Drive or Restore: 1974 Triumph TR6

This 1974 Triumph TR6 is an unrestored example that has low mileage, no rust, and both tops. In the world of convertibles, the optional factory hard top is a prized piece of kit, and buying your old-school convertible with that piece already in place is a major win. This TR6 looks quite straight and clean up and down the sides, and with under 80,000 miles, it hasn’t exactly been over-driven. The seller notes the Triumph has resided in California since new, but it now lives in Sherwood, Oregon. Find it here on craigslist for $12,500, where the seller notes it can be driven as-is or restored back to new. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Matt H. for the find.

If you’ve been around here long enough, you know which camp I fall into: don’t touch it. Don’t touch a thing! The paint, yes, it’s tired, but it also may be original or at least a very old respray. The fact that the hard top matches so well indicates to me there’s a very good chance it’s original paint. The other features, from the chrome bumpers with the overriders to the luggage rack on the trunk lid, all suggest this TR6 left the factory as a well-optioned car and has remained that way ever since. The factory hard top on these roadsters is incredibly well designed as it fits the profile of the car near perfectly, almost causing you to forget it’s actually a convertible.

The engine bay is very clean, and the paint inside the fenders and over the wheel wells only serves to reaffirm my suspicion that the paint we see here is indeed original. The seller states “…all mechanicals done” without elaborating as to what that means, but the engine compartment certainly does look freshened up. The TR6 is equipped with a four speed manual transmission, and there’s no word on whether any clutch work was needed. There are no interior photos, either, but the seller shares that a “new old stock” interior kit is included with the sale, so perhaps that’s his way of saying you’ll need to budget some time for upholstery work. Overall, this TR6 looks like a survivor you can either drive immediately and enjoy or easily bring up to concours-standards given the foundation you’re working with.


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  1. chrlsful

    love it if the removable looked as good as the hrd top.
    Still a very nice car. Not sure but think its priced “for offers”
    & not firm. I’d drive as is & research a yr (8, 10K mi)…
    Then make some decisions~
    Thnx Jeff, I like it.

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  2. Frank

    Here’s a good example of a entry level sports car for a young guy or gal.

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  3. Paul T Root

    Sabrina bumper over riders removed from the front.

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