Here we have fastest, loudest most sporting evolution of the TR breed.
The use of a six-cylinder engine was not a new idea at all. Ever since the late-1950s there had been experimental TRs running around with six-cylinder engines, but for many years the sales organisation had shied away from the very idea; somehow they could not see a TR as a smooth and refined car. It was only the urgent need for more TR performance in the mid-1960s which caused their change of heart.' – Graham Robson, 'The Triumph TRs'.
Its sports cars having relied exclusively on four-cylinder engines for the preceding decade-and-a-half, Triumph turned to six cylinders to extend the life and improve the performance of the much loved 'TR' series. Similar to the preceding four-cylinder TR4A - the first TR with independent rear suspension - but with Triumph's 2.5-litre, six-cylinder engine installed in place of the old 2.1-litre four, the TR5 was produced during the 1968 model year only (October 1967 to November 1968) pending the arrival of the TR6. Restyled for 1969 by Karmann of Osnabruck, the TR6 sported a full-width nose and squared-off tail. Under the skin the chassis remained basically the same as its independently-rear-suspended TR4A ancestor's while the 2.5-litre Lucas fuel-injected power unit was unchanged, producing 150bhp initially then 124bhp from 1973 onwards. Handling was improved over that of the TR5 courtesy of wider wheels and a front anti-roll bar. Good for 120mph with acceleration to match, the six-cylinder TRs are arguably the most exciting Triumphs ever made, continuing to enjoy an enthusiastic following world-wide and an excellent network of spare parts and service providers.
As shown by the accompanying Heritage Certificate, this TR6 was built in early June 1972 and despatched to Genser & Forman Inc of Union, New Jersey, USA. A LHD model in Sapphire Blue with a black Ambla interior, equipment included disc wheels, laminated widscreen, inertia reel seatbelts, a heater and 185-15 Goodyear Red Band tyres.
Not much of the cars history is known until it returns to the UK in July 1991 and was converted to RHD. At this time it was used regularly and was used for touring around Europe.
The car has been modified over the years to make it a little more comfortable these modification include the fitment of more supportive Mazda MX-5 seats; Spax adjustable shock absorbers all round; SU carburettor conversion; blue top tinted windscreen; overdrive gearbox; walnut dashboard; oil cooler; spin-off oil filter conversion; alloy rocker cover; Kenlowe fan; Hi-Torque starter motor; push-button starter and a stainless steel exhaust system.
The previous keeper acquired the car in 2015 and had it bare metal resprayed and also fitted a new soft top and carpets. Although MOT exempt the TR 6 will come with a fresh MOT.
This is a fantastic opportunity to own an icon of British sports cars and if you are quick you might even be able to get the top down a few times before the winter arrives.