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1970 Triumph TR6

Lot 60 (The Pavilion Gardens, 27th November 2019)

Sold for £19,125

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: YHT 12J
Chassis No: CP52090-0
Mot Expiry: Nov 2020

- 1 of just 8,370 'home market' TR6s made and first registered by Bristol County Council on 6th August 1970

- Desirable build specification included a heater, overdrive, fuel-injected 150bhp engine, Michelin XAS tyres and dip left headlamps

- Treated to a 'ground up' restoration a few years ago, Red upholstery, 'matching numbers', wood rimmed steering wheel

According to its accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, this particular example - chassis CP52090-0 - was built on 25th June 1970 complete with a heater, overdrive, fuel-injected 150bhp engine, Michelin XAS tyres and dip left headlamps. Road registered by Bristol County Council as 'YHT 12J' some six weeks later, the Triumph was reportedly treated to 'a very extensive, 'ground up' restoration a few years ago'. Still looking very smart in Black with Red upholstery and a Black mohair hood, it sports a wood rimmed steering wheel, wooden dashboard, stainless steel exhaust and wire wheels. Offered for sale with Haynes workshop manual, history file and fresh MOT certificate.

Launched in January 1969, the TR6 featured a very clever reworking of the TR4/5 bodyshell which had been in production since 1961. By combining a recessed rear panel (similar to that found on the Michelotti-penned Triumph 2000 and 1300 saloon models) with a new full-width, headlamp-embracing radiator grille, coachbuilders Karmann gave the TR6 a look that was bang up to date (but which cost Triumph very little). Utilising the same 2498cc fuel-injected straight-six engine which had debuted in the TR5 some fifteen months earlier, UK and European specification cars boasted some 150bhp and spirited 120mph performance. Although, peak power fell to 125bhp with the adoption of a 'milder' camshaft in 1973, contemporary road testers found that outright speed was only slightly affected. Very much a traditional British sports car, the TR6 was characterized by decent acceleration, potent brakes and a firm ride (while, the presence of all-round independent suspension was a welcome bonus). However, the model was virtually unique in providing these qualities on the UK market at the time save for the more specialised Morgan and more expensive Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce. Produced until 1975 it was the last of the traditional TRs, the replacement TR7 being a very different breed of car.


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