Unrestored 1973 Triumph TR6

Jim let us know about this 1973 Triumph TR6 that is located in Littleton, Colorado. The ad states “The TR6 is finished in its original paint along with factory rust!” You can see more pictures here on Craigslist of this little car including a number of pictures of the car on a lift. It is wearing its original red paint with a new top and restored interior. The seller is asking a strong $9,000 for this TR6.

As mentioned, the interior has been restored and looks great. The ad says that dash, dash pads, controls, gauges, carpet, door panels, steering wheel, seat belts, and the seat covers have all been replaced or refurbished. The electronics are said to be in working order and the British Leyland stereo works but will only play Beatles songs! The odometer reads 83,076 when the car was listed.

One of the surprising features of this car is that the frame and floorboards look rust free. However, there is a bad rust hole in the passenger front fender and rear valance. While it is believed to have not been wrecked, the car does show 40 plus years of dings and scratches in the factory paint. There is surface rust behind the convertible top boot, too.

The Triumph TR6 produced 150 bhp from the factory. The UK versions were fuel-injected and performed a little better than the US exports. This TR6 has a 4-speed manual transmission but no overdrive feature. We have covered some good TR6 projects on Barn Finds lately and the prices have been around $3,000. This car is clearly nicer due to the interior and it is fully operational.  Is it worth $9,000 given the rust in the body panels?

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  1. Charlie Mullendore

    The U.S.-market TR6 only had 104-horsepower.

    My brother bought one that had a fist sized hole in the upper rear corner of the passenger side rear quarter panel. Mud had packed in there and rotted it out.

    Fun car to drive. Odd placement of the key switch, if I remember correctly – kind of on the underside of the steering column.

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    Could be a good one. That clean underneath is almost worth the price.

  3. TimM

    Wow someone who actually took some underside pictures!!! Seems like this person wants to sell their car!! Looks clean and pretty original from the bottom!!!

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  4. Howard A Member

    In light of the DE-escalating prices of these, little steep for a non O/D car. I hate to keep making that point, but the O/D changes the cars demeanor drastically. I suppose if you never experienced O/D, people might just accept that 3200 rpms @65( right in the exhaust “boom” note, fun for a while, but like straight pipes on a diesel, it gets mighty old), might be the norm, but there is a better way. OVERDRIVE, baby!!!

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  5. Al Salvatore

    Seems like a lot of rust in hard to repair areas for the money.
    I would bet the rear B-post has been eaten once the rear fenders are removed.

  6. Matthew Gowdy

    Anemic on accel, soft brake pedal with long stopping distances, so so handling, A frame that is inferior for its use, You sit on the ground with iffy suspension, leaks water/oil/air everywhere and came with rust from the factory.These are the good points! lol. I was tempted to go this route several months ago But luckily drove one and a Spitfire. Bought a 1949 Nash 600 instead.

  7. tompdx

    No, the US spec cars did not produce 150 bhp – only the fuel injected cars did. US spec cars were closer to 110 bhp.

  8. Jim

    Looks like the seller has dropped the price to $8500. Seems to be a very host, well sorted car. At closer detail, it looks like the paint is just worn off behind the convertible top boot other than what Bruce had mentioned. Having owned a few of these and now most recently a TR250, the interior is expensive to restore, this just needs bodywork – seems like a steal… Would be a great start for someone to finish or keep the original patina and just enjoy it!

  9. Matthew Gowdy

    As they say in England, “Mind the gap (s)”

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