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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 LHD

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    Solid car arriving soon from the USA.

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  • 1971 Triumph TR6 with 150BHP Fuel Injection Engine

    £29,950 £29,950

    Original UK Right Hand drive car Last owner for 30 years and restored to a very high body off standard with supporting photographs and invoices. Upgrades include: Bosch fuel pump and unleaded cylinder head GAZ adjustable shock absorbers Strenghthened diff mounting case Correct green water hoses Aeroquip hoses SAH Stage 2 Stainless Steel Exhaust System

    • Year: 1971
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  • Triumph TR6 2,5 Cabriolet

    €27,100(£23,525.51) €27,100(£23,525.51)

    Triumph TR6 2,5 Cabriolet Equipment: Meget fin restaureret kørt 5000 km siden renovering billeder af renovering skal ses flot farvekombination ring for info

    • Year: 1974
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  • Triumph TR6 2,5 Cabriolet

    €33,800(£29,341.78) €33,800(£29,341.78)

    Triumph TR6 2,5 Cabriolet Equipment: Original PI Total restaureret Billeder af Restaurering Overdrive dette unikke køretøj skal opleves Live ring for info

    • Year: 1973
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  • TRIUMPH TR6 2.5 Injection 150HP 1 Owner from new 1971

    £39,950 £39,950

    1971 Triumph TR6 finished in Sapphire Blue with black trim and chrome wire wheels. 1 Owner from new and only 65000 miles, unrepeatable provenance. ;This car was purchased new in Singapore by it's English owner to UK spec, where it resided for the early part of it's life, the car only being used sparingly and at weekends. In 1987 the owner moved back to the UK with the TR6 where it has been garaged and again only used sparingly by the owner. Unfortunately in recent years due to the ill health of the owner the car was only used very occasionally, but understandably he was reluctant to part with his beloved TR6. ;Last year sadly the owner died and we purchased the car from the family. The TR6 was in truly outstanding condition, with no rust whatsoever, although understandably was cosmetically a little tatty in one or two areas, particularly under the bonnet. We made the decision to take the car apart and re-finish it, thus bringing it back to the condition it deserves. We have of course replaced one or two parts, mainly rubbers, fitted new brakes and a new clutch, as well as certain service items, the seats and hood are original but we have had to replace the carpets. We have also treated and waxoyled the underside of the chassis and injected where necessary to preserve the car.;We have of course have recorded this whole process with pictures both before and while this work has been carried out. The end result is quite spectacular now the car is very nearly completed.;To find a rust free one owner TR6 from 1971 is of course extremely rare, this indeed may well be the only example available with this provenance, accordingly the price required is substantial, not only reflecting the condition, but also the outstanding provenance of this TR6. ;We expect this car to be completed and available to view during March 2017.;Please call to confirm.

    • Mileage: 65000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.498
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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
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  • 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 British Racing Green very good condition This is a very good condition 1970 Triumph TR6. Car is in British Racing Green. Re-painted 6 months ago. Technics in very good condition. Car runs and drives great as a TR6 should do. Car has Belgium title. 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 Cabriolet 1975

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Triumph TR6 Cabriolet 1975 in very good condition Minilite wheels 1975 Triumph TR6 in colour Signal Red. Interior and body are both in a very beautiful condition. The 2498 cc 6 cyl 105 hp engine in this English roadster is in a very good condition also. The car has Minilite wheels, wooden steering wheel and a beautiful wooden dashboard. A very beautiful, fantastic driving TR6 in a marvellous colour combination.

    • Year: 1975
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  • Triumph TR6 PI Cabriolet 1970

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    Triumph TR6 PI 1970 150 HP, european version, midnight blue, topcondition 1970 Triumph TR6 PI convertible. This european version is in Holland since 1999 and is beautifully restored. Both the in-and outside are in topcondition. Paint in colour Midnight Blue, original wheels and a black interior with woodparts in the dashboard and wooden steering wheel. The car has the original 2498 CC 6 in line injection engine with 150 HP. Drives really great with a marvelous sound of the 6 cyl engine. 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 1969

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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 1969 in good condition The Triumph TR6 is a 2 seat english sportscar, built between 1969 and 1976. This early car is a 1969 Triumph TR6 convertible. The first models had the TR4 caracteristics and the engine power was higher than the later models had. The car has beautiful blue paint and his original wheels. The interior has luxurious seats and a wooden steering wheel. The paint, interior, cabriotop etc. are in a beautiful and good condition with some traces of use. The 2489 CC 6 in line engine doesn’t only make the car drive great but also gives it a marvelous sound. The car also has a wooden dashboard, wooden gear shift and a black tonneau cover. 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: 1969
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  • Triumph TR6 Cabriolet 1974

