Regis­ter’s TR2 re­vealed

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This week -

A stream­lined Tri­umph TR2 prototype used for break­ing speed records has been un­veiled by the TR Regis­ter af­ter a painstak­ing 11-month restora­tion.

The NEC Classic Motor show was the 1953 car’s first pub­lic out­ing since the 1970s, save for an ap­pear­ance in par­tially re­stored form at the Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Classic Car and Restora­tion Show back in March. The TR2, which has been re­stored by club ex­perts with the help of Moss Europe, is me­chan­i­cally stan­dard but has a metal ton­neau cover, belly pan and rear wheel spats to re­duce drag.

MVC 575 set a world record for twolitre pro­duc­tion sports cars at Jabbeke in March 1953 at the hands of Ken Richard­son. The car was dis­man­tled in 1976 ahead of a planned restora­tion, but was bought by a club mem­ber more than a decade ago and work be­gan on the car in Jan­uary.

Club press of­fi­cer Wayne Scott says: ‘I’m so glad it’s here at the NEC, as the re­ac­tion to it has been in­cred­i­ble. It’s a very special car in Tri­umph’s his­tory – it’s the car that orig­i­nally put the TR name on the map.’

BE­FORE The TR2’s first out­ing this year was at the Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Restora­tion Show.

AF­TER It now has a metal ton­neau, light­weight screen and wheel spats to re­duce drag.

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