Wed, 10th Jun 2009 13:15

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 19

1973 Triumph GT6 Mk3

Sold for £11,475

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: VMB153M
Chassis No: KE23777
Mot Expiry: May 2010

Following the success of the Spitfire roadster, Triumph decided to produce a closed, GT (grand touring) version. In order to counter the weight penalty incurred by Michelotti's handsome fastback design they fitted the straight-six 1998cc Vitesse engine (hence the bonnet bulge) and so begat the GT6. Introduced in 1966, this elegant car's reputation suffered due to the potentially wayward nature of its swing axle rear suspension design. This problem was rectified with the introduction of the MKII. By using reversed lower wishbones and double-jointed driveshafts with a transverse leaf spring acting as the top link possible camber change was reduced from 21 degrees to 7. However, the damage was done and the GT6 never enjoyed the sales that it deserved. With 104bhp being developed at 5,300rpm, performance was strong. Acceleration through the four speed gearbox reputedly yielded 0-60mph in ten seconds and a 112mph top speed. Rack and pinion steering combined with independent coil and wishbone front suspension aided turn-in while braking was by discs at the front and drums at the rear. Launched in 1970, the MKIII featured a Kamm tail, new windscreen and more modern wheels. Last of the line, it was phased out in 1973.

H&H are indebted to the vendor for the following description: "This vehicle has had the benefit of a comprehensive improvement regime. Taking a perfectly good corrosion free example the vehicle has been transformed from merely sound to absolutely superb. This is not a restoration it has simply been detailed in the best possible way and is guaranteed 100% rust free. Mechanically excellent with a great gearbox it is a delight to drive. There can be very few like this. I have owned 'VMB 153M' since 1994 but have never entered competitions or concours. A list of previous awards that it has won is included. The car is as good now as when I bought it".

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