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 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.