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Triumph TR6: Buying guide and review (1968-1976)

Triumph TR6: Buying guide and review (1968-1976) Classic and Performance Car
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The reason all Triumph TR6 customers wore polo necks was to conceal their cravats. But there’s no hiding the truth, and the sharp, chisel-chinned exterior of the TR6 masks a platform that was descended directly from that of 1953’s TR2. 
 
For all that, though, it had plenty for sporting drivers to love, particularly Americans – and it sold in far higher numbers than its predecessors. Today, it’s more affordable than any of the earlier TR Tweedsters, and it provides the hairshirt heritage in a package that’s easier to own. 
 
In essence, the TR6, with its six appeal and crisp à-la-mode styling, was the final flourish of the stout true-Brit TR tradition. At the Triumph TR6’s 1969 launch, The Autocar presciently declared it ‘the last of the real sports cars’. And it really was on its own, for there was literally nothing to compare with it in its price-performance class. Indeed, the most valid comparisons are with its Triumph ancestors, for it was the last of an evolutionary line of seat-of-the-pants TRs. 
 
The TR6 evolved by route of the Michelotti-styled TR4, and the TR4A’s independent rear suspension, then taking over the short-lived TR5/TR250’s smooth fuel-injected 2.5-litre six. It all sat in a hull reworked on a tight budget by Karmann, with an effective nose and tail face-lift; the centre section was unchanged. 
 
The TR6 isn’t the finest-handling sports car of its era, but many claim that it’s faster than an E-type on the wiggly bits. There’s also an elephant in the room in the form of the mechanical fuel-injection, which is prone to fuel vapourisation on a warm day, but that’s all part of the experience (and easily fixable these days, anyway). Just ensure you have a wicker picnic hamper so you can make out you intended to pull over while you wait for the pump to cool. A useful expedient is to make sure you keep the tank at least half full, which keeps the fuel reasonably cool. 
 
Which one to buy?
 
A total of 94,619 TR6s were built with 8370 finding homes in the UK. Currently there are 3398 licensed and 1218 SORN TR6s on UK roads. 
 
In its earliest Lucas fuel-injected form through to 1973, the TR6 delivered 150bhp and 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds, topping out at 118mph. Emissions legislation meant the US had to make do with twin Zenith-Stromberg carbs, 104bhp and 107mph, but it didn’t dampen enthusiasm. In 1973, fuel-injected cars were detuned to 125bhp. Stories about the system’s unreliability may have been true back in the day, but everything is fixable. The fuel pump will likely already have been swapped for a Bosch unit, eliminating most problems. 
 
The difference between the quoted initial 150bhp and the 1973-on 125bhp may seem alarmingly significant, but changes to the way power outputs were measured mean there’s little real difference. Alternatively, the injection might have been ditched in favour of sidedraught Webers or similar, which is fine, while the US-market cars came with twin Stromberg carburettors as standard, with less power.
 
Despite the antique separate chassis, albeit with rack-and-pinion steering and front discs, the TR6 was a hit, with 94,619 built through to 1976. Around 77,000 went to the US. Parts availability is almost at MGB levels (very good) and construction is as uncomplicated as it gets, with separate chassis and relatively simple body panels. Mechanicals are tough, easily fixed and uprated (much enjoyment to be had there). Overdrive makes a huge difference but wasn’t standard fitment until 1974, and a hardtop is useful as long as you can store it.
 
Performance and specs
 
Triumph TR6 (UK spec)
Engine 2498cc, in-line-six, 12 valve
Power 150bhp @ 5500rpm 
Torque 143 lb. ft torque 
Top speed 119 mph 
0-60mph 8.2 seconds
Fuel consumption 20-29 mpg (depending on specification)
Gearbox Four-speed manual overdrive
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2235mm
Length 3950mm
Width 1550mm
Height 1270mm
Kerb weight 1130kg
 
Common problems
 
Unless you find a low mileage timewarp car, a vehicle of this age will have been through its share of repairs and resprays, being an older British sports it becomes even more crucial to ensure that the bodywork is in good condition. There are a number of points to look at when assessing a TR6 so let’s dive in. 
 
• The most important thing to look for is rust. Bubbling paintwork usually means that there is a lot more danger lurking below the surface. Particularly vulnerable spots are the front quarter panels, behind the rear wheels, under the carpets in the footwells and in the engine compartment where various fluids may have removed paint allowing rust to set in. A professional respray is usually required at some point and it is well worth looking for a car that has had this done in the not too distant past. 
 
