Without dispute, the sports car craze in the United States started after World War II serviceman brought back British roadsters when they returned home.
For decades to follow, British sports cars defined what a sports car was. The cars from MG, Triumph, Austin Healey and Jaguar were what people thought of when they dreamed about them.
In the late 1960s, things began to change. The British were now faced with cars from Japan that offered more performance and more reliability for less money. The car that started the end for the great British sports car industry was the Datsun 240Z.
The TR6 was Triumph’s last iteration of the classic British roadster concept. It is basically a TR4A with a body redesign by Karmann of Germany and was powered by a 2.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine.
The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Triumph TR6, a desirable model as it was built before the massive rubber bumper guards were added to meet DOT regs. Another thumbs up for this car is that it has the factory electric overdrive transmission for more-relaxed highway cruising.
These were the fastest of the classic small British sports cars and were as successful on the track as in the showroom. Sadly, this did not help the British car industry as Triumph decided to follow the TR6 with the far-less-successful TR7.
From behind the wheel, a TR6 in good shape is a bit of a revelation. The car offers strong performance and can be used as a daily driver. They are relatively inexpensive as well as simple to maintain, and fit any driver 6-foot tall or under with ease.
These cars went up a bit in value over the past few years although they’ve declined to the point where today you can buy an excellent example in the $20,000 range.
According to the St. Louis dealer advertising the Triumph on ClassicCars.com, this TR6 has undergone extensive work, including a steering rack rebuild, brake booster rebuild, new master cylinder, new brake calipers, upgraded drilled and slotted front brake discs, all new neoprene bushings, powder-coated undercarriage and suspension parts.
Also, a 100-amp alternator upgrade, rear differential mounting reinforcement kit, new seals and bearings in differential, a rear suspension camber adjustment kit, new wiring harness, a Moss Motors leather kit for the seats, new wool carpets and new plating on all chrome parts.
There are lots of TR6s available for sale, often in the 10k price range, but a car with all of this work done, and with overdrive, puts it in another league entirely.
The asking price of $24,900 could represent a great deal if the car is as nice as it is described.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.