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When Mark Macy of Macy’s Garage in Tipp City, Ohio recently re-restored a 1952 Triumph TR2 with commission number TS1/LO he found the word “Canadian” written in pencil underneath the door cappings. The reason, he learned, was because this particular car was made for the 1952 Toronto Motor Show. It was also the first Triumph TR model to come off the assembly line.
TR stands for “Triumph,” with the same abbreviation used on a series of different cars that lasted until the late 1970s. There were TR2, TR3, TR3A, TR4, TR4A, TR5 (Europe only), TR6, TR7 and TR8 models made over the years that the TR Series was produced. But there was only one first TR made and it was TS1/LO.
Car No. TS1/LO was used as a factory demonstrator for about a year after its debut in Toronto. It went through a couple of owners before a man named Joe Richards found it and gave the Triumph its first restoration. But Richards didn’t have the available resource of a well-established shop with the necessary equipment. He restored it to the standards of that time period.
Richardson eventually sold the car to Robert Smith, who lived on the Big Island in Hawaii. After four or five years, Smith sold the car to Dr. Phillip Hoopes of Salt Lake City. Hoopes wanted TS1/LO to be properly restored and Mark Macy got the job.
Macy’s Garage is a shop that specializes in TR2 through TR6 models.
“We do these cars exclusively,” Macy told THE SHOP while at the Vintage Triumph national meet in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. “We are a company of 10 people and we get cars from all over the U.S.”
When Macy’s staff started working on the historic Triumph, the members suspected that something was “going on” with the metal work and Hoopes agreed that it had to come apart and be done right. There were voids in the metal that needed to be corrected.
Macy’s shop had the tools and talent to get the car back to original condition. The restoration took fewer than two years.
“We were honored to work on this car,” Macy said. “All my guys made sure that everything we did maintained the history of the car as much as possible.”