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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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  • Triumph TR6

    £17,000 - £20,000 est. £17,000 - £20,000 est.
    Auction Date: 23 Sep 2017
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    • Mileage: 4246 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
    Auction Date: 23 Sep 2017
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  • Triumph TR6 Cabriolet 1976

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Triumph TR6 cabriolet 1976, overdrive, Tahiti Blue This Tahiti Blue Triumph TR6 was delivered in 1976. This special colour was only available on the later TR6 models and is a great combination with the chromeparts. The interior has a wooden dashboard in good condition and black leatherette seats. The Triumph TR6 drives great and is even more comfortable thanks to the popular overdrive. This Triumph is ready for a lot of driving fun. Car has German title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1976
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  • Triumph TR6 Roadster 1973

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Triumph TR6 Roadster 1973 Overdrive, British Racing Green This fabulous 1973 Triumph TR6 Roadster was delivered in British Racing Green paint. A really marvellous combination with the chrome wire wheels and several chrome details. The Triumph has 3 double Weber carburators and the very popular overdrive option which makes the car drive great. The Triumph also has power brakes. The interior has the original dashboard with wooden steering wheel and original radio. The seats have black skaï which offers a lot of comfort. This Triumph produces a great sound and is ready for a lot of rides. Car has German 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: 1973
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  • Triumph TR6 Roadster 1970

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    Triumph TR6 Roadster 1970 in very good condition This fabulous Triumph TR6 has very beautiful Pimento red paint with chrome details. Technics fully checked in our workshop. The car has got new brakes and the powerful 6 cyl engine ist fully adjusted, therefore the car drives great. The interior has a beautiful wooden dashboard and black leatherette seats with head support, which are very confortable to make driving a pleasure. Car has USA 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: 1970
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  • Triumph TR6 1971

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Triumph TR6 cabriolet 1971 overdrive Good running and driving 1971 Triumph TR6 in British Racing Green. Car has the optional overdrive. Car looks nice and drives good. Car has USA 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: 1971
    For sale
  • Triumph TR6 1974

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Triumph TR6 1974 cabriolet overdrive in very good condition 1974 Triumph TR6 roadster. Both the inside and outside are in a very beautiful and well maintained condition. The 2498 cc 125 hp engine is in a very well maintained condition. This car has Minilite wheels, overdrive, bucket seats and a wooden steering wheel. A very beautiful car marvellous to drive. Car has Belgian 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: 1974
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  • Triumph TR6 1970

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Triumph TR6 1970 drivers condition with Holland mot/tuv 1970 Triumph TR6 convertible. The Triumph TR6 was built in Coventry, England between 1968 and 1976 and was the bestseller of the TR6 range. The car is in driving condition. The car has the original 2498CC 6 in line engine and manual gearbox. The car is in Holland since 1997. So a Triumph TR6 for hobbyists at a reasonable price. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1970
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  • Triumph TR6 Cabriolet 1971

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Triumph TR6 1971 cabriolet overdrive body-off restored 1971 Triumph TR6 convertible. Fully restored in 1997 and has driven only about 10.000 km since then. That is why this car is in a extraordinary beautiful condition. The car has beautiful paint in the colour British Racing Green and beige leater interior. Original 2498 CC 6 in line engine with 105 hp and manual gearbox with overdrive. The gearbox was restored in 2011. So this is a very beautiful Triumph TR6 ready for driving. Complete photoreport of the restoration is available. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1971
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  • TRIUMPH TR6 2.5 PI 1971

    £32,950 £32,950

    This is a 1 owner 1971 Triumph TR6 150hp with overdrive and only 65000 miles from new, matching numbers. The car was originally delivered to the owner new in Singapore to UK spec. The TR spent it's early life in Singapore being only used sparingly at weekends and special occasions. In December 1987 the car was repatriated when the owner moved back to the UK. Once again the car was used occasionally at the weekends and always in the dry. The car was stored in a heated garage. As the owner got older the car was used less and less until his demise in 2016. We purchased the car from his widow and although in outstanding structural condition it was clear that the car needed 'refreshing' and re-commissioning. ;We stripped the car down, removing the engine and gearbox and stripping the interior basically to a bare shell. On inspection it was clear that the TR6 had all it's original panels and had never been welded and there was no rust present. We re-finished the paintwork and serviced the engine, we replaced the clutch and flywheel which were balanced together with the balanced prop-shaft, which was fitted with new UJ's, we also replaced the brakes completely, fitted a new up-rated radiator and replaced various items under the bonnet, a new battery was fitted . We also serviced the engine and renewed the fuel lines. The TR also has its original factory hard top.;The interior of he car was re-fitted using the original seats and belts with renewal of the carpets only being necessary due to sun damage. The hood is original and in good condition as is the tonneau cover and hood envelope. We also fitted a new set of chrome wire wheels and tyres. We have a photographic record of this work which will be passed on to the new owner.;The end result is a TR6 that is both stunning to look at and in condition. The car drives extremely well with the overdrive working smoothly. This we believe is the only 1 owner Triumph TR6 to come to market in recent times, accordingly the car is not cheap, particularly with the level of work that we have undertaken and the cars excellent provenance. The Triumph will be sold with a new MOT. ;The car represents a blue chip investment for the discerning collector and must be the best TR6 available in the market today.

    • Mileage: 65000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.498
    For sale
  • 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
  • TRIUMPH TR6 2.5 PI 1973

    £25,950 £25,950

    Here we have another fine 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 just been MOT'd and is ready to go for the rest of the summer.

