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David’s father wants a TR6 – so his pride and joy bravely tests one for him…

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - David Simis­ter FEA­TURES EDITOR

David's dad gets a go in a TR6, Calum's Landie's on fi­fire and Mur­ray's MX-5 isn't.

TEST MILEAGE 155

TO­TAL MILEAGE 94,326

LAT­EST COSTS One po­ten­tial TR6 pur­chase

THANKS TO Mo­torhub, Keigh­ley, 01535 288640; Clas­sics Cen­tral, Not­ting­ham, 0115 975 4030

For the last few weeks there’s been this in­fer­nal racket I’ve been try­ing to deal with. It started as a dull drone but it’s grad­u­ally been get­ting louder, and de­spite ask­ing my CCW chums for help, it won’t go away. It’s been some­thing I’ve heard most week­ends since be­fore Christ­mas; the sound of my dad telling me how much he’d like to have a Tri­umph TR6. Ev­ery con­ver­sa­tion about the MGB GT or Range Rover gets di­verted onto the ones he’s spot­ted in

CCW’s clas­si­fieds and – as some­one who’s pre­pared to do the miles to get the his dream clas­sic car – he’s been clog­ging up my email inbox with cheap left-hook­ers he’s spot­ted on Dutch web­sites.

But here’s the rub: de­spite clearly think­ing Can­ley’s six-pot sports car is the best thing since War­bur­tons set up a bread shop, he’s never ac­tu­ally driven one. The least I could do to thank him for all those MGB re­pairs is to let him know what he’s in for.

The auc­tion house Clas­sics Cen­tral came to the res­cue, point­ing me in the di­rec­tion of this 1974 car. It’s sell­ing it at its Bed­ford sale on 28 Fe­bru­ary, and. A quick blast up to York­shire later and Keigh­ley­based dealer Mo­torhub, which cur­rently owns the car, fired up the 2.5-litre straight-six, opened the near­side door and told me to en­joy it.

All I had to do was get it over the Pen­nines for my dad’s pe­rusal the fol­low­ing morn­ing – but no rush. TR6s are big fun and on the B-roads criss-cross­ing the bit where North York­shire and Lan­cashire meet, its sharp steer­ing and that lovely, gut­tural ex­haust note had me hooked. Even when the nar­row, twisty stuff ended and the Tri­umph’s bluff nose got pointed onto the M65 it proved more than up to the task – even though this US-spec car won’t have had the full 150bhp the car in our big Christ­mas test did ( CCW, 16 De­cem­ber 2015) it felt it had use­fully more in

re­serve at 70mph than my ‘B does.

It also has some­thing else in spades; the abil­ity to hook other mo­torists’ at­ten­tion. From the mo­ment I got a ‘nice car, mate’ while fill­ing up in York­shire to the Lexus-load of chil­dren giv­ing it the thumbs up on the mo­tor­way, ev­ery­where I took this Mi­mosa Yel­low slab of sports car it picked up cu­ri­ous glances and misty-eyed by­passers who re­mem­bered them when they were new. The wider mo­tor­ing masses ob­vi­ously agree with what we al­ways knew – the TR6 is a fine look­ing bit of kit!

If only it hadn’t been so at­ten­tion-grab­bing on the two oc­ca­sions it rather pub­licly cut out – in­clud­ing in the middle of South­port’s prom­e­nade, on the sort of busy night where ev­ery other car is a Peu­geot 206. I put it down to the damp weather, but an­other dab on the starter but­ton got the Tri­umph on song again. It also ap­peared to be wear­ing Eau de Petrol as its pre­ferred fra­grance though­out the week­end, so check if you’re think­ing of buy­ing.

I liked BSS 245M a lot – par­tic­u­larly once the weather fi­nally started co­op­er­at­ing and I fi­nally got a chance to get it al fresco – but it’s not me who’s think­ing of buy­ing one. Dad’s ver­dict didn’t take long to ar­rive; he loved the power and the noise, but the first thing he’d do with this one is get it con­verted to right-hand drive, and he looked a bit sur­prised to see three We­ber car­bu­ret­tors star­ing at him when he lifted the bon­net. For him it’s got to be a right-hooker with the fuel injection sys­tem of­fered on the Blighty-spec TR6s – and they go for rather more now than the £10.5-12.5k guide price Clas­sics Cen­tral is putting on this one.

So I sus­pect the sound of my dad go­ing on about TR6s is go­ing to con­tinue for a while yet. At least un­til it’s re­placed by the sound of a newly pur­chased one fir­ing up in the Simis­ter garage some­time soon!

Even when it’s freez­ing there’s no ex­cuse for not get­ting the roof down! Passers-by loved the TR6’s Mi­mosa Yel­low paint­work and the grunt of its ex­haust note. David could tell.

De­spite think­ing fold­ing roofs should be no more com­pli­cated than the one on his Eunos, David even­tu­ally got the hang of the TR6’s can­vas.

Al­though its oc­ca­sional habit of cut­ting out frus­trated David, in the right cir­cum­stances the TR6 was huge fun.

David, Mo­torhub’s car and prospec­tive TR6 buyer David Sr.

... and left-hand drive. Con­ver­sions are straight­for­ward.

US spec means three We­bers rather than fuel injection...

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