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    Triumph TR6 1974 Roadster in beautiful and very good condition 1974 Triumph TR6 convertible. In Holland since 1992 with only 1 owner. The car is in a beautiful restored and well maintained condition. The blue paint, chrome, interior etc are marvelous. The car has the original 2498 CC 6 cyl engine with a 4 speed manual gearbox. This combination makes the car drive great with the beautiful 6 cyl sound. The car also has extra chrome bands, black soft top, original TR6 wheels and woodinlay in the dashboard. The car is fully ready for driving. 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: 1974
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  • Triumph TR6 Cabriolet 1973

    €24,950(£21,659.10) €24,950(£21,659.10)

    *** 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 Roadster 1973 overdrive in good condition 1973 Triumph TR6 Roadster. Both the body and interior of this english 2 seat convertible are in a beautiful and good condition with some traces of use. The car has anthracite paint, black interior and a black soft top. The car has the original 2489 CC 6 in line 105 HP engine and 4 speed manual gearbox with overdrive. The car also has a wooden dashboard, wooden steering wheel, extra headlights and a chrome luggagerack. So a good Triumph TR6 ready to drive. 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: 1973
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  • Triumph TR6 Cabriolet 1976

    €19,950(£17,318.60) €19,950(£17,318.60)

    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 cabriolet 1974

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Triumph TR6 cabriolet 1974 in very good condition This very beautiful white Triumph TR6 was delivered in 1974. The past 24 years the car has had only 1 owner and is very well maintained. The car has the original TR6 wheels and chrome in very beautiful condition. The original interior has black leather and a wooden dashboard. This TR6 has the original 2498 CC, 120 HP engine and manual gearbox. The car also has a hard top. This is a beautiful and great driving Triumph TR6 in a very good condition. 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: 1974
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  • 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
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  • Triumph TR6

    £24,990 £24,990

    Extensive History File, Heritage Certificate, Overdrive on 2,3 & 4th Gears, New Hood, Lead Free Fuel, Bosch Uprated Fuel Pump, Radio Cassette, Headlamp Covers, Zipped Tonneau cover, Black Wing Mirrors 1971 Triumph TR6 2.5 PI, 150BHP, 95.000 Miles. Finished in White, with Tan Interior, Tonneau Cover, New Black Roof and Fitted with Traditional TR6 Steel Wheels. The car has been subject to an extensive renovation and is now equipped with Overdrive on 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears, has a thermostatic fan, oil cooler, breaker-less ignition, halogen lights and intermittent windscreen wipe function, runs on unleaded fuel, plus a Bosch Uprated Fuel Pump. This TR6 is in enviable condition and has a genuine ability to appreciate in value. A Golden Opportunity for a serious buyer.

    • Mileage: 95000 mi
    • Engine size: 2498
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  • TRIUMPH TR6 1970

    £22,750 £22,750

    Been subject to a full nut and bolt restoration a few years ago and more recently a repaint and interior refurb.;Immaculately presented throughout, finished in Black with contrasting luxurious Red leather interior. Used very little these last few years but has been carefully and correctly dry stored. ;MOT'd (no advisories) until March '17.;Being loud, fast and punchy this TR6 is now ready for some action!

    • Mileage: 3659 mi
    • Engine size: 2.498
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  • Triumph TR6

    £24,750 £24,750

    1973 Mimosa Yellow Manual. It was the subject of a full restoration during the late 1990s and there is a photographic record of the build. Along with the bodywork, the engine was fully rebuilt by 'TRGB' and was treated to a polished and ported head complete with a mildly uprated cam. To continue the sporting theme, the suspension and braking systems have also been modified to further enhance an already impressive driving experience. As well as photos of the restoration, the comprehensive history file contains a number of invoices and old MoTs.

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 69221 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
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  • TRIUMPH TR6 - 1971

    £10,250 £10,250

    Just arrived is this great Triumph TR6. This is a very solid, runs good with very good oil pressure. We are just putting new brakes on then we will send it for a MOT so you will be able to register it straightaway. This is a simple processes which costs GBP 55. We will happily do the paperwork for you.;;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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