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1972 Triumph GT6 Mk3

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Bare Metal Respray | Reconditioned Gearbox | Engine Rebuild

  • Mileage~81,400
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.0L
  • LocationDarlington

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Introduction

Isaac Wass
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These sports coupes can produce ~104BHP and are capable of reaching speeds of over 100MPH making them an attractive entry point to classic ownership.

Originally produced between 1966 and 1973, the Triumph GT6 was based on the popular Triumph Spitfire. Beginning life as a developmental design of a ‘GT’ model Spitfire, dubbed in house as the ‘Spitfire GT4’, the project was soon scrapped due to the increased weight causing a drop in performance. However shortly after this Triumph adopted the fastback design of the ‘Spitfire GT4’ for use in their Spitfire racing division. After beating out main rival MG for 1st class at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, Triumph decided to commercialise on their success and after redesigning the vehicle to make use of the 2.0L six cylinder Vitesse engine for additional performance, they released the Triumph GT6 - dropping the Spitfire moniker to emphasis the GT styling and six cylinder engine.

This particular example comes to us from ~9 years of ownership, during which time extensive works to the vehicle including a bare metal respray, refurbished suspension, new service gearbox, rebuilt engine, new wiring loom, seating re-trimmed, and many of the original parts on the car have been refurbished as well. It presents in excellent condition, well worth a good look if you're in the market for one of these.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Isaac after meeting Geoff the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I’ve always liked the GT6, I think it's the best looking Triumph ever made, it somehow manages to look fast even when it’s standing still.

Geoff has always had a thing for the Triumph GT6, finding them to be the most attractive of the marques range. Upon finding the GT6 for sale he knew he couldn’t resist and seized the opportunity to own one of his favourite cars - knowing there was work to be done, he soon set about having the appropriate works carried out.

Once the car was finished it became his pride and joy, serving many weekend drives in the North England countryside without fault. Sadly due to a leg injury Geoff now finds it very difficult to drive the car and has decided that the time has finally come to find his beloved GT6 a new owner. He'll be happy to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

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Exterior

With its lithe silhouette, striking blue paintwork, and fastback rear end, this is a well presented example of the marques GT sporting coupé.

Wheels and Tyres

The silver steel wheels are of a simple design, however they appear to be in good condition, with no visible signs of damage or repair on the day of our visit. The two front wheels are missing the ‘GT6’ badges however Geoff assures us that these can be easily sourced online.

The tyres are DOT marked between ‘12-’13, or 9-10 years old. Despite their age the tyres appear to be in fair condition, with good levels of tread left across the board and no visible cracking to the sidewalls.

Bodywork

The bodywork on this restored example is very good, with no visible signs of damage. All panel gaps are even and no panels appear to be misaligned either. The car has had all panels stripped back to bare metal before respray, where several areas of corrosion were repaired, such as behind the front wheel arch on the drivers side - the areas that have had repair work carried out appear to have been repaired to a very good standard.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our high resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.

Paint

The blue paintwork is a slightly different shade to the factory blue offered by Triumph at the time of manufacture, this was a definitive choice made by Geoff to suit his taste, however the slightly lighter shade is striking in appearance and the paintwork itself is in good condition with no major scratches, scuffs, or chips present.

Again, we have taken high resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves. The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these high resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass of the GT6 is in good condition, with no visible cracks, chips, or scratches present on any of the panels. The rear side windows operate as they should on push latches and the chrome trim on the vehicle is in similar condition.

Interior

With retrimmed leather seats, wooden dashboard, and contrasting brown leather steering wheel, the GT6 offers a simple but pleasant interior.

Seats and Carpets

Having been retrimmed in new black leather, the seats are in excellent condition, with no visible damage to speak of and little in the way of wear. The leather armrest has unfortunately began to perish as can be seen in our interior gallery, however this requires a but a simple retrim to bring it into line with the rest of the leather upholstery.

The carpets are in fair condition and are to the best of our knowledge the original articles, they do show some signs of age but do not negatively affect the overall appearance of the cabin.

Dashboard

The wood accented dashboard is in good condition, not showing any signs of de-lamination, and all appropriate switchgear and dials are in good and fully working condition, showing some patina in line with the age of the car.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The brown leather steering wheel is not the original item, a Moto-Lita replacement item with the brown leather a pleasant contrast to the wood accented dashboard and is in good overall condition with no signs of damage to the leather or stitching.