• The TR6 frame can rust around the trailing arms for the rear suspension and where the differential is attached to the frame. Issues here may indicate a very expensive repair and/or a frame replacement. 
 
• Overheating was a common concern and most cars would have had some type of aftermarket electric radiator fans fitted to combat this. Make sure your cars cooling system is in top condition before signing on the dotted line. 
 
• The electrical system is thankfully not too complex and has no major issues other than those caused by frayed wiring or damaged looms. 
 
• Engines are robust and long lasting, high mileage at this age is not a major concern, rather look for evidence of regular servicing. Thrust washers are one of the few weak points and getting a TR mechanic to give the engine a once over can save you a lot of headaches in the future. 
 
• Gearboxes are strong and a worn unit is quickly diagnosed by sloppy shifts or worn synchros. Overdrive on early cars could cause problems. 
 
• On a positive note, parts are widely available and joining one of the Triumph clubs is a good way to get to know the best suppliers and how to tackle the most common issues. 
 
Model History 
 
1968: TR6 launched 
1969: Carburettor fed TR6 launched in US 
1970: New disc wheel option, new inlet manifold on US spec cars 
1971: Fan upgraded from 7 to 8 blades 
1972: Compression lowered for European cars improving driveability 
1973: Minor styling and equipment changes 
1974: Interior trim changes 
1975: Bumper overriders introduced on US models 
1976: Last fuel injected TR6 built in February and last US spec TR6 built in July. A total of 94,619 TR6’s built in total, the best-selling Triumph at that date
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
- vintagetriumphregister.org
- www.tr-register.co.uk
- www.club.triumph.org.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
There it is, then: the TR6, a cashmere hairshirt par excellence. In terms of performance per pound there was really nothing to match it in its time, and today it’s an even better price-performance package. With a touch of chest-wig brawn, it’s not only more potent but also more attainable than any earlier TR, more refined and comfortable, too. 
 
It’s by far the easiest real TR to own, with virtually everything available, even Heritage bodyshells. It taps into the past while crossing a bridge to modernity. Around £13,000 gets you a good condition example with a reasonable service history, with £25,000 will get top condition car. Anything sub-£10,000 is likely to be marginal or an honest project, so be aware when looking at cheaper cars. Find a TR6 that has been well maintained, and you can enjoy some of the finest open topped motoring that reasonable money can buy. 
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Last updated: 19th May 2016
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  • Lot 397

    Triumph TR6

    £24,000 - £28,000 est. £24,000 - £28,000 est.
    Auction Date: 02 Jun 2018
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    • Mileage: 16236 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
    Auction Date: 02 Jun 2018
    £24,000 - £28,000 est. £24,000 - £28,000 est.
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  • Triumph TR6

    €27,900(£0) €27,900(£0)

    VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: The car was restored about 20 years ago, in 2016 and 2017 several improvements were made such as: - new Bosch fuel pump - new injectors - new injectors pipes and spark plugs - full servicing of air filtre, oil filtre, fuel filtre, brake pads, brake pipes - new electric system underneath the dashboard - radiator refurbished - periodic inspection expires in 2019 First italian registration and delivery, 4 ownerships since 1973. Injection engine and 4 speed gearbox with overdrive unit. TERMS AND CONDITIONs OF SALE We do not have the possibility to constantly update our prices and ads so it is possible that the selling price displayed may be changed. It is the burden of the buyer to verify all information, datas and inspect the vehicle before proceeding to purchase. We are able to supply any kind of documentation upon request. For further information we are at your disposal please contact us at +39 030/2411531 , mail to info@luzzago.com Visit our webpage www.luzzago.com TIPS We are able to delivery your purchase straight to you. Contact us for quote to your address. (also shipping too EU and Extra EU community)

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 53000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
    For sale
    €27,900(£0) €27,900(£0)
  • Triumph TR6 cabriolet 1974

    €34,950(£0) €34,950(£0)

    Triumph TR6 cabriolet 1974 overdrive Marvellous 1974 Triumph TR6 convertible. The car has the original livery colour combinations in Emerald Green with black interior. The 6 in line engine drives the rear wheels through the manual transmission with the original TR6 overdrive. This Triumph TR6 is in great condition, very reliable and offers a lot of driving fun ! Car has Californian title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1974
    For sale
    €34,950(£0) €34,950(£0)
  • Triumph TR6 cabriolet 1970

