1973 Triumph TR6
Older restoration in superb condition throughout; everything rebuilt; as good underneath as it is up top
The Swinging Sixties was a time of great social change in Britain and everything suddenly became more colourful and exciting once the dark days of rationing and austerity had faded to a distant memory in the rear view mirror.
Triumph got in on the act by revitalising its classic TR range in 1968. Sharp, clean and fresh, the TR6 looked much more modern than its predecessors, with aggressive front and rear end styling penned by Karmann of Germany, although the centre section actually remained the same as the TR4 and TR5.
For the UK market, the straight-six fuel-injected 150bhp 2,498cc engine also carried over from the previous TR5 model, although from 1973 it was changed for a milder 125bhp unit to meet stricter emissions regulations. In full-fat 150bhp form it could sprint to 60mph in 8.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 120mph. A huge sales success, more than 94,000 TR6s were built (90% of them to detuned US specifications), before it was replaced by the much softer TR7 in 1975.
First registered in September 1973, this superb UK market TR6 appears to have been restored twice, once in the early 1990s when the body/chassis were restored and again in 2020 which was mainly mechanical improvements. Old MOTs show that it only covered around 4,600 miles between the two restorations. The full extent of the work carried out is too detailed to list in full here but is amply covered in many invoices and notes on file.
The engine was rebuilt which included: bores honed; new piston rings; polished crank; all new shells and seals; head rebuilt with new valves, guides and cam followers; spin-on oil filter conversion; alloy rocker box; high torque starter motor; refurbished dynamo; full stainless steel exhaust including downpipe.
The cooling system was uprated with a high efficiency alloy radiator, multi-vane water pump and an electric cooling fan. The fuel system was rebuilt with a new metering unit, new high pressure Bosch fuel pump and a new alloy fuel tank. The heating system was overhauled along with all the electrical items. The gearbox was also overhauled along with the propshaft which has new Hardy Spicer joints. Brakes/steering/suspension were all fully rebuilt with many new parts.
The interior was fully retrimmed with new carpets, seat foams and covers, door cards, wheel-arch covers, walnut dash, MotaLita steering wheel etc. The bodywork is excellent and the car looks as good underneath as it does up top.
Said to drive as well as it looks, the car has certainly been starting promptly and running beautifully as we have moved it around on site, with good 60psi oil pressure. Kept in a heated garage by the current owner and used sparingly in fine weather only, this is one of the nicest TR6 models that we have seen and would sit well in any collection.
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