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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 1970's. 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.
Originally delivered new to Singapore, this TR6 was built to 'CP' 150bhp UK-spec and was fitted from new with Overdrive and a 'factory' hardtop. Used sparingly at weekends and for special occasions, the TR6 was clearly the owner’s pride and joy, and in December 1987, it moved with him back to the UK. As in Singapore, the Triumph was used occasionally at the weekends, always in the dry, and remained cossetted in a heated garage. Naturally, as the owner became older he was able to use the car less and less and when he sadly passed away in 2016, he had owned it for a remarkable 45 years.
The car was acquired from his widow and, although in outstanding structural condition, it was obvious that it was in need of a little TLC. The decision was taken to recommission the TR and, once fully stripped, it was clear that the car was still in possession of all its original panels and never appeared to have been welded. With only minor areas of light surface rust, it was the perfect basis for a re-paint in a deep Dark Blue.
Whilst it was out, the engine was fully serviced and the flywheel and clutch replaced. These were balanced along with the prop-shaft, which was itself fitted with new UJs. The brakes were all replaced as were the fuel lines and an up-rated radiator fitted. The engine was refitted into the refreshed engine bay and the fuel pump, metering unit and injectors set up for smooth running.
Pleasingly, much of the interior was preserved, with only renewal of the carpets being necessary due to sun damage. The hood is original and in good condition as is the tonneau cover and hood bag and, quite importantly, the TR also retains its original factory hardtop (still in its original Mimosa Yellow).
This is a really lovely example of Triumph's classic TR6 which benefits from the more powerful CP engine and overdrive and is undoubtedly one of the best on the market. With it's gleaming fresh paint, chrome wire wheels and smart interior, we suspect its long term owner will be looking down with a real sense of pride.