A matching numbers UK Triumph TR6 PI with 57,234 miles and three owners.
Steel panelled body, separate chassis frame, forward hinged bonnet and doors, polycarbonate radiator grille with chrome top and bottom bars, Triumph rubber heel mat, non-glare wood finish dashboard, two interior illumination lamps. Factory options; Overdrive, heater, static seatbelts, black tonneau cover.
The Triumph TR6 needs little introduction in the world of classic British sports cars and this prime UK example is a brilliant testament to one of Coventry’s finest. Finished in the striking factory colour of Pimento Red, (Code 72), the paintwork looks fantastic and boasts a deep polished shine and uniform finish. The panel fit and gaps are very good and the underside is very clean with no inferior repairs visible. There are some minor spidering of the paint below the headlamps and all chrome is bright and undamaged with only very faint pitting to the rear bumper and some tarnishing to the smaller pieces. The hood is original factory fitment and remains in very good order with just two tiny nicks to the outer layer and the rear and side Perspex screen are fully intact. All trim sections and original badges remain fitted and intact and even the first tax disc remains in the windscreen!
A very original interior will delight those seeking a TR6 that remains true to the original Triumph product when it rolled off the production line in March 1973. The original expanded PVC leathercloth with ventilated seat facings in Black, (Code 11), are in excellent undamaged condition. The factory original non-glare wood finish fascia with a completely uncracked padded surround is in excellent order, as are the black vinyl door cards where there is just a tiny hairline crack to the driver’s side door pull. The original Smiths gauges operate and provide healthy readings and the interior equipment operates as it should.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The factory straight six-cylinder engine can be confirmed by the engine number clearly stamped in the block as matching that on the heritage certificate issued by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. Displacing 2498cc, this UK 125bhp engine has received subtle reliability improvement upgrades such as electronic ignition. The beautifully clean engine bay retains all factory plates and stickers to include the two metal body number tags on the bulkhead, one fitted by the body tub manufacturer and the other fitted by Triumph. The commission plate also remains fitted to the inner B-pillar instead of the engine bay which is correct for a 1973 car. Factory specified with overdrive which is fully operational, the sturdy 4-speed transmission works wonderfully.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original steel disc type wheels with bright finish polycarbonate hub trims and chromium plated embellishers look superb. All wheels including the spare are shod in matching premium brand classic Vredstein Sprint ST 185 SR15 tyres as recommended by many members of the Triumph TR Register. The brakes are hydraulic divided with a direct acting servo and front discs to give positive stopping power and has silicon fluid.
The heritage certificate in the history file issued by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust confirms this TR6 PI was built for the RHD, home market on the 26th March 1973 in Pimento Red with Black hood and Black trim. Date of despatch was 3rd April 1973 to the supplying dealer, A G Wilson Limited of Leeds. The heritage certificate confirms further details including factory options as well as the engine, body and chassis numbers all of which correlate and matches with the vehicle. Finally, it is confirmed that the car was registered on the 12th June 1973 to first owner Mr Cuthbert Turnbull.
Remarkably the car has had only three owners in total and covered just 57,234 miles from new. Mr Turnbull kept the car until 1979 when a newspaper advert, the cutting for which is in the history file, was taken out to advertise the car for £1,995! A sales invoice in the history file reveals that the car was sold by Central Garage in Batley to the second owner, Mr John Armitage, for £1,850 in September 1979. Mr Armitage kept the car for 36 years until in 2015 it was purchased by the third and only other keeper, Mr Charles O’Donnell, for £21,500. Since taking ownership, Mr O’Donnell who is an avid enthusiast who always wanted a TR6, has enjoyed the car immensely and maintained it to the highest order with annual service and maintenance invoices in the history file. The most recent service and maintenance at a specialist in September 2019 is supported by an invoice for £856.55. Completing the history file is the original handbook and service data card, previous V5 registration documents tracing ownership and spare sets of keys.
MOT July 2021, HPI Clear.
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