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Triumph

TR2 Jabbeke Record Car, 1953

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Make
Triumph
Manufacturer
Standard Motor Company Ltd.
Location Made
Coventry
Accession Number
2019-56-1
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
4 cyl, 1991 cc, 90 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
125 mph (201 km/h)
Body Style
Sports
Price When New
not quoted
Materials
metal, rubber, plastics, glass, textiles
Dimensions
3871mm (l), 1448mm (w), 1120mm (h)
Location
Museum

To prove the sports car pedigree of TR2, a world beating speed record was devised. The smooth surface of the new Jabbeke highway in Belgium was a favourite spot for speed trials; Austin Healey, Jaguar and Sunbeam all tried their luck there against the clock.

MVC 575 was readied for the challenge in May 1953. Modifications included wheel spats, an undertray, a streamlined cockpit cover and a small aero windscreen.

The first attempt was a disappointing 105 mph. It was soon discovered that a loose spark plug lead meant the car was only running on three of its four cylinders. With some quick repairs, the Triumph set out again, reaching a class record speed of 124.889 mph.

Adopt this car for £100

Adopted by:

Wayne Scott from the TR Register

Edwin Tiben from Club Triumph Holland