1972 Triumph TR6
Southern British Roadster
1972 Triumph TR6 Roadster
(Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1972 Triumph TR6 on a site other than GarageKeptMotors.com, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of this vehicle due to website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 215 photographs, including a short walk-around-and-startup video, please go to our main website: GarageKeptMotors.)
“The TR6 is not just a great car, but a sound investment….” –petrolicious
The U.K. publication, Classic Motoring, explained the success of the TR6 model with typical British to-the-point directness: “The TR6 was in a class of its own in the 1970s. A quarter of a century on, it still has few competitors that can offer so much and for such a modest price.” The magazine went on to describe exactly how the TR6 delivered that “in a class of its own” experience.
On power: “US-spec cars are good for 109mph and the 0-60 mph sprint in 10.7seconds, all the while returning a respectable enough 25mpg.”
On comfort: “The TR6 cabin was built for two people to travel in fair comfort. There is plenty of elbow room, a convenient luggage space behind the seats, and room for lanky legs to stretch, although gearbox intrusion does make the footwells somewhat narrow. The fixtures and fittings are not quite opulent, but they do have a fair sense of luxury about them. They are traditional too with the dash layout with the large rev counter and speedo dead ahead with minor gauges mounted centrally harping right back to the TR2. The seats are comfortable and durable….”
On ride and handling: “The ride is sportscar firm, which will feel harsh compared to a modern family hack (sedan) but never comes close to threatening your fillings. The front anti-roll bar helps make the handling more predictable, but the tail can still get skittish, wet or dry. The good news is that feedback from the road to the driver is excellent, so hustling a TR6 becomes a test of driver skill and control rather than a lottery.”
And finally, on the overall ownership experience: “…a TR6 is a relatively easy car to own, with simple mechanical underpinnings that lend themselves to DIY maintenance.”
Offered here in red-over-black is a pristine, extremely low-mileage 1972 TR6. The car has reportedly traveled a mere 19,000 miles since new, an astounding average of under 500 miles per year. As you'd expect, the condition overall is stellar. Outside, the factory-applied red paint retains its high gloss, the windshield and headlight glass is undamaged, stainless-steel wheel trim rings are unmarred, chrome bumpers and quad exhaust outlets show no damage, and all emblems are correct and in place. Red-stripe tires are mounted.
Inside, the so-British wood dash is without flaw, all instruments feature clear lenses and crisp lettering, the factory Motorola push-button AM/FM radio is mounted, ventilated seat upholstery shows no tears or other damage, and the black carpeting remains in excellent condition beneath Triumph-branded rubber mats. The knob for the floor-mounted 4-speed manual transmission shifter features a bright Union Jack insert, and, together with the Triumph logo on the center of the leather-wrapped steering wheel, offer discreet reminders of the car's heritage.
Under the hood, the engine bay is clean, tidy, and properly ordered. The 2.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with its dual side-mounted carburetors appears complete and well-maintained. Underneath, the frame, dual exhausts, and other components show only minimal surface rust. Not surprisingly for a Texas car, there is no body rust evident.
When evaluating any classic car, even as here with the benefit of the more than 215 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video provided on the GarageKeptMotors website, an in-person inspection is always advisable. We encourage visits to our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom for that purpose, asking only that an advance appointment be arranged by email or phone. In the same way, we are happy to answer questions over the phone or by email.
Virtually every automobile enthusiast, whatever their individual brand preference, will agree there's just something special about British sports cars. This TR6 awaits its next owner to demonstrate the truth of that out on the road, ideally a nice twisty one in the fall of the year.