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Triumph GT6: A Brief History And Buyer's Guide

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Based on the Triumph Spitfire convertible and affectionately referred to as the "poor man's E-type", the GT6 is a 6-cyclinder, rear-wheel drive sports coupe and a fine example of an inexpensive, British sports car. The GT6, which was in production from 1966-1973, shares with the Jaguar E-type a sleek, fastback design, an elongated bonnet and an opening rear hatch.

Triumph initially planned to use Spitfire mechanicals for the GT6 but soon realised that a 1,147cc engine wasn't powerful enough for the bodyshell's additional weight. The change of plans for the vehicle resulted in a two year launch delay, before it was eventually released fitted with a 1,998cc six-cylinder engine, which also appeared in the Triumph Vitesse 2-Litre.

A total of 40, 926 vehicles were manufactured and three models produced during its seven year production, all of which featured the 1,998cc incline 6 engine, in various states of tune.

The Mk II, which arrived in 1968, featured an upgraded cylinder head and rear suspension, along with a completely new dash. It also had raised rear and front bumpers and added Rostyle wheel trims. The MK III, released two years later, featured only minor changes from the MK II, including the de-seamed shark-nosed bonnet and updates to the rear panel with a family cut-away tail which uses less chrome.

The MK III's engine produced 104bhp and 108 lb/ft of torque. Weighing 918kg, the GT6 is capable of reaching 0-60mph in 10.1sec, with a top speed of 112mph.

The Triumph GT6 is perfect for people looking to buy a fun, British sports car without having to pay through the nose for it. Great condition and fully restored GT6s fetch around £12,000-£13,000, while you can pick up a restoration project for around £3,000.

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