Tri­umph TR6

EN­GINE 2498cc/6-cyl/OHV POWER 150bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 164lb ft@3500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 119mph 0-60MPH 8.2sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 21-26mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, 4-speed man+o/d MoT 12 months from sale ODOME­TER 88,355 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Matt Richard­son

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? There’s no slack to the steer­ing sys­tem, which is di­rect and of­fers up plenty of feed­back. Ac­cel­er­a­tion feels bru­tal, though the car is well con­trolled. It’s easy to se­lect gears in the man­ual gear­box, even if the clutch is a lit­tle heavy. The ex­haust note is loud un­der load, but drop­ping into over­drive in third or fourth gear qui­etens the drone. The brakes aren’t grabby so don’t ini­tially feel strong, but bite im­proves the harder you push and they stop the car straight and true. BODY­WORK CHECK The car un­der­went restora­tion in 2015, dur­ing which the colour changed from its orig­i­nal M agenta pur­ple to red. The paint fin­ish is ex­cel­lent and panel gaps are even. There are no dents or park­ing dings, but there’s a small blis­ter in the bot­tom rear cor­ner of each door. The hood looks like new with no cracks or creases in the clear plas­tic rear win­dows. There’s some pit­ting to the chrome bumpers but the twin ex­hausts look as good as they sound. The sil­ver-painted steel wheels are tidy and fit­ted with re­cent-look­ing Con­ti­nen­tal Premi­umCon­tact 205/60 R15 tyres which have plenty of tread re­main­ing. HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR? This car has cov­ered just 1000 miles since its restora­tion, so the black bucket seats look barely used. The re­cent-look­ing black car­pet is also in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and in­er­tia reel seat­belts are fit­ted. The orig­i­nal wooden dash­board ve­neer isn’t cracked or peel­ing, just a lit­tle flat look­ing. The wood-rimmed steer­ing wheel fit­ted has a nice patina and is com­fort­able to hold, but off­set oddly to the left while the ped­als are far over to the right. An af­ter­mar­ket Phillips ra­dio cas­sette player has been in­stalled with speak­ers fit­ted be­hind the seats. UN­DER THE BONNET The orig­i­nal match­ing num­bers en­gine block is sup­plied with the car, but the mo­tor ac­tu­ally fit­ted has been fully re­built with a re­place­ment block, large air fil­ter, elec­tronic points in the dis­trib­u­tor and an elec­tric fan with stain­less cowl and mod­ern horns. It starts and idles eas­ily with no un­to­ward ex­haust smoke or ob­vi­ous leaks. Prop­erly set-up Lu­cas me­chan­i­cal fuel in­jec­tion is an ad­di­tional bonus. The over­drive works promptly on the top two gears and there are no sus­pi­cious sounds from the trans­mis­sion or firmly sprung sus­pen­sion. THE CCW VIEW Hav­ing cov­ered fewer than 4000 miles since 1998 and then re­cently ex­ten­sively re­built and re­stored, this is a great op­por­tu­nity to get into a hand­some and pow­er­ful Tri­umph TR in time for sum­mer. The two rust blis­ters on the doors shouldn’t de­ter buy­ers be­cause the car’s over­all con­di­tion is oth­er­wise ex­cel­lent. It has also just been ser­viced and will come with an MoT.

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