Homemade Widebody: 1968 Triumph GT6

This 1968 Triumph GT6 has been stuck in project car limbo, with the current seller letting it go after discovering another, more compelling undertaking. Therefore, this GT6 is up for grabs, which has until recently been kept in climate controlled storage for the better part of a decade. Fitted with a very nice set of fender flares, someone clearly had big plans at one point in time. Find it here on eBay with bidding just over $2K and the the reserve unmet.

While I’m normally not a fan of bodywork modifications, the flares do look well executed. It begs the question what one owner, at one time, had planned for this GT6, as the current wheels sit disappointingly close to the body. Imagine if this hardtop had an appropriately staggered set of wheels – this thing would resemble a mildly pissed off Shelby Cobra.

The interior is in pieces, and the seller admits the interior is more or less stripped. The buckets are there, the dash is there, the steering wheel is there – but the door panels have been removed. It looks like at least one is still in the storage compartment. Surface rust is noted on the floorboards and the seller notes the frame is in surprisingly good shape for a vintage British car.

In the last 20 years of storage, the GT6 has only been driven 25 miles. The engine is turned over regularly to keep fluids moving around, but it still sounds like this is a non-runner at the moment. The seller also notes that the brakes have gone soft in their time in storage and need work, along with the parking brake. While GT6s are generally “available,” this fat-fendered project seems worthy of a closer look.

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Comments

  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Going to need a bigger engine to push any fatter tires around. Rather than screw up the looks of the body the owner should have put some new metal underneath so it won’t fall apart.

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  2. canadainmarkseh Member

    You can tell by the lack of posts that there isn’t much interest in this car. I think that it is because it is essentially ruined. The people that like these cars like them looking more pure. If your going to put in the wheels to go with those flares then your going to at least need a v6 to push them. Then your going to need a better transmission then your going to need a bigger axle then bigger brakes. You see where I’m going that’s why there’s no interest. JMO

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    • Billieg

      Agree. It’s a lot like building a Harley. Put in High compression pistons, big valves and a performance cam only to find out you need a super starter to turn it over only to find out you need a super battery for the starter only to find out Etc… and it goes on and on… A never ending “got to have new parts”…

  3. JMB#7

    Still, it might make a good weekend autocrosser…

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  4. bobhess bobhess Member

    JMB#7… That’s after you reinforce literally every piece of framework in the rear and put heftier cv joints in it. It will also need a limited slip rear with a different gear ratio. Been there, still doing that.

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