    €32,950(£0) €32,950(£0)

    Triumph TR6 cabriolet 1970 revised engine This is a 1970 Triumph TR6 convertible with the popular overdrive option. Paint in colour Midnight Blue with a black interior, wooden steering wheel and Minilite wheels. In 2017 the engine was fully revised in our workshop. Photoreport of the restoration is present. The car is in a very beautiful and good condition. Since 1991 the car is registered in Holland. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1970
    For sale
    €32,950(£0) €32,950(£0)
  • 1972 Triumph TR6 PI 150BHP

    £18,995 £18,995

    We are delighted to offer this RHD home market Triumph TR6 PI onto to the market. VBK 696K is a 150 BHP CP chassis number car that was supplied new in Sapphire Blue by Portsmouth Garages Ltd. The car was built on the 24th May 1972 and was supplied new with overdrive, tonneau cover, seat belts and heater. The car has come to us from a North Yorkshire based collector and over the past six years has fulfilled the purpose of being a completely reliable, very usable TR6. Over the past few years a fortune has been spent on mechanical work and whilst the body was restored many years ago, it does present well and has the looks of a car that can be used and really enjoyed. From the history file we can see the TR6 had a major body restoration back in 1987. The car was stripped to a bare shell and Triumph specialists Rimmer Brothers supplied various new body panels for the car. The front wings, inner wings, inner and outer sills were replaced and the car treated to a full re-paint on completion. The gearbox was removed and overdrive completely overhauled and various mechanical work was carried out. Since this major bodywork around 28,000 miles have been covered in the car. Moving onto the lat

    • Year: 1972
    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    For sale
    £18,995 £18,995
  • Triumph TR6

    £14,750 £14,750

    1971 Triumph TR6 150bhp fuel injected example Engine rebuilt at same time Overdrive, electronic ignition, good history Older restoration holding up well Probable low mileage Home market fuel injected 150bhp example, restored some years ago with engine rebuilt at same time, MOT record suggests less than 13,000 miles since then, body seems very sound, paintwork remains very good and car is running well with working overdrive and electronic ignition. Hood is very good also, comes with a good history file including MOTs back to 1994, making odometer reading of just over 82,000 miles highly likely to be correct. A hardtop is also available by separate negotiation. Price: £14,750 suitable for printing Mobile: 07711 509600 Email: mark@pioneer-automobiles.co.uk Phone: 01635 248158 Viewing: By appointment only Copyright ©2017 Pioneer Autos Ltd

    • Year: 1971
    For sale
    £14,750 £14,750
  • 1970 Triumph TR6 PI 150 BHP

    £29,995 £29,995

    We are delighted to offer this outstanding Triumph TR6 onto the market. VRW 897J is a genuine UK home market CP chassis number 150BHP car with overdrive and an interesting early history. The TR6 was built on the 7th July 1970 as a home market car, registered new with its current registration mark VRW 897J in Coventry and then exported under the Home Delivery Export scheme to the British Embassy, Rabat in Morocco. The TR6 is a matching numbers car and was supplied new with overdrive, oil cooler, laminated windscreen, tonneau cover, heater, seat belts and Kenlowe fan. The car has been with its last owner for 16 years and it comes with a comprehensive history detailing major restoration work. There are three significant years for the TR6, first of all 1985 when it was subject of a body off rebuild by West London classic car specialist British Sportscar Centre. The car spent the 1980's. and 1990's with one owner, a Doctor who was based in Fulham and later Putney before moving north to Cheshire in the 1990's. The next significant point in the cars history was a restoration completed by Cheshire based TR specialists TR Bitz in 1999 and after 18 years and just 5000 miles, in 2017 the car

    • Year: 1970
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    For sale
    £29,995 £29,995
  • Triumph TR6 2,5 Cabriolet

    €20,300(£0) €20,300(£0)

    Triumph TR6 2,5 Cabriolet Equipment: Fin og meget original bil mange nye dele monteret meget velkørende bil ring for info

    • Year: 1973
    For sale
    €20,300(£0) €20,300(£0)
  • Triumph TR6 Cabriolet 1975

    €36,950(£0) €36,950(£0)

