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1976 Triumph TR6

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£18,020

  • Mileage~81,500
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.5L
  • LocationWhitley Bay

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1976 Triumph TR6

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Introduction

Isaac Wass
Professional Consigner

A delightful British sports car, the TR6 is a fine example of what classic motoring is all about; a stonking straight six, spirited weekend driving, roadster format.

The Triumph TR6 was originally introduced in 1969, with the first ever production model being built on the 19th of September 1968 as a 69 model year vehicle. Powered by a 2.5L straight six engine and driven by the rear wheels via four speed manual transmission, the TR6 came with either fuel injection or carburetors as we have on this particular example, making the car capable of ~106BHP and a top speed of ~111MPH.

This particular TR6 was originally made for the American domestic market and was first registered in 1976. Having spent its life in dry states, the car was then imported to the UK in 1993 and finally purchased by current owner in 2002. The car then spent the next 9 years meticulously being restored from the chassis upwards, having rebuilt the engine and gearbox, reupholstered the interior, and even repainted the car with his own two hands. With every effort made to keep the car exactly as it should have been from the factory, this particular TR6 is an extremely well presented example throughout and comes to market from ~20 year ownership.

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

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Meet the owner

A lot of people will add wire spoke wheels, paint the car in a new colour, or upgrade the cars in some way, but that right there is how it was meant to be made and that’s how I wanted it to be.

Classic cars and bikes have been a big part of Robert's life, always having several projects on the go at any given moment, but when it came to buying the TR6 he didn’t just want to drive it - he wanted a classic that he could restore completely. When deciding upon the TR6, Robert wanted a real head turner and something with “a bit of go”. One day in 2002, a 1976 Triumph TR6 presented itself - a US import from a dry mid-western state that had already been converted to right hand drive by its current British owner. Adding to that its sporty and muscular design along with its rust free bodywork really sealed the deal, and so Robert took the plunge and purchased the car.

Enjoying the journey perhaps as much as the final destination, Robert spent the next 9 years restoring the car completely. Stripping the vehicle back to the chassis, it was rebuilt, resprayed, and restored - using the decades of experience he has as a marine turbine engineer Robert meticulously rebuilt the engine and gearbox by hand along with most every other mechanical aspect of the car. As the 10th year of Roberts ownership dawned he could finally roll the now completed car out of the workshop. Subsequently enjoying the next 8 summers spent crisscrossing the north of England to classic car shows, Robert connected with a vast network of enthusiasts and owners - many of whom became friends.

2019 brought about the last year of shows for Robert and his cherished TR6 due to the unexpected COVID pandemic and whilst shows have now started back up again, Robert is now unfortunately unable to drive the car. His only wish is to find his car a new home with a loving owner, who will care for and enjoy the car as much as he has - if not more. He'll be happy to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

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Exterior

The muscular design of the TR6 is complemented by its wide front grille, contrasting white paintwork with steel wheels and twin exit upturned exhausts.

Wheels and Tyres

The silver steel wheels are adorned with original "TR6" centres, with the wheels being in immaculate condition free from any sign of corrosion, rim damage, and whilst some of the wheel centres are somewhat aged they are by no means in poor condition and could be described as having an age appropriate patina that only adds to the aesthetic of the car.

The Sebring tyres are also in good condition, with plenty of tread left on both front and rear sets. There is no visible degradation to be seen on the sidewalls either and the tyres themselves, whilst being 15 years old (DOT marked 2207), don’t look to be at all perished.

Bodywork

As the car was imported from a dry state the bodywork and chassis were rust free even prior to Robert's ownership, however during his time spent restoring the car any minor corrosion would have been dealt with in the course of the restoration.

When documenting the bodywork there really is very little to fault, all panel gaps line up as they should, we didn't notice any ripples, dings, or knocks to any of the bodywork, and from what we could see there was no visible corrosion on any of the bodywork either.

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

As part of Robert's extensive restoration the entire car was repainted by himself and the finish is that of a very high standard, better than some body shops by all accounts! We could not see any obvious stone chips, scratches, or other such defects in the paintwork, and both colour and texture of the paint is even across the board.

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 as far as we know is original, so far as it is one of the few things Robert has not replaced during his restoration, there are no chips or scratches to any of the glass panes and no cracks that we could see either.

Perhaps the most weathered area of the car is the chrome trims on front and rear bumpers, but even then they have little more than an age appropriate patina, and do not in any way take away from the condition of the car.

Interior

The dark blue leather interior sits in perfect contrast with the wooden inlaid dashboard and the aftermarket Nardi wooden steering wheel, fully reupholstered during the restoration the interior is in remarkable condition.

Seats and Carpets

The blue leather seats and blue carpets have been re-trimmed by Robert as part of his 9 year restoration and both items appear in faultless condition, there are no visible signs of wear to either the seats or the carpets, which are slightly different albeit complimentary shades of blue.

Dashboard

The wooden inlaid dashboard is free from any delamination, with no signs of damage that we could see on the day of our visit. The clocks and gauges set into the dashboard all work as expected too, and whilst there is some fading present on the black plastic inserts of some of the gauges they do not look out of sorts on a car of this age, only serving to add character to the otherwise immaculate interior.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

One of the only things Robert elected to change from original spec on the vehicle was the use of a Nardi wooden steering wheel, this was a small change but in his opinion adds so much more character to the interior of the vehicle and we dare say that we agree. The steering wheel itself is in great condition, and even has the “E. Nardi” engraving on the right hand spoke of the wheel.

