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1970 Triumph TR6


Triumph TR6 is considered the final edition of the great British sports cars
Triumph TR6 is considered the final edition of the great British sports cars

The great Triumph TR6. The TR6 was the last of the old British roadsters and is one of the easiest to live with as well.

The Pick of the Day is a 1970 Triumph TR6 located in San Antonio. Texas, and features the desirable early style bumpers that I like much more than the “battering rams” added later to comply with U.S. crash regulations.

According to the private seller advertising the Triumph on ClassicCars.com, this car is a “one family owned TR6 with original engine in great working order. It is a dependable and fun driver with plenty of go and a sweet performance exhaust. The car has been in the family for 45 years and always garaged.”

The interior features a real-wood dashboard
The interior features a real-wood dashboard

The TR6 was a redesign of the TR250, a 6-cylinder version of the TR4. Where the TR250 kept the old Giovanno Michelotti bodywork, Triumph went to Karman to freshen the car and give it a more modern look. They did so and were still able to use the old chassis that was used for the earlier cars. The look of the TR6 is more modern than the earlier cars and is cleaner and more purposeful, though maybe not as elegant.

The car has all the charm of British cars in spades: wood dash, great sounding engine and a minimalistic style. The 6 is a driver’s car first and foremost, and a great one. The car is powerful enough to easily deal with today’s traffic, offering plenty of acceleration, and capable of reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The TR6 was built from 1969 to 1976 when it was replaced with the more modern TR7. It truly marked the end of an era for Triumph.

The seller states that in the past 10 years the car has received “Classic alloy racer-style performance rims and tires, performance distributer, performance air filters, new carpets, brakes, brake servo, convertible top, and alternator.”

The car was restored in the 1990’s and the usual TR6 rust areas on the car’s frame were professionally rebuilt and treated with Ziebart antirust undercoating, the seller says.

The asking price for the car is a reasonable $14,999, and at that price the car makes for an excellent entry point in the classic sports car world.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


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