Lot 280 - 1974 Triumph GT6 Mk. III

Lot 280 - 1974 Triumph GT6 Mk. III

Lot 280 - 1974 Triumph GT6 Mk. III

Lot Number 280
Registration ROB 461M
Chassis Number KE23429
Engine Number KE021446HE
Odometer reading 105,400 miles
Estimate £16,000 - £19,000
Result Sold - £14,716
  • Recent extensive restoration
  • In excellent condition throughout
  • Offered with a sizeable history file

A fastback Spitfire powered by the 2000 saloon's two litre, six-cylinder engine, the GT6 arrived in October 1966 with production running until 1973. Like the Spitfire, it inherited what was essentially the Triumph Herald's chassis and running gear which had already proved capable of handling six-cylinder power when developed for the Vitesse saloon. A comfortable ride was considered vital for the all-important North American market so the GT6 inherited the Herald/Spitfire's softly sprung rear swing axle, although the latter arrangement would be superseded by lower wishbones on the GT6 Mk. II. At the same time the engine received a power boost courtesy of the TR5 cylinder head and 'hotter' camshaft, maximum output increasing from 95 to 104bhp. The restyled, last-of-the-line, Mk. III adopted the contemporary Spitfire's simpler 'swing-spring' rear suspension. Brisk performance (100mph+) and stylish, the GT6 well deserved its 'mini E-Type' sobriquet and today, is one of the most sought after post-war Triumph sports cars with only 13,042 Mk. III examples manufactured.

Acquired by the current vendor in 2018, this GT6 has undergone an extensive bodyshell restoration completed in September 2021 and is now in excellent condition. The doors, bonnet and boot lid gaps are very good, with new windscreen and rear window rubbers. The front suspension has been stripped, powder coated and re-bushed and the tan interior is in good condition, having been restored by the previous owner. The seats have no rips, tears or holes and a new headlining has been fitted. The GT6 sits proudly on a set of very rare 5J x 13 steel wheels which were professionally restored, and powder coated and are shod with new tyres. The engine and gearbox were also extensively rebuilt by the previous vendor in 2017/18. The history file contains various photos and receipts from the extensive restoration, previous MoT records, and the current UK registration document. The registration number which is included in the sale is the original number allocated to the car in 1974. This is a wonderful example and one of the nicest we have seen.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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