No Reserve: 1970 Triumph GT6+ Project

As a Barn Finds reader, I’m guessing you are a little like me — you probably keep a tab on the going rate for classic cars you particularly like. In fact, I often play a game with myself where I imagine exactly what I would buy if given $50,000 or a similar sum. One of the cars that frequently makes it onto that list is a Triumph GT6+, known as a GT6 Mark II in the rest of the world. This 1970 model ticks most of my boxes and only requires some straightforward welding I’ve completed before to really start to shine. It’s listed for sale here on eBay and is located in Hanover, Pennsylvania. There’s no reserve and bidding is only up to $3,050 so far.

With ads like the one on the left (apologies for the sexist tone, remember, this was 1970) and personal appearances by the successful Bob Tullius and the factory-backed Group 44 team as well as Kas Kastner’s similar Kastner-Brophy team, Triumph made it easy for consumers to see what the GT6+ was all about — speed on a budget.

While this car appears straight and un-wrecked in all the pictures, rust has taken its toll. However, the car comes with some repair panels that should make putting things right well within the realm of the home restorer. I have put new floors and sills in a Spitfire (same panels) before and it’s not really that bad a job — and it gives you a great excuse to buy a plasma cutter and welder!

Here are some of the replacement panels that come with the car, along with a pair of seats and other interior parts that look like they just need some cleaning.

The smoothness of the 1998 cc inline-six is one of the drawing points of these cars. Most folks don’t know that although the Spitfire four-cylinder model looks similar to the GT6+, the Triumph engineers upgraded the front suspension, brakes, and especially the rear suspension in order to handle the additional power.

If you fit (6′ 4″ and up probably don’t), the GT6+ seats are actually quite comfortable.

The dashboard is upgraded from the Spitfire model as well, with face-level air vents and some more switches. You can see why the floor panels and rockers are needed if you look at the right lower corner of this picture. If any of you need advice on this repair, leave me a comment; BTDT, so to speak. I hope one of you picks up this sleek coupe and joins the appreciative group of GT6 owners!

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Comments

  1. nestor

    We’re not supposed to use any gender identification in any ads these days for fear of litigation for offending someone…Lets go back to the 70’s just like that ad !

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  2. A.J.

    Damn! Sold for that $3050. This would have been a great project.

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  3. J N Dwyer

    Love it. As a teen I had the privilege of working at an airport valet lot in the mid ’70s, and got to drive some very cool cars that I’ll never forget. The Triumphs were a special treat; really liked the Spitfires and even rarer GT6s that I got to see and drive briefly.

    There was one particular brown Spitfire that wouldn’t start when it rained. Another attendant showed me how to open the “bonnet” (forward – wow!), sit on the tire and dry out the distributor cap with a clean, dry rag, lol.

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    • Russell

      All Spitfire owners carried a can of WD40 … just for that purpose … ah, miss those days

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  4. Howard Kerr

    I had about 25-30 cousins growing up, one would graduate from college and trade a well worn 56 Dodge for a near new GT6+. SHE drove that car about a year before she realized an SUV was a better daily driver when the snow started to fly. I got to drive that GT6+, and I was 6 foot 4. After that drive I was firmly bitten by the small, sporty car, bug. I would eventually trade my Cyclone GT for a Spitfire before moving on to a TR3A.
    Nowadays, I am too wide to get comfortable in those narrow seats. And I am a bit too lazy to start with a project this rusty.

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  5. Russell

    All Spitfire owners carried a can of WD40 … just for that purpose … ah, miss those days

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  6. GREGORY BOHMAN

    I bought a new one in 1970.It was British racing green What a great car to drive.If I remember right I paid $3250 for it.

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