    • Engine size: 2.498
    For sale
  • Triumph TR6 2.5 PI

    £23,995 £23,995

    About this Triumph TR6 2.5 PI We are happy to be offering this 1973 Triumph TR6 finished in Mimosa Yellow with Black interior. The car is one of 8,370 UK cars produced and as such is fitted with the Lucas mechanical fuel injection system. The car is generally in excellent allround condition and drives very well, pulling strongly through all the gears and with the overdrive working as it should. The car comes with a factory hard top and a host of paperwork comprising of old MOTs and invoices for servicing and other work done over the years. This includes a top end rebuild in 2011 at which point the cylinder head was adapted to run on Unleaded fuel. With prices for these gutsy convertibles on the rise, we believe that this car will not only provide its new owner with lots of Summer fun but also represent very good value motoring.

    • Mileage: 8687 mi
    For sale
  • Triumph TR6

    £1 £1

    **NOW SOLD**. Thank you for all your interest. The TR6 is considered quite refined, for a sports car, featuring pile carpets on the floors and boot, plush-looking leather seats, a smart wooden dashboard and a full complement of instrumentation. Triumph’s TR6 also featured semi-trailing arm independent rear suspension, rack and pinion steering, 15-inch wheels and tyres, and disc brakes at the front with drums at the rear. This classic, 2.5 litre, six-cylinder sports car is regarded by some as the last true Triumph, and our car in vibrant Mimosa Yellow is a fine example of the marque. It is in exceptional order and boasts full black leather interior piped in yellow, black carpets, black hood, full tonneau, and is offered with the great-looking Boss-style steel wheels in really great order. Ours is a manual car with overdrive, and has the fuel injection system which has recently been refurbished. Its accompanied by a large history file, and is in exemplary order inside and out. Come and see and test for yourself….

    • Year: 1974
    • Mileage: 93000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
    For sale
  • TRIUMPH TR6 2.5 Injection 150HP 1971

    £32,950 £32,950

    This is a 1 owner 1971 Triumph TR6 150hp with overdrive and only 65000 miles from new, matching numbers. The car was originally delivered to the owner new in Singapore to UK spec. The TR spent it's early life in Singapore being only used sparingly at weekends and special occasions. In December 1987 the car was repatriated when the owner moved back to the UK. Once again the car was used occasionally at the weekends and always in the dry. The car was stored in a heated garage. As the owner got older the car was used less and less until his demise in 2016. We purchased the car from his widow and although in outstanding structural condition it was clear that the car needed 'refreshing' and re-commissioning. ;We stripped the car down, removing the engine and gearbox and stripping the interior basically to a bare shell. On inspection it was clear that the TR6 had all it's original panels and had never been welded and there was no rust present. We re-finished the paintwork and serviced the engine, we replaced the clutch and flywheel which were balanced together with the balanced prop-shaft, which was fitted with new UJ's, we also replaced the brakes completely, fitted a new up-rated radiator and replaced various items under the bonnet, a new battery was fitted . We also serviced the engine and renewed the fuel lines. The TR also has its original factory hard top.;The interior of he car was re-fitted using the original seats and belts with renewal of the carpets only being necessary due to sun damage. The hood is original and in good condition as is the tonneau cover and hood envelope. We also fitted a new set of chrome wire wheels and tyres. We have a photographic record of this work which will be passed on to the new owner.;The end result is a TR6 that is both stunning to look at and in condition. The car drives extremely well with the overdrive working smoothly. This we believe is the only 1 owner Triumph TR6 to come to market in recent times, accordingly the car is not cheap, particularly with the level of work that we have undertaken and the cars excellent provenance. The Triumph will be sold with a new MOT. ;The car represents a blue chip investment for the discerning collector and must be the best TR6 available in the market today.

    • Mileage: 65000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.498
    For sale
  • TRIUMPH TR6 - 1970

    £17,495 £17,495

    Finished in stunning Signal Red with contrasting immaculate black leather interior and red piping. Recent full service and MOT. Runs and drives beautifully. Great opportunity to own and use a piece of classic motoring history!

    • Mileage: 54000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.498
    For sale
  • 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
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  • 1969 Triumph TR-6 Roadster

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    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
  • TRIUMPH TR6 - 1971

    £9,250 £9,250

    Just arrived is this great Triumph TR6. This is a very solid, runs good with very good oil pressure. ;;All import duties etc are already paid by us.;;There are around 60 photos including the underside on our website www.nuneatoncarsales.co.uk. The paintwork is in good order with the exception of a small area on the NSR quarter. The trim needs a little tidying and the hood works fine, but could do with a new cover. ;;Priced sensibly, be quick to avoid disappointment.;;Our showroom in Hinckley is open 7 days a week. Any inspection welcome.

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  • TRIUMPH TR6 Manual Overdrive 1972

    £16,995 £16,995

    1972 Triumph TR6. Sapphire blue with black leather upholstery and a black hood. This Triumph was built at the Canley plant in December 1971 and dispatched in January 1972 to British Leyland Motors in Denver Colorado. The TR spent the first twenty years of its life in the US until it was repatriated from Califorina in 1992 when it was purchased by Mr Potts of Durham. During this ownership the car was completely restored and converted to right hand drive and eventually re-registered in the UK in 1998. The car still has the original twin carburettor setup as supplied when new. Over the years the car has been subject to various upgrades which include new high back seats, Spax shock absorbers, K and N filters and a Moto Lita steering wheel. We have a history folder with the car which contains lots of bills, invoices and some old MOT certificates. The Triumph drives just as it should with a strong engine, good oil pressure and a smooth gearbox with overdrive. A fresh MOT will applied upon sale. This Triumph is now ready to use and just waiting to be enjoyed in new hands. This is a vehicle that any enthusiast would be very proud to own and enjoy. Absolutely any inspection welcome. Please call us for any more information. All major debit and credit cards accepted. Delivery can be arranged.

    • Mileage: 77000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
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