Triumph TR6 History (1969-1976)
Offered as an affordable, six-cylinder sports car, the first Triumph TR6 rolled off the production line in 1968 as a 1969 model. It's intended target was to rival similar sports cars at the time, and although most were designed with sleek, curved lines, the TR6 was squared off at both ends, making it stand out from it's competitors. With just a seven year production span, the TR6 grew to become a true British classic.
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Triumph produced a range of TR models, from the TR1 right up to a limited run of the TR8, but it was the sixth car in the range that really stood out from a sales point of view. The TR5 enjoyed a very brief thirteen-month period of manufacture between 1967 and 1968. Less than 3,000 units were produced before the TR6 came in to improve on many of the specifications. Unlike its predecessors, the Triumph TR6 was more reliable mechanically, which means that there are many original models still on our roads.
The Triumph TR6 was offered as a convertible only, with a factory steel hard top available optionally. Construction was conservative - the body was bolted onto the frame, which featured a front anti-roll bar, semi-trailing arm independent rear suspension, and rack and pinion steering. Disc brakes were fitted at the front with drum brakes at the rear, and the iconic look of the car was completed by very distinctive 15-inch wheels and tires.
TR6 Engine Specs
The U.K.-market TR6 had Lucas mechanical fuel-injection (150-horsepower), while the U.S.-market TR6 used a carbureted version (104-horsepower). The UK fuel-injected version was de-tuned to 125-horsepower in 1973 by camshaft alterations and revised fuel injection metering. These changes made the TR6 smoother and more flexible. The 2.5 litre six-cylinder engine accelerated the two-seater car from 0-60 mph in just 8.2 seconds, with an equally impressive top speed of 120 mph.
Inside, a wooden dashboard (plywood w/veneer) housed a full complement of instrumentation. Bucket seats sat on pile-carpeted floors, and the luggage compartment was fairly roomy for a two-seat sports car. Standard equipment on the TR6 included a four-speed manual gearbox. An optional overdrive unit was offered, and gave drivers close gearing for aggressive driving, with overdrive available on 2nd, 3rd and top gears on early models.
TR6 Production Figures
The Triumph TR6 remained in production for a relatively short period of time, but has became one of the most popular and instantly recognizable cars in the company's stable. Most of the TR6 sales were in the U.S. - of the 94,619 models produced, 86,249 were exported, with just 8,370 sold in the U.K.
When Triumph TR6 production ended in July 1976, it was the best-seller in the TR series (this record was surpassed by the TR7). Of the 8,370 cars sold in the UK, over 4,000 are still registered with the DVLA either as on the road or as SORN declared vehicles.
The Triumph TR6 is an attractive, fast and very enjoyable two-seater. Of the many classic and torque cars made in Great Britain, it remains as one of the most popular. With unmistakable looks and powerful performance, the TR6 continues to be a hugely sought-after car.
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