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Droptop Fun: 1971 Triumph TR6

This red British roadster is located in Salem, Oregon at an asking price of $12,500. You can see a number of upclose pictures here on Barn Finds Classifieds. The seller states that the car has 165,000 miles on it but has had a number of items already rebuilt or restored. The TR6 was produced by British Leyland in Coventry, England from 1968 to 1976 with most of the cars being sent to the US.

As with all US version Triumph TR6s, this car is fitted with a carbureted 2.5 liter straight 6 cylinder engine and it transfers power through a non overdrive 4 speed manual transmission. The engine delivered 105 horsepower from the factory. The UK versions were fuel-injected and performed a little better than the US exports.

The interior and dash looks good and all the gauges and electronics are said to work. A rust hole was previously repaired in the floorboard.  The car was relatively light and handled well. This car looks solid and just needs paint and a little TLC. Car magazines of the day timed a 0-60 mph of 8.0 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph.

I think I might just put carpet in it, polish the paint and drive it. The TR6 has new tires and the wheels looks good too. Many of the TR6 projects that we have published on Barn Finds were priced lower but they needed a whole lot of work. Who is interested in this roadster?


  1. Howard A Member

    Well, this doesn’t make a lick of sense. We see several, even an O/D model , come through for 1/3 the price. I don’t think this car is any better than the cheaper ones. I just think the interest is shrinking on these, and fast. While parts are plentiful, you’ll help these guys put new additions on their houses, the parts are incredibly expensive. A friend with a Spitfire used one of the places, Moss, I think, and while the parts were there in 2-3 business days, it cost a fortune.
    Funny story. The other day, in my small Rocky Mtn. town, a TR6 pulled out in front of me, top down ( or no top). Had the classic worn rear suspension “squat”, was running rich, I could smell it, and we had a rare rain shower. The guy slowed to maybe put the top up, but must not have had a top, as he continued driving. It poured, and I’m sure he got soaked,,,roadster fun,,,

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    • stanley kwiecinski

      Hey! It happened too me to in pre. chiraq days. Had 71 pimento red. still dream about those days…huh..that’s why i was musing. any way it was rain not 9mm. still musing for those days.don’t no why! frame broke, lost front fake spoked wheel. had to aim at pot holes to get the wipers to work.hood opening cable unhooked? had to use a torch to cut a hole to open the hood . which started the wiper bottle on fire….geez. glad my 74 shovelhead isn’t so needy!

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    Nice to see one of these that isn’t full of rust. Round number best offer from me would be 9 or 10K. Well worth refreshing up.

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  3. angliagt angliagt Member

    The price seems high,considering all
    the work that still needs to be done.
    It does look like a solid car though.

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  4. Armstrongpsyd Doug

    I’m often amazed at guys who feel the need to add a negative tone or a snarky story to their thoughtful criticisms. This car doesn’t need much to be a fun driver, and if you consider what a new entry level economy car costs, it begins to make sense to add fun and class to your driving experience. Parts? Yes, cars cost money, be it payments or parts. The feel of driving an old Triumph can’t be matched by any new Car under $50,000. I enjoy the expertise guys bring to the comments section. The snark? Not so much.

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    • JMB#7

      I am with Doug on this one. Besides, it does not look like this particular TR6 really needs those “expensive parts” that others are referring to. Maybe someday, but not right now. Most cars that are +49 years old don’t exactly have “inexpensive parts” available. Many cars that are -1 year old have “very expensive” parts available.

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  5. Dennis

    FYI…Price lowered and more details have been added. Use the BarnFind page link to find out more.

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  6. G-W

    My concerns would be the high mileage and whether the engine has been properly rebuilt or not. Compression readings? Also, I don’t see any underside shots or details of the rear suspension. If the floor has already been repaired, there is likely other rot hiding close to the surface. My ’69 Triumph already had soft floors and rotten rocker panel structure back in 1974, so I have learned from experience to not make assumptions regarding body or frame rot.

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