    Triumph TR6 cabriolet 1975 overdrive, body-off restored This Triumph TR6 is fully body-off restored and provided with the beautiful original Mimosa Yellow (64) paint. The TR6 has alloy wheels and a black soft top. The revised 2498 CC engine has 3 new Weber carburators and is connected to the manual gearbox with overdrive. It really is a great car. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1975
    For sale
    €36,950(£0) €36,950(£0)
  • Triumph TR6 Cabriolet 1972

    €27,950(£0) €27,950(£0)

    Triumph TR6 cabriolet 1972 Sapphire Blue, Overdrive This marvellous Triumph TR6 was delivered with fabulous Sapphire Blue paint, a very nice combination with the chrome. The TR6 also has the original wheels with decorative rings. The softtop has dark blue cloth upholstery. This Triumph has the optional Overdrive which makes the car drive great. The Triumph has a beautiful interior with black leather and the original wooden dashboard. The seats have head-support which provides even more comfort. This Triunph is not only driving perfect, it also is a pleasure to see. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1972
    For sale
    €27,950(£0) €27,950(£0)
  • TRIUMPH TR6 2.5 PI 1973

    £25,950 £25,950

    Here we have a fine Triumph TR6, this time an older restoration but a superb car and well mellowed. Being a 1974 this is one of the last TR6's to be built, this particular car has overdrive, chrome wire wheels and a sports exhaust. Finished in the very pleasing colour of Pimento red with black trim the car is a real dazzler. Mechanically the car is great and drives extremely well the paintwork is near flawless with no rust anywhere. The car has a massive history file including photos and invoices of work completed over the years including the restoration. The hood is in excellent condition and the TR6 has a tonneau cover and a hood envelope, there is also a workshop manual and three different steering wheels.The car has just been MOT'd and is ready to go for the rest of the summer. The price also includes 3 months parts and labour guarantee.

    • Mileage: 97500 mi
    • Engine size: 2.498
    For sale
    £25,950 £25,950
  • Triumph TR6 Pi Cabriolet 1973

    €22,950(£0) €22,950(£0)

    Triumph TR6 Pi 1973 drivers condition This Triumph was delivered in 1973 with white paint (Triumph Pure White) and original TR6 wheels. The paint has some traces of use. The powerful injection engine is in good condition and is easy to handle thanks to the manual gearbox with optional overdrive. The Triumph drives very well and the black leatherette seats are very comfortable. The interior has the original wooden dashboard with original TR 6 steering wheel. When you are looking for a well driving TR6 Pi than this Triumph is a good choice. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1973
    For sale
    €22,950(£0) €22,950(£0)
  • 1973 Triumph TR-6 Roadster

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    (SOLD) This two owner, matching numbers TR6 Roadster has been lovingly cared for and always well maintained by a local British car specialist. In 2012 it had major service work performed which included items such as: body work and repaint in OEM Wimbledon White, a new interior and convertible top were installed, new tires & brakes added, rebuilt carbs, new master cylinder and clutch slave cylinder installed, new fuel lines and fuel pump installed, converted the original ignition system to electronic ignition, added a new battery, rebuilt the rear end, and replaced the left side rear trailing arm. There was a lot of other work done in 2012 as well, which we have receipts and records for. It was recently serviced by a local British shop that did a lot of the mechanical restorative work, and it has been driven less than 1,000 miles since all of the above work was completed. This car was one of the last TR6’ s built in August of 1972, according to its VIN#, but is titled as a 1973. She is clean, fresh, and reliable, and a lot of fun to drive. This could be your next daily driver, or you could easily take her to the next level, and make her a show winner.

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 68965 mi
    For sale
    POA POA
  • 1969 Triumph TR-6 Roadster

    POA POA

    This car has had a comprehensive restoration done by Classic Showcase to a show driver level. During the restoration process, the body was stripped to bare metal, the metal finished and fitted, and repainted in its original color, and color sanded and buffed to a spectacular finish. A complete, new interior was installed by Classic Showcase's master upholsterers, including seats, panels, carpeting, a convertible top, new windshield and door glass. The instruments were fully restored, and a new wood dash veneer was installed and finished. The engine, transmission, rear end, brake system, suspension were rebuilt by Classic Showcase master technicians. New bumpers were added to the front and rear, along with new trim and re-chroming, new rubber seals, a new set of tires, battery, and exhaust system. This car is a spectacular example, and ready to be driven, shown, and enjoyed by serious Triumph collectors and enthusiasts alike!

    • Year: 1969
    • Mileage: 82069 mi
    For sale
    POA POA