For the true British sports car experience, it's hard to beat a
TR6. Stuffing a big inline-six cylinder under the hood does wonders
for performance, and it makes lovely sounds out on the open road.
At the same time, the TR6 retains that old world charm that even
the Miata wasn't able to duplicate despite years of scientific
research. No, there's just something special about British
craftsmanship and a car with a real wood dashboard.
This 1974 TR6 has been restored all out of proportion to its value. Someone spent quite a bit more than the asking price to make it look this good, but given the way these have been slowly inching up, perhaps the investment was warranted. The medium blue exterior is handsome and conservative, and looks the way a sporting two-seater should with handsome cut-down doors, a long bonnet, and that trademark upright windshield. The sheetmetal is in good order, not perfect, but clean and straight and wearing a red pinstripe that really sets it apart. The paint has a gloss that seems right for a vintage British roadster and you can see the quality throughout as the door jambs and inner fenders are just as nice as the bodywork. Other details like the early-style chrome bumpers, the trunk-mounted luggage rack, and the instantly-recognizable taillights are in great shape and someone has thoughtfully added a set of driving lights up front in the grille.
Most TR6s received basic black interiors, and that's what you'll find in this car. The patterns and the aftermarket wood steering wheel give it a very upscale feel that's more Jaguar than lowly Triumph. Add in the drop-dead gorgeous walnut dashboard that's been refinished well beyond the factory standard, plus a set of handsome white-on-black instruments, and this car starts to look like it's worth every penny of the asking price. There is no radio, but we suspect that you'll enjoy the soundtrack of the brawny six-cylinder engine even more than whatever passes for music today. All the gauges are working, the carpet isn't faded, and there's a bit of storage behind the seats that supplements the modest trunk out back. British roadsters were never famous for their foul weather capabilities, but this car offers a new black vinyl folding top with distinctive three-element rear window that's a TR6 hallmark, as well as a removable hardtop painted to match the body.
You can follow the blue paint under the hood, where you'll be delighted to see a neatly trimmed engine bay. The big 2.6 liter inline-six is smartly dressed with a painted valve cover and a pair of side-draft carburetors, all surrounded by that periwinkle blue paint that makes a fine backdrop. It fires easily and idles properly, and out on the open road, you'll be tempted to run it up to redline in every single gear just to hear the muscular six sing its baritone song. The carbs have been properly tuned and synchronized, delivering a smooth flow of power with no stumbling or flat spots, and the 4-speed gearbox with overdrive is a delight. Lots of new gear underneath, plus a new exhaust system, means you can own this TR6 with confidence, and it wears a set of recent 205/70/15 blackwall tires on beautiful chrome wire wheels.
You simply won't get more vintage fun for your dollar than this TR6. Where else can you get a six-cylinder 2-seat British roadster for the price of a used Honda? Call today!