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1975 Triumph TR6

Lot No.: 503

Registration: HRV 788N
Chassis Number: CR62090
Engine Number: CR004151HE
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2498
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Sold for (£): Unsold
  • A right-hand drive, home market car in Mimosa and Black
  • Only 19,800 warranted miles from new. In almost 'time-warp' condition
  • Magazine featured by Classic Cars in December 2008
  • Complete with original hardtop, hood, hood cover, and tonneau
  • Some History. BMT Heritage Certificate, original Passport to Service, Handbook and Triumph Sales and Service Directory.

According to its BMT Heritage Certificate, this TR6 was built on 3rd July 1974 as a RHD, home market car and was finished in Mimosa Yellow with a Black interior. Factory fitted equipment is listed as Overdrive, Seatbelts, Black tonneau cover, and 165x15 Michelin XAS tyres. It was dispatched to the Bolton Motor Company Ltd, Bolton, on 10th July 1974 but remained unregistered until the 8th May 1975 when Hollingdrake Ltd, Triumph Distributors, Bolton did the honours and the car was allocated the registration number HTD 583N. It found it's first 'keeper' on 30th August 1975 in Hoghton near Preston and he was to use the TR for just less than two years before selling it on 9th July 1977 to Joseph Murphy of East Didsbury. Mr Murphy changed the registration to JM40 and enjoyed the little yellow Triumph for nearly 28 years before he sadly passed away in early 2006. Formal ownership then passed to his widow Mrs Kathleen Murphy on the 8th of March 2006, re-registered as HRV788N, however, she had no need of the TR and entrusted it to Bonhams who, on 30th April 2007 sold it at their RAF Hendon Auction for £10,500. A note was made of its recorded mileage of 13,425 miles at the time.

The TR6's low mileage and great condition attracted interest in the classic car world and 'Classic Car' magazine chose the car to feature in an article which was published in December 2008. They wrote “There are plenty of restored TR6s around, but very few good, original cars such as the Mimosa Yellow example featured here. It's a Seventies time warp with 13,000 miles on the clock, original paint, great panel fit and factory welds everywhere."

No change of ownership was recorded until 23rd March 2009 when it was registered to a Michael Payne, CEO of the internationally famous Monaco yacht brokerage, Camper and Nicholsons, and was subsequently re-registered in Monaco as X557. There are numerous receipts from the TR's time swanning around the streets of Monte Carlo including one from leading Triumph TR specialists 'Enginuity' for £3,700 dated 5/5/2009. It's been fitted with a full stainless-steel exhaust and, although the injection system has been modified for unleaded, the cylinder head has not been off the engine.

Our vendor purchased  HRV788N from the 'Historics' Auction on November 28th, 2015 and completed the re-registration in the UK on 7th January 2016. There is a decent amount of history in the owner's file and he noted “Although it shows 8 owners, 4 of those related to Joseph Murphy as he registered it to his business and back to himself before it passed to his widow”

The MOT records corroborate the car's mileage:

7/3/2007  13,425 miles

11/2/2008  13,527 miles

13/2/2009  13,598 miles

1/3/2010  15,899 miles

28/9/2016  19,599 miles

6/10/2017  19,757 miles

MOT valid until 5/10/2018

Having bought the TR he notes “I collected it from Historics and took it straight to Enginuity for a no-expense-spared inspection. The only major expense was a new clutch (receipt for £1,800 included) and they recognised the car, commented on its originality and the pleasure of working on such an original car. I also had the low profile tyres replaced with original, period specification, 165x15 Michelin XAS tyres (receipt for 770 Euros included). It’s been back to Enginuity annually but has required nothing more than a petrol pump hose replacing”.

The TR6 is now for sale and will be supplied with its original hardtop, hood, hood cover and tonneau.  As well as the usual registration documents, invoices, old MoTs etc, the owner's file also includes the BMT Heritage Certificate, original Passport to Service, Handbook, and Triumph Sales and Service Directory. The indicated mileage is 19,781 which is great as it's low enough to be remarkable but not so low that you have to think twice before using the car.

Without doubt one of the very best TR6s we have seen and with warranted mileage, this example really needs to be seen to be appreciated.