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Triumph TR6: A Brief History And Buyer's Guide


The Triumph TR6 has earned its name as one of the best British sports cars of the 1960s. Compact, powerful and handsome, the six-cylinder TR6 was manufactured between 1969 and 1976. Although 94,619 were built, only 8,370 cars were sold here in the UK and the rest were exported. By the time production finished in July 1976, the TR6 was the top-selling car of the marque's TR range, before it was overtaken by the TR7.

The bodywork of the car bears many similarities to its predecessor, the TR5, though the TR6 boasted squared-off front and back ends. The TR6, which is a 2-seater coupe, features a 2,498cc in-line six engine and a four-speed manual transmission.

Weighing in at 1,122kg, the car has a top speed of 119mph and can reach 0-60mph in 8.2 seconds. The UK models were capable of 150bhp, though the differential was limited in '72 when the injected cars' output was slashed to 125bhp to assist refinement.

Similar to many other cars of the same decade, rust is the TR6's nemesis, although it is relatively easy to spot thanks to its separate-chassis design.

TR6s go for far less than the TR5s. For a usable car you should expect to pay anywhere between £9,000 and £12,000, while pristine models can fetch up to £20,000. Royal blue is one of the most popular colour choices.

The TR6 will make a great restoration project due to spare parts availability. However, you should note the differences with a US import; their engine has the more reliable (but less powerful) twin Stromberg carburettors which reduces the horsepower to 105bhp. It also means the rear axle ratios were lower to compensate, while overdrive was a rarer option.

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