The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 17
1970 Triumph TR6 Roadster
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


Selling on Friday

1970 Triumph TR6 Roadster

CHASSIS NO: CC50523L

• Desirable original left-hand drive U.S. model
• One of the most popular British sports roadsters
• Accompanied by black convertible top and car cover


2,498 cc inline six-cylinder engine, twin carburetors, 150 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-trailing arms and coil springs, hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 88"


Despite the strong early success of its TR2 and TR3 sports roadsters, the Standard-Triumph company was at a crossroads by 1955 following the sudden departure of its lead stylist. Salvation came by way of a chance meeting between Harry Webster, Triumph’s Technical Director, and young stylist Giovanni Michelotti, who had already created a sensation with his many forward-looking designs penned for Vignale. Shortly thereafter, Michelotti produced a finished TR prototype for Triumph within just three months, before restyling the company’s Vanguard and designing the new Herald saloon.

Next, Michelotti designed the TR4 for Triumph, which debuted in 1962 and was quickly followed by the TR250, which introduced a new torquey, yet incredibly smooth inline six-cylinder engine. Retaining body-on-frame construction and powered by the six-cylinder engine of the outgoing TR250, the new TR6 debuted in January 1969 with styling by Karmann, including a dramatically revised front end and neat, aero-efficient Kamm-style tail panel.

The TR6 enjoyed immediate acceptance and strong demand from sports-car purists. In its road-test report, Road & Track magazine editors described the TR6 as a “…distinctive combination of qualities at a reasonable price,” praising its excellent engine, luxurious interior and easily operated folding top. Steady improvements applied to the TR6 were made in response to tightening emissions and safety regulations in the United States and when production ended in 1976, many enthusiasts regarded the TR6 as representing the end of the line for traditional British sports cars.

The 1970 Triumph TR6 offered here was manufactured in December 1969. An original Paint Code 19 (White) car, this TR6 is offered in black with a burgundy pin stripe accent, over original Trim Code 11 (Black) upholstery. The cockpit is equipped with an AM/FM cassette radio and the woodgrain dash panel is complete, albeit dry and cracking in places. Equipped with a black convertible top, this TR6 rides on a set of Michelin tires and comes to auction with a fitted car cover. As when new, this 1970 Triumph TR6 embodies British-style sporting fun on the open road; as such, it is a good candidate to review and enjoy.

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