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Lot 394: Triumph TR6 Roadster

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Its sports cars having relied exclusively on four-cylinder engines for the preceding decade-and-a-half, Triumph turned to six cylinders to extend the life and improve the performance of the much loved 'TR' series. Similar to the preceding four-cylinder TR4A - the first TR with independent rear suspension - but with Triumph's 2.5-litre, six-cylinder engine installed in place of the old 2.1-litre four, the TR5 was produced during the 1968 model year only (October 1967 to November 1968) pending the arrival of the TR6. Restyled for 1969 by Karmann of Osnabruck, the TR6 sported a full-width nose and squared-off tail. Under the skin the chassis remained basically the same as its independently-rear-suspended TR4A ancestor's, while the 2.5-litre Lucas fuel-injected power unit was unchanged, producing 150bhp initially, then 124bhp from 1973 onwards. Handling was improved over that of the TR5, courtesy of wider wheels and a front anti-roll bar. Good for 120mph with acceleration to match, the six-cylinder TRs are arguably the most exciting Triumphs ever made, continuing to enjoy an enthusiastic following world-wide and an excellent network of spare parts and service providers. Originally a left-hand drive model exported when new to British Leyland Motors Inc in Los Angeles, this TR6 was converted to right-hand drive configuration in 2004 and restored in 2009, there being related bills from marque specialists Rimmer Bros, Cox & Buckle and TRGB on file plus others for various upgrades. Twin Stromberg carburettors were standard on TR6s destined for North America, but this example has been fitted subsequently with more user-friendly twin SU HS6s, breathing via K&N air filters. Other noteworthy features include overdrive transmission, Lumenition electronic ignition, lightweight alloy radiator, silicone coolant hoses, Kenlowe cooling fan, braided brake hoses, Mocal oil cooler, Mota-Lita wood-rim steering wheel, leather-trimmed walnut dashboard, stainless steel tread plates, drilled front grille, stainless steel period racing mirrors, mohair hood, tonneau cover, halogen lamp kit, stainless steel 'Angel Eye' spot lamps, Spax adjustable suspension, anti-roll bar link, suspension Polybushes, stainless steel sports exhaust system, MWS chromed wire wheels and Vredestein Sprint Classic Tyres. Finished in Gunmetal Grey with Biscuit leather interior, 'SAV 327M' has covered only 4,400 miles since restoration and is described as being in generally excellent condition. The car is offered with BMIHT certificate confirming 3 December 1973 manufacture, original handbook and repair manual, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2014 and Swansea V5C.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number394
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£18975
Year1973
Condition rating2
Registration numberSAV 327M
Mileage-
Chassis numberCF/16039-U
Engine numberCF16361UE
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors