High quality older restoration in fantastic colors. Strong-running 2.5 liter inline-6, 4-speed manual, correct redline radials. Full top with tonneau cover. Recently serviced and ready to enjoy!
This 1974 Triumph TR6 was nicely restored a few years ago and they stuck to the factory recipe. It has been driven a bit, so it isn’t perfect, but none of its joyous road manners have been diluted and in its current state, you’ll never hesitate to set out for the open road without a care in the world. That’s the advantage of the imperfect car—no worries. The color is called Rotterdam Blue, and it is indeed a correct TR6 color so it looks right on the sharp roadster bodywork. It was treated to a quality respray a few years ago, so it looks bright and crisp. The body panels are straight and don’t seem to have spent much life in an adverse climate, so the slab-sided bodywork lines up rather well. The TR6 was an evolution of the TR4, although a fairly comprehensive restyling by the designers at Karmann gives it a unique identity that’s extremely attractive. Triumph fans will quickly recognize the kick-up behind the doors as part of the TR4 look, but the handsome nose with twin headlights faired into the fenders and the kamm-back design of the tail panel make it totally unique. The car doesn’t have stripes or add-ons beyond the Union Jack decals on the quarters, which is one of our favorite features. As the last great British sports car, there’s no reason not to advertise. And the accessory trunk rack looks great while providing some utility, too.
The interior features brand new seat covers and fresh foam underneath, so they look great and are all-day comfortable. The door panels and carpets are also recent, and working with the black dash pad, steering wheel, and console, it all has a very cohesive look. The dashboard is made of real wood, not some plastic substitute, and all the original Smiths gauges are fully operational. The three-spoke wheel feels meaty in your hands and is big enough that you can toss the relatively lightweight TR6 around with ease, even without power assist. The 4-speed moves through the gates cleanly and clutch action is light, so it’s easy to snap it through the gears even in the heat of combat. Weather protection is decent, thanks to a recent black convertible top as well as a black boot and full tonneau cover. There’s an upholstered parcel shelf behind the seats as well as a decent-sized trunk with the spare tire stashed underneath. It’s also big enough to make this a good car for a weekend getaway.
That’s all nice, but the real reason we like the TR6 so much is the burly 2.5-liter inline-6 under that long hood. Remember, we’re talking about a very small car, so don’t be fooled into thinking that this isn’t a performer with just a six-cylinder engine. It has been recently rebuilt to stock specs and yes, dual carburetors were standard equipment. There’s a modern alternator up front, as well as a Pertronix ignition system in the original distributor, so it lights off easily with just a little choke, and these big-bore British sixes have a sound like nothing else. There’s a big hit of torque available at almost any speed and while it isn’t a high-RPM screamer, you will enjoy running it through the gears and listening to the baritone howl of the exhaust. Detailing is quite good and there are a lot of new parts to be found under the hood, so it’s ready to go. Underneath you can see that the restoration was comprehensive, although there are now some signs of use. There’s no structural rust, the floors are ultra clean, and the hardware is 100% functional. The 4-speed manual transmission has crisp action with a light clutch, and the rear end has been serviced as well. The exhaust system is correct with proper mufflers and resonators, as well as quad exhaust tips that just look cool. The all-independent suspension makes for a very competent little sports car and this TR6 never seems to plant a tire wrong. The limits aren’t like a modern performance car, but you can use 90% of this car’s performance without endangering everyone else on the road. The torquey six makes shifting purely optional and the front disc brakes are quite good considering the car’s featherweight curb weight. Factory steel wheels wear bright trim rings and hubcaps, along with a set of correct 185R15 redline radials that fill the fenders properly.
Designed for fun and only fun, the TR6 is on our short list of cars to buy and hold. Earlier cars like the TR3 and TR4 (never mind the TR250, which has already skyrocketed) are seeing big gains in the market and we’ve seen time and time again that a high tide tends to float all the boats. These awesome sports cars can’t be this affordable forever and we’d argue that the TR6 is the best-driving of them all. This is fun on wheels, nothing more and nothing less. Call today!
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