Triumph TR by Bill Piggott
Hardback, 160 pages. From the fast and relatively primitive TR2 to the even faster and almost luxurious TR6, Triumph TRs are cars for the enthusiast: cars to be enjoyed and driven hard; cars in which to travel far and fast; cars capable of major competition success. All the TR models offered a unique combination of speed, durability, economy, practicality and sheer good value for money, virtues which enabled more than a quarter of a million examples to find buyers in the 1953-1976 period. This legendary ruggedness has ensured that a large percentage of the TRs built survive today, to delight both long-term owners and a new generation of drivers. The Triumph company had an excellent sporting heritage, stretching back to the early 1930s when Donald Healey drove Triumphs in international rallies, and culminating in the production of the fabulous straight-eight Dolomite two-seater. The 1953 TR2 took up this sporting mantle, almost its first act being to achieve 125mph on a Belgian motorway, an amazing speed for a 2-litre production car 50 years ago. Competition success rapidly ensued for the new sports car worthy of the name and the TR series never looked back.