A few years ago a regular Megatyre customer approached us about a 1955 Triumph TR2 Roadster he was restoring. It’s a body off restoration and he needed a set of tyres so he could get the chassis mobile. Cross ply tyres were original fitment on these cars with size 165 80 15 being the closest radial tyre equivalent; motorists with a fetish for originality could probably track down new cross plies, but they really would be awful on the road compared to modern steel belted radials.
Fortunately Hankook make their Optimo K715 pattern in size 165 80 15 which appealed to the vehicles owner because of Hankook’s great reputation and the K715’s conservative looks. The K715 is not one of Hankook’s super modern high tech patterns but it is a firm, hard wearing, high mileage tyre, so it should be particularly well suited to this application. We mounted and balanced 5 tyres which the owner took away and fitted on the chassis.
Two years later the owner brought the rolling chassis around to Megatyre for us to have a look at progress, its looking great. Not everyone would agree, but the TR2 has been fitted with a Toyota gearbox and a Mini steering rack for ease of use and in respect of the gearbox, greater strength. The original parts have been saved in case a future owner wants to refit them. The Mini tie rods are too long, so our customer is going to make changes and will then come back for a wheel alignment. He wants to make sure the chassis is straight before he bolts the now restored body back on. Amazingly our new Italian wheel aligner has got full wheel alignment specifications for this rare 1955 TR2!
Interestingly, the TR2 arrived on the Megatyre forecourt at the height of the recent power blackout when Anzac Road was full of fire engines and Vector linesmen. One of the firemen strode across the road and said “Triumph TR2” which really floored me, like who would even know it was a TR, let alone a TR2, TR3 or TR4! Well mystery solved, he owns one!
8,636 Triumph TR2’s were made between 1953 and 1955 with many of them being exported to the USA. These cars are powered by the twin card four cylinder Standard Triumph motor tuned up to 90 bhp. Most TR2’s were delivered with wire wheels but some had steel rims like our customers car.