Triumph revitalised its classic TR range in 1968 and introduced the Karmann-styled TR6. Sharp, clean and fresh, the TR6 sported a more aggressive body with revised front and rear end styling although the centre section remained the same as the TR4 and TR5.
For the UK market, the straight-six fuel-injected 150bhp 2,498cc engine also carried over from the previous TR5 model, although from 1973 it was changed for a milder 125bhp unit to meet stricter emissions regulations.
Widely-regarded as the last of the proper TRs, it had powerful front disc brakes, independent front suspension and a very sporting ride. Inside was a very pleasant place to sit, with pile carpets on floors and boot, plush-looking bucket seats, a lovely wooden dashboard and a full complement of instruments.
Good for 120mph and 0-60mph in 8.2 seconds in full-fat 150bhp form, this fine looking sports car can still easily hold its own in modern traffic. A huge sales success, more than 94,000 TR6s were built (90% of them for the US market), before it was replaced by the much softer TR7 in 1975.
This Pimento red TR6 is from the early production run (1969) but is not quite the way Triumph made it. Power now comes a Cameron Gilmore Stage 2 fast road engine, balanced with a lightened flywheel, Piper 285 camshaft and ported and polished cylinder head. There is a new Bosch fuel pump, new pressure-relief valve and hoses (all fitted in March 2016) and recent electronic ignition (2011). An uprated metering unit and a stainless steel exhaust system have also been fitted. The engine is now believed to produce around 180bhp – quite an improvement on original and enough to add a little extra zing to an already exciting car.
The car has also had new rear springs (2014) and polybushes (2015) fitted along with the brakes having been serviced and having had new shoes and discs fitted in January 2016.
The car looked good in the spring sunshine when we photographed it, but the paintwork is in need of some attention, although the bodywork seems good. The hood is almost new and the interior is both tidy and original. The wire wheels appear to be in good condition and are nice and clean.
The vendor has enjoyed owning and driving it very much these past nine years and it is only for sale as he now has eyes for an early BMW 2002. This is a well-sorted car that has been restored and lovingly cared for and can be used immediately. It is sold with restoration and maintenance invoices, 14 past MOTs, V5C and current MOT to October 2017.