vehicles we can inspect in person or, for online listings, via high-quality photography.