1975 Triumph TR6
The Triumph TR6 (1968-76) is a sports car built by British Triumph
Motor Company between 1968 and 1976. It was the best-seller of the
TR range when production ended, a record subsequently surpassed by
the TR7. Of the 91,850 TR6's produced, 83,480 were exported; only
8,370 were sold in the UK. The bodywork was generally similar to
the TR4/TR5, but the front and back ends were squared off,
reportedly as a result of a consultancy contract involving Karmann.
With just a seven year production span, the TR6 grew to become a
true British classic. The frame, engine, running gear, body tub and
doors were similar to the Michelotti-styled TR5 (TR250 in the US).
The front and rear of the car was restyled by Karmann of Germany,
though one source claims the new squared-off Kamm tail design was
from an unrelated Michelotti prototype. A new removable hardtop was
Born in jolly old England and now gracing the West Mallway of our
Hallowed Halls we offer for consignment a Triumph TR6 right out of
the 1975 model year. A boxy design, tall tires, long bonnet, short
square boot, rectangular rear lighting, vinyl seats, a veneer wood
dash, Lucas electrics, Stromberg carburetors and a zippy 6-cylinder
engine, all go into making the TR6 a true British Sportscar.
Mostly straight mostly rust-free steel panels with good gaps adorn
this car with some evidence of body work, touch ups and a few dings
on the lower valances. Bathed in white, one almost needs to wear
shades when viewing it inside or out. Thin chrome bumpers sans
their black bumper overriders adorn the front and rear of this car
and a correct chin spoiler is seen in the front. Badging is
correct, and the rear of the car is satin black with chrome trimmed
wrap around tail/turn/reverse lights seen at the outboard corners.
The convertible top, in black, presents with a few tears toward the
rear and overall minor wear and the plastic rear window is
beginning to show the first signs of hazing. The center hubcaps and
trim rings adorn the drilled steel wheels on all 4 corners and are
shod in deep treaded blackwall rubber.
A wood dash with only a few light scratches in the veneer stretches
across the inside of the car and is surrounded by padded black
vinyl. Essential instrumentation is seen in front of the original
steering wheel, and are of course Smiths brand, which was a staple
of 1970's Triumphs. Saddle vinyl buckets with smooth bolsters and
tuck and roll inserts have just the right amount of age wear float
in a sea of low pile brown carpeting with saddle piping and an
adequately sized storage area is behind these seats. Saddle vinyl
door panels cover the door and are looking just fine with their
chrome handles and obligatory map pockets. Between the front
buckets is the parking brake lever and just ahead of the decidedly
British wood knob topped shifter is an aftermarket AM/FM/CD stereo
An inline OHV 6-cylinder circa 1969 having 152ci, 2.5 Liters for
those using the Metric system, is fed by 2 Zenith Stromberg single
barrel downdraft carburetors. On the back of the mill is a 4-speed
manual transmission and putting the power to the ground is a rear
axle weighing in with a 3.80 ratio.
The frame and underside are very clean, and some surface rust is
present. A strong gloss black painted frame proves the support for
the black rust-free flooring. Areas of chip off of the floor paint
reveals a reddish/orange hue underneath. A header feeds down to the
dual exhaust piped single muffler exhaust system. Front disc and
rear drum brakes provide the stopping power. Front suspension is
independent with coil springs, unequal-length A-arms, telescopic
shock absorbers (plus anti-roll bar for TR6), and the rear consists
of independent coil springs, semi-trailing arms, lever-arm shock
absorbers. All well restored and looking spit spot!
A test drive in this Triumph was a blast from the past as this
writer owned this very same car. This TR6 runs smoothly, although
had to be choked just a bit for smooth idle until the engine warmed
up. The transmission shifted up and down smoothly and the braking
was adequate. The only frown that crept up during the drive was a
nonfunctional tachometer which our consignor had noted and also
that he removed the drive cable. Always a snappy handling car, it
brought back good memories. Some wind in your hair, and the throaty
exhaust sound goes a long way to calm the soul.
No invasive rust to be seen, very nice crisp white paint, a clean
interior with a slightly torn but otherwise nice top, and a 6
popper with dual Strombergs you are tooling in British style from
1975, courtesy of Michelotti design. All that's left to say is
cracking good show aye what?
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barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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