The gearstick is in a matching wooden finish, the top adorned with a “TR Triumph” emblem, adding to the heritage of the car. The gearstick is also in good condition, with no visible signs of wear or delamination present whatsoever.

Mechanics

The 2.5L straight six carbureted engine produces ~106BHP, mechanically every aspect of the car has been seen to in full by Robert during his extensive restoration.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine and gearbox were both rebuilt by Robert, a former marine turbine engineer, he completed the following jobs; new oil pump; oil seals front and rear renewed; new clutch assembly; new clutch thrust bearing; new thrust bearing carrier; new clutch actuating fork gimbal pins; new clutch spigot bush; new timing chain; new timing chain tensioner; crankshaft reground; new main bearings; new big end bearings; new crankshaft thrust rings fitted; new piston rings fitted; cylinder bores re-honed; valve seats re-cut; inlet and exhaust valves re-cut and ground in; new valve guides fitted; new valve springs fitted; rocker arms re-ground; new rocker arm shaft fitted; new fan belt fitted; all rubber cooling and heater pipes replaced; all new stainless pipework made up; new radiator fitted; starter motor rebuilt.

As can be seen the amount of work carried out by Robert during his restoration, it is nothing short of meticulous, tending to every aspect of the engine and gearbox as required. When watching our "On The Road" video you can see and hear the vehicle start up and drive, during which it never skips a beat.

The only job left to do is to fit the two stainless steel heat shield plates pictured in the “History” gallery, these prevent excess heat soaking into the carburettors which can cause difficulty starting the vehicle when warm.

Suspension and Brakes

During our time with the vehicle we could not spot any faults with either suspension or brakes, noting how comfortable the ride was and even though not suited to speed bumps, the TR6 dealt with them in a fairly subdued manor and was in no way crashy or bumpy.

The brakes had no difficulty stopping the car and during our time on the road our driver John, Robert's Nephew, mentioned that the longer he drove the car the better the brakes seemed to be - likely a result of the car not having been driven regularly in some time. However there were no untoward noises from the brakes, leaving us to conclude that the brakes are in good condition - a safe bet given the meticulous restoration the rest of the vehicle has undergone.

The Drive

The Triumph TR6 is as wonderfully British as even the best of British classics, a sports car by name and by nature. When driving along with the raspy exhaust note filling your ears, the wind whipping by you, and the joy filled faces of onlookers turning to watch as you motor on by, there are few places more relaxing than the passenger seat of Robert's fantastic Triumph TR6. It has plenty of punch to keep up with modern traffic, handles beautifully on country roads, and provides a truly memorable experience for both driver and passenger alike.

Electrics and Other

During our time spent with the vehicle we of course checked the usual electronics, of which there are less than a handful, and they worked as expected - with of course no surprise to be had on Robert's behalf. The soft top has also been replaced and goes up and down without a hitch, and in the garage there is also a hardtop to be had along with the car that is in a very similar condition to the rest of the bodywork.

History and Paperwork

A classic British sports car born for American soil, returned to its home country and lovingly restored over a period of 9 years by by the current owner, the history of this car is tangible across every inch of the vehicle.

Included in the paperwork is a document of sale in the US, a plethora of MOT certificates, original Triumph documentation such as the service passport, and even a well thumbed copy of the Triumph TR6 repair operation manual.

Robert has included a list of the works carried out, along with invoices to support some items such as the new hood fitted in 2011, most of this restoration having been completed himself - his garage is more of a workshop, fitted with more tools than most mechanics will own in a lifetime, machining lathes, and even a makeshift engine crane built into the rafters, every inch of the car has been restored by hand.

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.

Key Details
  • ModelTR6
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date1976, First registered UK 11.05.1993
  • CC2,500
  • Mileage~81,500
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourWhite
  • Interior ColourBlue
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #CF 54052U
  • Engine #44097
  • RestoredYes. Finished 2011
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOTNo
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • Former Keepers2
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandSebring
  • Tyre Age~15 years
  • LHD or RHDRHD (conversion)
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~20 years
  • Key FeatureFull Restoration
  • Auction ID508150







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Harv63
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Harv63

Lovely looking car. As it was originally from the states has it been converted to right hand drive or was it always RHD?

Harv63
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Harv63

Just read the details again. Questioned answered.

Barzy
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Barzy

Hi Robert, Would you be interested is selling the Hardtop separately, if the reserve on the car is not met. If so, I would be keen to discuss a price with you as I have a white TR6 without a hardtop. Thanks

SmithP1
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SmithP1

Hi Robert, could I please ask if the car has overdrive on the gearbox? Thanks, Paul

SmithP1
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SmithP1

Hi Robert, is there any reason why the boots floor and rear inner wings are not body coloured? Thank you, Paul

johngrundy
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johngrundy

Hi Robert , was the car painted white from new ,or has there been a colour change , has the chassis had any welding or repairs .

Jedeye245
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Jedeye245

Very interested. I live on South Coast. Is the TR6 up to a long delivery journey as it is or do you think I should plan for a transporter?

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