When it launched the TR2 in March 1953, Triumph was onto a winning formula. Simple and rugged yet with good and reliable performance at an affordable price, the TR2 was everyone''s ideal sports car. Its robust steel chassis featured independent front suspension with a live rear axle and all round drum brakes, while power came from a modified Standard Vanguard engine. Producing 90bhp at 4,800rpm, the 1,991cc four cylinder unit could propel the TR2 to a top speed of 103mph.
In October 1955 the TR2 was replaced by the TR3, essentially the same car but now with 95bhp courtesy of larger SU carburettors and inlet ports, visually it differed in having an egg box grille, stainless steel strips along body panel joins and the option of an occasional rear seat. The only mechanical change occurre