Low-mileage ‘barn find’ Triumph TR6 roadster

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The Triumph looks to be in excellent original condition

The Pick of the Day is yet another wonderful British “barn-find” sports car with very low mileage and in apparently great condition.

The car is a 1972 Triumph TR6 that the private seller says has been in covered garage storage for the past 17 years and seems to be in remarkably good condition, especially since it only has 7,689 miles showing on its odometer.  The seller says the mileage is genuine.

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The roadster has its original wire-spoke wheels

At this point, I must again ask the obvious question: how could anyone own such a cool little sports car and not drive it as much as possible? I’m sure there’s some story here, but the Winter Garden, Florida, seller does not divulge it in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

The Triumph is described as a two-adult-owner roadster equipped with its original inline-6 engine, manual transmission with overdrive and wire wheels.  Sounds like just the way you’d want a TR6, especially one that is pre-DOT regs imposed for 1974.

The seller, who says the car is “INCREDIBLE!”, notes that it has nearly new Michelin  tires and a dealer-installed air conditioner that works.  One thing the seller does not say is whether the car is back on the road, so any potential buyer would need to ask.

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The dashboard looks decent, though the wood shows delamination

“This is an incredible find and could easily be brought to concours condition,” the seller notes. “Everything is original.

“Paint and interior reflect the mileage which is for real. This was not a daily driver!”

The Triumph has its original fabric top as well as an aftermarket hardtop that needs restoration, adds the seller, who mentions that the car is being sold for health reasons.

“I will accept the first reasonable offer,” the seller says. “Health forces sale of this car – second heart attack. Hope to find good home and appreciative buyer.”

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An inline-6 provides plenty of torque for the lightweight sports car

The Triumph, which looks to be in very nice condition in the photos accompanying the ad, is priced at $28,000, which is on the high side for a TR6, according to the value guides.  But if everything here is correct, this very-low-mileage example of a classic British sport car should be worth it. And as the ad says, offers are being accepted.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

8 COMMENTS

  1. if this mileage is genuine, and it’s been dry and is still live certified, this is NOT "on the high side".. It is possibly the most original lowest mileage TR6 on the planet. Have you seen the value curve of TRs in UK and Europe? This one is unique . These things are gems; they’re kind of like flying a WW2 fighter plane to drive… just so much character, rattle, twist, shakes and oily smells. My wife’s got one ( not bragging but the now-rare150HP PI model,) and I enjoy it even more than classic Porsches. Cache and muscular fun to burn.

  2. If someone buys this car there is a small shop in Connecticut that can make a new dashboard for under $450 (I had one made for a ’68 TVR and the workmanship was exceptional). The delamination of the dashboard makes me wonder if the car was stored in a damp garage (certainly and issue in humid Florida) with no precautions taken to control the dampness…moisture absorbing bags).

    • Dear Santa Fe Steve,
      Do you have the contact info on the shop in Conn. that can do the wood laminate work? Really appreciate any feedback, thanks, Steve J.

    • If it was stored in a humid, damp garage; then watch out for rust. TR6 frames are particularly vulnerable to rust. These cars will rust out in perfectly dry conditions!Lol I’ll pass on this one

      • This is not a 1972 model. The dash of this one has all the warning lights and heater plinth and chrome gauges of a 1973+. Better check the vin and title very closely

  3. It has an aftermarket steering wheel, as well as shifter knob and that’s not the original convertible top. I suggest checking the pedal box for side to side play as an indicator. The actual miage is more than likely tripped over 100,000 miles. OR I would surely want to see proof of this car only covering 8,000 miles in its lifetime. My experience in a lifetime (60 years) of exposure to the automotive world that is people will claim anything to sell a car or even better, "make it special". Also don’t forget how easy it is (and was) to simply unscrew the speedo/odometer cable. They were also famous for breaking, eventually.Have a professional look at this vehicle PRIOR to the purchase. IF it is legit, it is still on the high end, and these as all cars rise and fall in appreciation regularly.

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