Triumph TR6 (1968 – 1976) Review

Triumph TR6 (1968 – 1976) At A Glance


+Exciting to drive

-Harsh ride, hairy chested image

The TR6 looked like a new car, but it was really a very clever Karmann facelift of the TR5. All that was changed were the front and rear panelwork, which were re-shaped into a more modern style, including the imfamous 'grinning' radiator grille.

The doors and windscreen were still taken straight from the TR4, as were the underpinnings. Wider wheels were fitted, and were steel as standard, with stylish chrome trim rings to maintain the exclusive look. Inside, the seats were given a little extra padding, but under the bonnet things continued as with the TR5/TR250, with fuel injection and 150bhp for most of the world and 104bhp with carburettors for the USA.

The TR6 remained unchanged until 1976, when the TR7 was ushed in to replace it, but the relationship between the two cars was limited to the TR name only - there were no carry-over parts.

Ask Honest John

Should I sell my TR6 in the winter or wait until spring?

"What’s the best way to sell my low mileage TR6 in winter? Or should I wait for spring?"
It's always a bit tougher to sell a car at the end of the year. Potential buyers have one eye on Christmas and there's a drain on their finances - plus people tend not to be thinking about buying soft-top sports car... if anything they're generally looking at something a bit more practical and possibly with four-wheel drive if we get snow and ice! That said, if a buyer is in the market for a TR6 then they'll be on the lookout. You may find that while you don't get as many responses as you'd expect, the quality will be higher. But traditionally values take a dip over the darker months. You could try a two-stage approach, marketing the car to Triumph club members and enthusiasts before Christmas and then listing it for general sale. Of course, if you're a rush and you want to get the car sold then getting it out there to as many people as possible is crucial. We've got some tips on selling your car here:
Answered by Keith Moody

What's the better classic car buy - an MGC or a Triumph TR6?

"I'm dithering between a 1969 MGC and a 1971 Triumph TR6. Both are in excellent condition and both a little over £20,000. Your views would be much appreciated."
Hankering after a six-cylinder British sports car? Good choice. Personally, we'd go for a TR6 - they handle better and look fantastic. The MGC falls foul of looking like an MGB with a swollen bonnet. It also wasn't quite up to the job of dealing with all that power and the heavier engine did compromise its on-road performance. That said, there are many modifications you can make (to both cars) to improve their handling and power, but we think the TR6 has the edge. Both have fantastic club support and enthusiastic owners. And whichever one you buy, you won't be disappointed. Ultimately, it will come down to which one you like best so - I'm afraid - there's nothing for it. You'll just have to go and drive both.
Answered by Keith Moody

Does my 1974 Triumph TR6 need an MoT?

"My 1974 Triumph TR6 is a year from its last MoT. DVLA have taxed it at zero rate with the phrase “this vehicle may or may not need an MoT”. How on Earth do I find out? By the way, I have every intention of subjecting it to an annual check with my local garage even though it has done less than 1000 miles this year. "
Vehicles more than 40 years old are now exempt from both car tax and the annual MoT test, so your Triumph TR6 does not require an MoT test. However, a condition of your insurance is that you keep your car in a roadworthy condition so it's good to hear that you'll be getting it checked over.
Answered by Keith Moody

I'm stuck for choice on buying a classic - what's reliable, comfortable and fun to drive?

"Having just retired, I want to treat myself to a classic sports car. I'm even having a garage built to tuck it away. Problem is, I can't decide what to get. With a budget of £25,000, I've considered and rejected so many. Priorities are that it's reasonably reliable, comfortable on longer journeys and fun to drive. I've owned three MGB and (briefly) a Jaguar XJR 4.0-litre. Any thoughts?"
With your budget, you've got plenty of choice. Triumph TR6s are excellent and there are plenty of mods available to make it more reliable and more comfortable. But if you want modern-car style convenience in a sports car, you're probably going to be looking at a Mercedes SL. There's always plenty of Porsche to choose from (911 or 928 if you look hard) that have a grin factor as standard - or you could get yourself a super-saloon like a Mercedes 190E Cosworth. If you're not sure, try and drive as many different models as possible - enjoy choosing your next classic.
Answered by Keith Moody
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