*This is a translation done by a machine.
The TR series was a two-seater roadster model developed by Standard Triumph in Coventry, England in the early 1950's. TR was an acronym for Triumph Roadster.
When the prototype TR1 was unveiled in 1952, there were high expectations for its production. Standard decided to mass produce the TR2, which went into production in 1953.
Based on the ladder frame chassis already used in other models, it was born as a relatively inexpensive sports car with double wishbone front and leaf rigid rear suspensions, and a 2 liter straight 4 OHV powertrain with a 4 speed manual transmission. Like other British brands, it was a relatively inexpensive sports car. As with other British brands, the development of the convertible model was planned with the booming North American market in mind.
In 1955, it evolved to the TR3, and in 1957 to the TR3A. Despite their old manufacturing age, they are relatively easy to maintain and drive, suitable for competition and stable in price, so they have become a standard selection in the classic car world that has received wide support from beginners to veterans.
In 1961, the exterior design was commissioned to Carrozzeria Michelotti in Italy, while the basic mechanism was retained. With a wide tread, it is reborn as a modern roadster with a full wide body. The 2.1-liter version of the engine became standard equipment, while the 2-liter version became a free option. The steering gearbox is now rack-and-pinion, and the four-speed manual transmission is now fully synchronized.
In 1965, the TR-4A IRS, with semi-trading arms for the rear suspension, was developed to solve the problem of aging performance. In 1967, the TR5 (the North American version was the carbureted TR250) with a 2.5-liter straight-6 OHV and mechanical injection engine was also introduced.
The TR series was later transformed into the Cullman Design, and the TR6, TR7, and even the V8-powered TR8 were produced.
|Jun Nishikawa's Highlights!|
This is a car filled with the current owner's desire to enjoy a classic sports car in a more casual and carefree way.
To be honest, it's not in mint concours condition, let alone at the so-called restoration level. The body, which was repainted in the popular British Green color, has minor paint lifting in general and rust lifting on the front and rear bumpers and other chrome parts.
However, from a distance, the car looks very solid and does not look tired. A closer look reveals that the frame is very pretty for a Triumph of this age. The 2.1 liter engine, which was probably originally a Zenith Stromberg carburetor, has been replaced with a Mikuni Solex, with a one-off muffler, roll gauge, and Moto Rita steering wheel (not original), and a radiator that was designed to introduce heat. Indicating that previous owners focused on running rather than watching in a garage.
The current owner has further brushed up the basic driving functions. The brake calipers, hoses and pipes, and electromagnetic pump have all been replaced, and it looks like it will can enjoy it without doing anything for a while.
The engine started at once and ran smoothly. Due to the structure of the chassis, the ride was what I would call classic, but on the contrary, the feeling of driving a simple mechanism was refreshing and made me feel like I was enjoying a classic car. The soft top was probably renewed as well. The condition was excellent.
With the increasing value of classic cars, this car is likely to be a casual way to enjoy both the neat Italian styling of open-air motoring and the classic British sports driving. It will be an interesting introduction to the world of classic cars, as well as a regular machine for veterans to enjoy at any time.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Hidehiro Tanaka
Published on September 2021
|Year of Purchase||Dec 1988|