2019 Shannons Sydney Late Autumn Classic Auction
1968 Triumph GT6 Hurricane Roadster
|Engine||In-line 6-cylinder, 1998cc|
|Colour||British Racing Green|
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Triumph’s pretty GT6 was originally conceived as a fastback coupe version of the popular four-cylinder Spitfire roadster, again styled by the brilliant Italian designer Michelotti. To counter the weight gained by adding a roof, Triumph’s engineers modified the GT6’s engine bay to accommodate the more powerful 2-litre six-cylinder unit from the 2000 saloon. Launched at the 1966 Earls Court Motor Show, the GT6 was well received, with road testers singling out the sparkling performance, nicely appointed interior and practical rear hatchback for special praise. The GT6’s cabin boasted a walnut dashboard with full instrumentation, carpeting throughout and comfortable seats, plus a decent heater. Fed by twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors, the 1998cc six developed 95 horsepower and drove the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox (with overdrive optional). To keep pace with the market, Triumph modified the engine for the Mk II with a new cylinder head, manifolds and camshafts, which boosted horsepower to 104 and raised the top speed to 188 km/h, making it faster than its nearest rival, MG’s B GT. Triumph’s GT6 and sister Spitfire have enjoyed a loyal following over the years and in the early 1980s a bespoke English company run by brothers Robin and Martin Vincent began building fiberglass body shells to suit either chassis. Styled in the best British roadster tradition and named the Hurricane, the Vincent’s designed a lightweight sports car using affordable Triumph underpinnings, aided by the Spitfire/GT6’s separate chassis/body design. Contemporary magazines praised the Hurricane’s build quality, panel fit and road manners and the few surviving examples make a great alternative to the usual MG and Triumph sports cars.