As it turns out, both of these British sports cars are within one state of me, both are priced at $4,000, both are model year 1974, and they even have the same type of engine and transmission! I know which one of the two I’d spend my $4,000 on, but I’d love to hear your choice! The TVR is available here on craigslist and is located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, while the TR6 is advertised here on craigslist and is located in Columbia, South Carolina.
The TVR looks relatively complete, and if you spotted already that the rear window is out, it’s been taken out for careful storage and is intact (they are quite expensive). It is wearing the attractive factory wheels, and I think the paint would actually look okay if it were cleaned up and waxed. You can just see the fabric sunroof (factory) in this shot; most of the time they need replacement of the fabric, which is not as easy as it sounds.
The interior is intact but will require almost complete replacement. The good part is that these were only done to slightly over kit car standards anyway, so they are certainly within the ability of the typical local upholstery shop. The bumpers should be chrome, by the way, and yes, those are TR6 tail light units for the observant.
These are tight little cars inside with a high transmission tunnel that covers the backbone space frame. According to the seller, the frame is rot-free, which is pretty unusual in my experience. On the right we have the TR6 engine and standard four speed transmission. The only drive train alterations I’m aware of for TVR use are a cut down TR6 fan and a 3.45:1 differential ratio from UK spec TR6s. One negative of note is that it only comes with a bill of sale, so titling is up to you.
The TR6 is also unusually rust free (Howard A, pay attention!) and has just had quite a bit of money spent on it, including $1,000 worth of brand new tires. The paint looks like it could be original apart from the pinstripe, but I suspect not because the Union Jack decals aren’t on the rear fenders. While the wheels are aftermarket ones, they are quite in keeping with the car and look nice.
There’s a huge plus in this picture that is also validated by the overdrive badge visible on the rear of the car–the second stalk on the left hand side of the steering column is for the electrically actuated overdrive that makes driving a TR so equipped a LOT nicer. Seeing as overdrive setups to convert a TR6 without one start at about $1,500 for used parts, that makes this car quite the bargain! And, of course, you can put the top down for that convertible experience.
Here’s the 2.5 liter Triumph inline six, just like the TVR (this car has an aftermarket aluminum valve cover).
So which one would you choose? The somewhat quicker, better handling, lighter weight and more rare TVR that may have some title difficulties, or the topless TR6 with overdrive and more mainstream non-drivetrain parts support? I’ll share my choice eventually in the comments, but I want to hear yours first!