The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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1974 Triumph TR6

Lot No.: 412

Registration: PUM 882M
Chassis Number: CR20600
Engine Number: TBA
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2498cc
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Sold for (£): 22,500

The Triumph TR6 was the best-selling Triumph in history when production ended in 1976, but was later surpassed by the TR7. More than 94,000 TR6s were built, ninety per cent of them to US specification. The TR6 was a refined sports car and featured pile carpets on the floors and boot, plush-looking bucket seats, a lovely wooden dashboard and a full complement of instrumentation. In the US, it featured the six-cylinder engine that was carried over from the TR250, while the UK version had a more powerful fuel-injected engine from the TR5 with Lucas mechanical fuel injection system. It traces its lineage back to the four-cylinder Triumphs: TR4, TR4A, TR3/TR3A and TR2. This stylish six-cylinder sports car is regarded by some as the last true Triumph.

This TR6 is an original UK right-hand drive example that has recently been treated to a photographic body-off restoration. The original fuel injection system has been replaced in favour of three Weber 45 DCOE side-draft carburettors and the 2.5 litre straight-six has a ‘sprint' cam, giving a very useful increase in power. Both torquey and eager to rev, with an addictive roar from the intake trumpets and the stainless exhaust system, it's a rewarding and entertaining drive.

A precise four-speed gearbox with switched overdrive on third and fourth is great for either blasting around B-roads or high-speed cruising. The steering is tight and direct - there is great feedback through the wheel, not least due to rack mount upgrades. Pirelli tyres give excellent levels of traction and cornering, and the brakes bring everything solidly to a stop without drama.

It's obvious when you inspect the underside of this TR that it has been well looked-after; there are no signs of repairs and no cover-ups with fresh underseal. All suspension components have been powder-coated or painted as part of the rebuild and attention to detail is very high. All inspections are welcome.

This TR6 is an opportunity to own a fully-prepared, fast and beautifully restored example of an original UK TR6. We encourage pre-sale inspections and urge prospective bidders to come and have a drive prior to the auction.