2021 Shannons Summer Timed Online Auction

1972 Triumph TR6 Roadster


Tuesday 23rd February 9.40pm AEDT*




Engine 2498cc six-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual with overdrive
Body Work Coupe
Colour Maroon
Interior Cream
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel
Brakes Discs/drums


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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. German coachbuilder Karmann was given the task of updating Michelotti's attractive TR4/5 styling, employing a wider grille and Kamm tail for a lower, more modern 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. Once more available with the 150 bhp engine, production of the TR6 continued until 1976, when it was replaced by the controversial TR7 and as a result many feel it represents the last of the traditional Triumph roadsters. The TR6 makes an excellent alternative to the more common MGs, with parts availability presenting no problems, added to which the old school driving experience of the six-cylinder Triumph is certainly more enjoyable than many modern cars.