Lot 218 - 1969 13093 TR6
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,920|
To modernise the Triumph TR5 that had evolved from the
Michelotti designed TR4, Triumph looked to produce a new modern
body. They initially turned to Michelotti, the designer of the
original TR4 but the Italian was fully committed with other
projects. Instead, Triumph commissioned Karmann of Germany. The
task was difficult as Karmann had to produce a new body style
whilst retaining much of the original structure. The restyle
included a new nose, wings and a new tail. The result was the
'Kamm' tailed TR6. Produced between 1969 and 1976, the Triumph TR6
became the best selling Triumph at the time with 94,619 units sold.
The TR6 featured the inline six cylinder engine from the TR5. In
the US the engine was fuelled by carburettors whilst cars supplied
to the rest of the world, including the UK, were fuel injected. The
home market TR6 initially produced 150 bhp but was later detuned to
125 bhp. Due to their greater power output, the early models are
sought after amongst the Triumph enthusiasts.
The TR presented today is a very early, matching numbers example, manufactured in 1969 and with the early chassis number prefix, 'CP'. The last owner purchased the TR in 2000 and since then it has only covered approximately 1,000 miles since. The car was laid up in storage in 2006 until recently, where it had re-commissioning works undertaken. These works included four new tyres, a reconditioned steering rack, overhauled brakes, suspension and a full service.
The signal red paintwork, although not in show condition, presents well with no evidence of corrosion and a worthy note is that the engine bay is particularly smart. The chromework would benefit from some tidying and the TR still sits on its original steel wheels. Internally the tan trim looks very smart and original with the benefit of the original steering wheel, not often seen these days. The double duck hood works well with no obvious signs of rips or tears. On a recent short test, the TR felt remarkably sharp with the car having the added bonus of an overdrive gearbox.
With an MoT test certificate, valid until January 2015, this TR6 presents an opportunity to acquire an early and largely original car that any new owner would be proud of and especially given the very temping estimate.
Please note: The private registration plate illustrated in the photographs is not included with this lot. The car will have a designated age related plate by the time of the sale.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.