1976 Triumph TR6
1976 Triumph TR6
Offered as an affordable, six-cylinder sports car, the first Triumph TR6 rolled off the production line in 1968 as a 1969 model. It's intended target was to rival similar sports cars at the time, and although most were designed with sleek, curved lines, the TR6 was squared off at both ends, making it stand out from its competitors. With just a seven year production span, the TR6 grew to become a true British classic. The frame, engine, running gear, body tub and doors were similar to the Michelotti-styled TR5 (TR250 in the US). The front and rear of the car was restyled by Karmann of Germany, though one source claims the new squared-off Kamm tail design was from an unrelated Michelotti prototype. A new removable hardtop was designed in-house.
Born in jolly old England and now gracing the South mallway of our Hallowed Halls we offer for consignment a Triumph TR6 right out of the 1976 model year. A boxy design, tall tires, long bonnet, short square boot, rectangular rear lighting, leather seats, a veneer wood dash, Lucas electrics, Stromberg carburetors and a zippy 6-cylinder engine, all go into making the TR6 a true British Sportscar.
Mostly straight rust-free steel panels with good gaps are drenched in Russet Brown which is presenting nicely with only minor inclusions and flaws. The bumpers have their federally mandated crash absorbers, which look much better than most of what Detroit was doling out to stay legal. Badging is correct and on the rear of the car is the quintessential chrome luggage rack. The convertible top, in black, presents nicely with no tearing, just minor wear and the plastic rear window is beginning to show the first signs of hazing. The center hubcaps and trim rings adorn the drilled steel wheels on all 4 corners and are covered with less than 100 mile red line tires.
A wood dash with slight veneer damage stretches across the inside of the car and is topped by padded black vinyl. Essential instrumentation is seen in front of the original steering wheel, and are of course Smiths brand, which was a staple of 1970's Triumphs. Saddle leather buckets, with just the right amount of age wear float in a sea of low pile gold carpeting and an adequately sized storage area is behind these seats. Saddle vinyl door panels cover the door and are looking just fine with their chrome handles and obligatory map pockets.
A lift of the long bonnet reveals a 152ci 6-cylinder in inline form. It is topped with a pair of Stromberg CDSEVX carburetors and their accompanying air cleaners. On the back of the mill is a 4-speed manual transmission and putting the power to the ground is a rear axle weighing in with a 3.80 ratio.
The frame and underbody are very clean and some surface rust is present, particularly on the floor pans. A dual exhaust system is present and snakes its way rearward, ending with a stock style muffler and Power front disc and rear drum brakes provide the stopping power. The front suspension is independent, coil springs, unequal-length A-arms, telescopic shock absorbers, (plus an anti-roll bar for TR6), and the rear consists of independent coil spring setup with semi-trailing arms
A test drive in this Triumph was a blast from the past as this writer owned this very same car. This TR6 runs smoothly, although had to be choked just a bit for smooth idle until the engine warmed up. The transmission shifted up and down smoothly and the braking was adequate. Always a snappy handling car, it brought back good memories. Some wind in your hair, and the throaty exhaust sound goes a long way to calm the soul.
No invasive rust to be seen, very nice Russet Brown paint, a clean interior with a nice tear free top, and a 6 popper with dual Strombergs you are tooling in British style from 1976, courtesy of Michelotti design. All that's left to say is cracking good show aye what?
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