Launched in 1968, the TR6 used Karmann consultants to sharpen up the looks of the outgoing TR5, using the same centre section to keep down costs.
A big success, the new car was to be the best selling TR yet, with 94,619 finding customers before it was replaced by the controversial TR7 in 1975. Over 90% were exported leaving just 8,370 for the UK market. Widely regarded as the last of the proper TRs, it was one of the last cars on the market to use a traditional chassis with separate body unit.
Fitted with the 2.5-litre straight-six which produced 150bhp, the 1,130kg TR6 would reach 60mph in 8.5 seconds and top 120mph. Cars destined for the US had carburettors, however UK models had the Lucas fuel injection system and they all came with a 4-speed gearbox with overdrive.
Towards the end of 1972 Triumph updated the range, introducing the CR prefix chassis number models. They got some minor cosmetic changes and slightly detuned engines, the output dropping to 125bhp. They were still plenty fast enough, long-legged, sounded fabulous and had a lovely wooden dashboard, making a TR6 of any variety one of the most appealing traditional British sportscars.
This Mimosa Yellow TR6 has been owned from new by just one married couple, ownership transferring from husband to wife in 1981. The purchase invoice shows that it was supplied new by PJ Evans of Redditch in August 1973 at a cost of £1,550 which included overdrive and a tonneau cover.
In daily use until 1983, it then became a ‘high days and holidays’ car, being sympathetically refurbished in 1985 with new rear wings, a full respray and thorough waxoiling throughout. The gearbox was also reconditioned and the car has only covered some 3,750 miles since, the 74,700 on the clock being correct and backed up by a virtually unbroken run of old MOTs from new.
Always garaged and always properly maintained by the vendor, recent work includes: stainless steel exhaust in 1990; new Bosch fuel pump and carpets in 1995; new radiator in 2001; new hood and fuel metering unit in 2003; spin-on oil filter conversion in 2004; new front brake discs and calipers in 2005; new clutch master and slave cylinders in 2006; cylinder head overhaul in 2010; new door locks, steering lock and throttle cable in 2013; new battery in 2016.
Supplied with a large history file from new and all its original handbooks, it also comes with a tonneau cover, hood bag, spare wheel and wheel-changing kit plus a quantity of useful spares. Said to run and drive well with an MOT until October 2017, this much-loved family member now only needs a caring new owner to continue to cherish it in the manner to which it has become accustomed these past 44 years.
Catalogue amendment: It has a hood cover, not a hood bag