FOR SALE

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1955

TRIUMPH TR2

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Ex-Factory / Le Mans Development Car

As detailed in Bill Piggott's book; Triumph by Name - Triumph by Nature

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Following the success of privateers in the 1954 Le Mans 24 hour race,

the Triumph factory decided to enter a works team at the 1955 event.

Four cars with consecutive were registered in early 1955.

PKV 373 - PKV 374 - PKV 375 - PKV 376

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PKV 374, 375 and 376 were the cars intended to race at Le Mans and were so prepared in the traditional British Racing Green and equipped with wire wheels.

PKV 373 was the factory development car to be used on the road and/or track in testing various permutations of experimental Dunlop and Girling disc brakes along with various engine and other modifications. To avoid attention, a less conspicuous Signal Red was chosen and the car fitted with pressed steel disc wheels, behind which disc brakes would less likely be spotted by inquisitive on-lookers.

Despite being overshadowed by one of the worse motor racing tragedies in history, the Triumph team of cars performed almost faultlessly during the race, the fastest of which averaged nearly 85mph over the full 24hours.

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It would appear PKV 373 was later sold off by the factory, clearly with various development parts still fitted and as mentioned in Bill Piggott's book, correspondence from a previous owner makes interesting reading. In the 1960s the car remained fitted with disc brakes and the owner at that time realised the car was something unusual being much faster than other similar cars and  able to reach a genuine 120mph in overdrive.

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During the 1980s PKV 373 was purchased, stripped and restored by a pre-war and vintage car enthusiast, thereafter only to be used for short period of time by his daughter.

Minimal rust limited to one jacking point was found during a full body-off chassis rebuild.

Importantly, the body and chassis are believed to be the original.

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The car has been unused, unseen and dry stored for many years.

Only myself and one other owner since the 1980's.

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Recently unearthed and refreshed, this car is now for sale.

The engine runs beautifully with good oil pressure.

Chassis remains in excellent condition.

Body and paintwork is old, but presentable.

Interior trim looks mostly original and is in very nice condition

Weather equipment is good and very usable.

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To be sold in running and driving condition.

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Quite obviously this car has no actual competition history of it's own.

Even so, PKV 373 must be considered a "sister car" to the three actual cars which competed at Le Mans in 1955. Clearly this car's provenance will help gain, if not guarantee selection into the prestigious events including Classic Le Mans, Goodwood Revival and the Mille Miglia.

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Price:- 85,000 -(UK Pounds)

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Part exchange considered

but no offers thank you.

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contact:- jim@historique.co.uk

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Car located in Chelmsford, England.

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