MORGAN TWP, PA, USA
Up for auction is this 1976 Triumph TR-6 Convertible, finished in Brown over a tan interior, powered by a 2.5 liter inline-6 running through a four-speed manual transmission, with 49,976 miles on the clock.
This is a clean and original example, from the last era of affordable British sports cars that had been so prevalent for decades. These light and agile convertibles had been an important part of American car culture starting back in the early 40’s when American military personnel fighting overseas during the second World War discovered these little gems running all over the European continent, and brought them back to the US. Hugely different than what was available from American manufacturers at the time, they helped give rise to amateur road racing by being durable and affordable, and Triumph was at the forefront of that movement.
The TR-6 is arguably the high point, with it’s in-line 6 cylinder in a car sized like the competition’s four cylinder offerings, and was a success for the company.
This example is very original and complete, with some patina and fade from sunny days, but overall very clean which makes it a perfect car to leave unrestored and intact, a big plus in today’s market. It is in very good mechanical condition, and would be a good choice for anyone looking for a great weekend ride.
The exterior of this TR-6 is in very good condition, showing some mild patina, but with glossy paint and straight body panels. Up front, the nose of the Triumph looks very good, with an undamaged grill, clean chrome bumpers and trim, and proper alignment across body gaps. The black bumper overriders are a bit dull, but consistent and correct. In back, the bumper condition mirrors the front, with good chrome with rubber overriders that show some evidence of age, and a “Triumph” badge beneath the license plate area in good condition. Lenses are original and in good condition, and the chrome luggage rack on the trunk is in good cosmetic shape as well.
Along the sides, the pinstripe and Union Jack “TR-6” decal are in good condition, aligned and properly placed, with chrome on the rear view mirror and door handles in glossy good condition.
Up top, the black canvas convertible top is in good condition, though it has some color fade, and the rear plastic window has light brown haze beginning to appear.
The TR-6 rolls on the factory issue 15” steel wheels with chrome trim rings in very good condition, mounted with Nexen tires with whitewalls changed to the Red Line style that TR-6's were known for, with less than 100 miles on them.
The interior of the TR-6 is in good condition, with some patina and age, but intact and correct. The leather seats are Saddle and show some aging, but are fully intact with no pulling seams, rips or cracks. Armrests and the steering wheel are in the same condition, with some evidence of use, but no deterioration with fully taut and intact surfaces.
The wooden gear shift knob and dash show some fade and minute wear and cracks, but are complete and factory correct. All Smiths gauges and interior controls are present and functioning properly, as is the original AM/FM stereo, and interior buttons and switches show some wear and fade
The 2.5 liter inline 6 is topped with twin Stromberg carburetors and air cleaners, and the motor runs through the standard four speed manual transmission. Mechanically the Triumph is in very good condition, runs well and has no issues, requiring normal use of the choke on cold starts, but smooth idle and no stumbles or hesitations when revving.
Underneath, some surface rust is visible on the floor pans, but the chassis is mostly clean and in good condition.
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