Tuesday 17 February 2015

1954 Triumph TR2 Supercharged - FENDER BROAD

1954 Triumph TR2 Supercharged SAF424 is an early 'long door' car from 1954. Chassis number TS529 has led a remarkable life. Collected from the Canley factory by Dr CJF Coombs in February '54 the special sports specification ordered hinted at the sporting appetite of the Bristol Doctor. Further upgrades in '55 included Derrington Manifolds and Alfin Drums preceeded the installation of an Arnott Supercharger in 1957. SAF424 was hillclimbed and raced by Tommy Taylor amongst others through the fifties and sixties before ownership passed from father to son. Carey Coombs undertook a body off restoration of SAF424 including replacing the tired Arnott Supercharger with the Shorrock fitted to the car today. Passing out of the Coombs family ownership in the eighties to 3 other collector owners before the car arrived in our collection in 2007.
Since 2007 SAF424 has been the subject of a bare metal respray back to its original black. Previous owners had changed the external colour to white but left the engine bay, boot and floors orignal black. Therefore the car has a superb patina based around excellent external paint and panels and completely original engine bay. Mechanically the Shorrock Supercharger was completly rebuilt in 2009 with all new internals. The engine and overdrive gearbox are all in good order as are the 10" front and 9" rear Alfin Drum brakes
Critically the history file supporting the car is the most complete we have ever seen. A vast amount of supporting history including letters from the Allard motor company to Mr Coombs discussing the supercharger fitment all come with this car. Finally to bring the history full circle the car comes with photos of Carey Coombs and his son, the grandson of the original owner reunited with SAF424 in 2009 fully 55 years after Dr CJF Coombs collected this wonderful car from the Canley factory. 

Your chance to own a unique piece of Triumph history. A car for the enthusiast collector. Surely a rare and gilt edged investment
See below for the full run down of SAF 424 great past:
6th February 1954    First registered to Dr C.J.Franklin COOMBS, a regular pre-war hillclimber.   He famously crashed the Caesar Special as second car up on the inaugural Climb at Backwell Hill Climb on 17th August 1935:  As Light Car reported: “….snaking nastily and finally out of control…it approached the corner hopelessly fast and still steaming, as railway folk put it.  A slide, a half-roll and a crash….Fortunately the driver, CJF Coombs, was not hurt, but his two-litre Caesar Special was distinctly awry.  Amongst other things the extremely light front axle was in two pieces and, although an old flaw was disclosed by the fracture, it seems clear that the break was a result and not the cause of the crash.”  The car re-appeared the following year and raced as a single seater, became known as the “Kaiserwagen” belonging to the Fry cousins, and was last heard of in 1946.  “Doc” Taylor participated in the same event driving a 1200cc Morris,  both he and Coombs as members of the Bristol Motor Cycle & Light Car Club.  Coombs was also the original owner of “Sir Toby Belch” the original CAPA car in 1936, and sold it to Tony Taylor in that year or 1937 who kept it until 1950.
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