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1974 Triumph TR6 PI

Lot No.: 302

Registration: RDU 998M
Chassis Number: CR56760
Engine Number: CR3595HE
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2.498
Year of Manufacture: 1974
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 17,438
  • Original UK, overdrive car nicely presented in Mimosa Yellow with a smart black hood
  • Family owned for the last 15 years and only 42,497 miles from new
  • Magazine featured in period. Copy of Thoroughbred and Classic from Jan '75 starring 'RDU'
  • Lots of unique history, period brochures, Press Pack, original documents, manuals etc
  • Heritage Certificate, old tax discs, previous MoT Certs. MoT until November 2019
  • A very special TR6, part of Triumph's history and well known to the Triumph community

Sharp, clean and ruggedly handsome, the TR6 looked far more modern than TR roadsters of old and proved a huge hit with the sporting driver of the early 1970s. Restyled in 1969 by Karmann of Osnabruck, the TR6 gained a full-width nose and a squared-off tail, however, under its new 'party frock' the chassis remained basically the same as its independently-rear-suspended TR5 predecessor. Handling was improved courtesy of wider wheels and a front anti-roll bar and the '6' was a little more refined than its predecessors featuring pile carpets, plush-looking bucket seats, a traditional wooden dashboard, and a full complement of instrumentation. 

The 150bhp 2.5-litre Lucas fuel-injected straight-six power unit was initially unchanged, but was detuned to 125bhp for the US market and subsequently for the UK market from 1973 onwards to meet stricter emissions regulations. Even in the later detuned spec, it could still hit 60mph in just 9.5 seconds with a top speed of 116mph.

This is an original home market, UK-supplied, right-hand drive car and, according to its Heritage Certificate, was built on 29th January 1974, fitted with overdrive, and finished in Mimosa with a Black interior, a colour scheme that it proudly displays to this day. However, instead of being sold through the normal dealer network, RDU 998M was seconded by the factory 'Press and Publicity Department' to be used as a Road Test car offered on short-term loan to prominent motoring journalists in the hope of attracting lots of favourable publicity. This was certainly the case and the car regularly appeared in magazine features and newspaper articles. 'Thoroughbred and Classic Cars' magazine ran a feature on RDU in their January 1975 issue and, pleasingly, there is a copy of this in the Owner's File. Naturally, during the period when it was being presented to the Press, it was washed, polished and maintained on a daily basis in order to create the most favourable impression.

This lovely TR has been family owned for the last 15 years and presents really well today with good shut lines, excellent paintwork, well cared for interior, a tidy engine bay, and a smart black hood. A regular at Owner's Club events, RDU is well known and well regarded within the Triumph community. The current indicated mileage is 42,497 and the MoT is valid until November 2019. As you might expect from an enthusiast owned car, it's accompanied by lots of unique history, period brochures, Press Pack, original documents, manuals, the Heritage Certificate, old tax discs, and previous MoT Certificates.

Sensibly guided, this is a very special TR6, part of Triumph's history, and would be very welcome at any gathering of Triumph enthusiasts.