Is this the lowest-mileage Triumph TR6? It could be yours!
A 1970 Triumph TR6 with only 33,000 recorded miles is to be auctioned by Cheffins during their Connoisseur’s Sale on July 5 – and it’s a cracker!
It’s the stuff of dreams for most petrolheads of a British persuasion. A low-mileage, genuine Triumph TR6 with all the extras and some rally-provenance thrown in! With only 33,000 miles recorded on the odometer, believed to be correct, the vehicle’s history is also worthy of acclaim.
This US-specification model with matching CC556 prefix chassis and engine numbers was bought by the current owner from North West Autos in Maryland, USA on June 30, 1997. Used as a daily car, the Triumph was then imported onto UK soil after a tour of the Southern States, before which it was subject to a bare metal respray.
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Registered with an age-related registration plate on May 11, 1998, the impressively original TR6 has since only been improved, with subsequent service intervals ensuring the six-cylinder, 2449cc engine remains in rude health. A stainless-steel exhaust, stainless-steel petrol tank, aluminium radiator and, most recently, five new wire wheels (in place of the standard steel rims) highlights the sympathetic care this Triumph has enjoyed.
Although the mileage recording is believed to be correct, there are no papers to prove this prior to 1997, when the custodian purchased the TR6 with 21,000 miles on the clock. Not to say the distance since then has been short trips on a warm Sunday, with the TR6 having tackled the continent on many occasions alongside regular appearances with the TR Register during various club outings.
The Triumph’s current appearance includes a tan hood, manual gearbox with overdrive and blemish-free dark green paintwork. The tyres wear thick tread and the MoT is valid until June 22, 2019. The best bit? Auction estimate ranges from £13,500 - £14,500. That’s a serious amount of car.
You can find out more on the official Cheffins website.
Why is the TR6 such a big deal?
Introduced in 1968, enthusiasts claim that the TR6 remains the last ‘proper’ Triumph sportscar. Before the wedge-shaped TR7 endured all manner of BL horror, the TR6 offered a ‘hairy-chested’ stance with a blend of cruising ability and handling prowess. Quite frankly, the public adored them.
Unlike the lampooned TR7 and later TR8, the TR6 wasn’t designed by committee. When production ended in 1976 it took claim as the greatest selling model of the TR range. It may have appeared like a lazily-updated TR5, but under the bonnet rested a new revelation – fuel injection! Well, for every market except the USA…
The Lucas mechanical fuel injection system assisted home-market TR6 models in producing 150bhp, later de-tuned to 125bhp to keep American’s happy (different measuring standards means the difference isn't as much as it looks). Although this robbed the brute of power, the underlying charisma kept sales going and British Leyland afloat.
The TR6 featured four-speed manual transmission with an optional overdrive, keeping 100mph very much a possibility for those brave few who found themselves on an empty motorway. The TR6 also featured semi-trailing arm independent rear suspension, rack and pinion steering, 15in wheels and tyres, pile carpets, bucket seats, and full instrumentation. Quite a package for the time.
Braking was by front disc brakes, and drum brakes at the rear. A factory steel hardtop was optional, requiring two people to fit it. The TR6 dashboard was wooden, and factory options included, a rear anti-roll bar and a limited-slip differential.
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