The wooden gear stick is also in good condition, adorned with a Triumph badge to match the steering wheel it feels at home in the cabin of the GT6.

Mechanics

Powered by the twin carb 2.0L straight six, the GT6 produces ~104BHP and is capable of speeds up to ~112MPH, this example with a reconditioned gearbox and rebuilt engine.

Engine and Gearbox

Both the engine and gearbox have had extensive works carried out, with the engine having been stripped, skimmed, and rebuilt, and the gearbox having been swapped out for a reconditioned unit courtesy of TD Fitchett LTD in Telford.

During our ‘On The Road’ video you can watch the engine fire up from cold first time with no hesitation at all, and whilst on the road the engine pulled well and performed as expected. Likewise the gearbox provided a smooth and pleasant gear changing experience, not struggling to find gears or deliver power to the rear wheels.

Suspension and Brakes

As part of the works carried out on the car by owner Geoff, the suspension was refurbished, along with having new shocks installed to the rear as well as a new rear cross spring. The resulting drive is both comfortable and responsive, handling bumpier roads with ease and offering admirable cornering ability even by today's standards.

The brakes also stopped the car quickly and efficiently, with no squealing, scraping, binding, or resistance, and Geoff reports that the brake pedal offers a good amount of feel and responsiveness.

The Drive

The GT6 is by no means a car of luxury, but once on the move this is of little importance as the air fills with the noise of the engine and the sense of speed. The car accelerates with gusto in most any gear, even comfortably setting off from a standstill in second gear! Overall the car offers an engaging drive for both driver and passenger alike.

Electrics and Other

With only basic electrical systems there is little to go wrong, however always preferring to err on the side of caution, Geoff had a new wiring loom fitted, incorporating every light, switch, dial, and even the heated rear windscreen.

History and Paperwork

This late model Triumph GT6 comes with a stack of paperwork showcasing the extensive restoration that has been carried out in the current ~9 year ownership, this car is head and shoulders above most on the market.

Coming from ~9 years of ownership, this GT6 has had consistent and reliable maintenance carried out by owner Geoff throughout his time with the vehicle and the paperwork included with the car contains invoices for all kinds of work and parts.

Included at the end of the history gallery is a few images supplied by Geoff showing the car stripped down to bare metal, as well as the engine after having been skimmed. Speaking with Geoff his enthusiasm for this car is clear as day, and he would be more than happy to answer any comments you may have in the comment section below.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in high resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Key Details
  • ModelGT6 (Mk3)
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.12.1972
  • CC1,998
  • Mileage~81,400
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourBlue
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #KE14522
  • Engine #KE011446HE
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOTNo
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • Former Keepers8
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandMohawk
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~9 years
  • Key FeatureExcellent presentation, restored example
  • Auction ID517833


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KJMT
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KJMT

Hi Geoff, please could you expand a little more on the electrics and upholstery. I see some speakers have been installed in the rear at some point. Has the radio been disconnected and removed? In the front passenger footwells are there some upholstery parts missing and is there an air passenger air vent missing or are they just not fitted/shown in the pictures? Thank you.

mast69
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mast69

Hi, thanks for your reply, seems like this GT6 has had a non rotoflex chassis substituted for whatever reason, at some point in time.
Converting a rototoflex chassis to swing axle involves a lot of fabrication and welding to get right, far easier to replace the chassis already set up for a swing axle conversion.
Absence of a servo would confirm its ’72 vintage.
It would appear that a lot of man hours have been spent to get this GT6 to the standard as detailed.
Regards.

APM440
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APM440

The engine sound when under acceleration has what appears to be a slight rumble or light knock to it. Is this just the audio quality or is there some engine rumble? Also you didn’t really give the engine a good rev or hold the revs up so you cannot get a feel for this engine or not. I understand the engine was rebuilt, was the bottom end done at same time or just the top end and head? Is there any end float at the crank pulley etc? Thanks

mast69
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mast69

Hi Geoff, a 1972 GT6 would of been a rotoflex model, this has a rear swing spring. Your GT6 has the instruments of the later GT6, but there is an absence of a remote brake servo, which became standard fitment next to the battery tray on the later models built between 73/74 with the later style instruments, as was sundym glass.
Any reason for this discrepancy.

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