2007 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction
1973 Triumph TR6 Roadster
|Engine||In-line 6-cylinder, 2498cc|
|Gearbox||4-speed manual (with overdrive)|
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By the time the TR6 was launched in 1969, Triumph's sports car range had grown up and become a lot more sophisticated than the primitive TR2s and 3s of the 1950s. With styling by Italian design house Michelotti reworked by Karmann of Germany, with wider grille and Kamm tail giving a lower, leaner look. The TR6 retained the straight six engine employed in the previous TR5/TR250 models, again with Lucas mechanical fuel injection for the UK market. The TR5 pioneered the use of fuel injection in the UK and initially developed 150 bhp, later detuned to 125 bhp to improve reliability, but failure to meet US emission controls meant twin Stromberg carburettors were used in America. The gearbox was a four-speed unit with synchromesh on all gears, plus overdrive on third and fourth. Inside there was carpeting in the cabin and boot, comprehensive instrumentation and a facia of walnut veneer. On post-1973 models, a number of improvements were made, including revisions to the interior and instrument panel, new black grille and front spoiler below the bumper. Production of the TR6 continued until 1976, when it was replaced by the controversial TR7 and many feel it represents the last of the traditional Triumph roadsters.