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No Reserve: 1972 Triumph TR6

Here’s another example of a guy who bought a vintage car (a 1972 Triumph TR6 in this case) with every intention of restoring it over the winter. But two years later, a busy life (family and work) has caused it to still be sitting in his heated garage waiting for the restoration to begin. Now he’s ready for someone else to take on the project and is selling the TR6 at NO RESERVE. A southern car that is now located in Buffalo, New York, it’s for sale here on eBay where 30 bids had put the top bid price at $3,300 as of this writing. The auction ends soon (Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 pm EST), so if you’re interested, don’t delay.

The seller doesn’t give any history on this TR6 other than that it was a long-time southern car from South Carolina. He shares that he was attracted to the TR6 as “a fun restoration project due to the simplicity of the car as well as widely and readily available restoration parts at very reasonable prices.  They are also great fun to drive, very reliable, and appreciating nicely.” He also admits that “the body and paint and interior need attention as you can see in the pictures.”  

Looking at the photos, the TR6 will definitely need repainting and some bodywork performed. Based on the undercarriage photos, this appears to be a pretty solid Triumph. It currently has a passenger-side mirror, but not a driver’s side mirror, and doesn’t have the optional rear luggage rack which I think makes these stylish roadsters look a bit more British. There are no photos provided of the TR6 with the convertible top-up, so we don’t know its current condition.

Although you see many red Triumphs with black interiors, I sort of like the beige cockpit and it would be cooler than a black one on a hot sunny day. Overall, the interior looks a bit tired and worn, with splits in the driver’s seat, so a new interior kit is in order. The dash looks good overall, but there’s a plate over the top of where I believe the choke was, the steering wheel is missing the center section, and it has an aftermarket radio. And that red knob atop the 4-speed manual transmission gear shift has to go.

Unfortunately, the seller provides no photos of the engine bay that should house a 2,498cc (2.5-liter) straight-six engine. TR6s shipped to the U.S. came with twin carbs that produced 104hp when new. The seller says the Triumph starts up and runs well and that when he drives it through his neighborhood, it runs, shifts, steers, and stops as it should. According to the previous owner, the TR6 car has a newer battery, gas tank, spark plugs, and wires. It also has an ANSA performance exhaust system and a high-performance camshaft. With a No Reserve auction price, somebody out there could get a good deal on this TR6. There are many questions left unanswered but the seller seems ready to answer any through eBay or from his mobile phone. Happy Bidding!


  1. alphasud Member

    It seems as if I’m taking the world tour by manufacturer. Besides America, I have taken the Sweden, Finland, Italian, German, Japan, Canada, and most recently the French tour. I think when I decide to visit Great Britain the TR6 will be the most likely way to tour for me. Classic Giovanni Michelotti styling is one of his many hits. Great designs are timeless. Due to transport costs hopefully someone on the east coast will have a great classic to fix up and enjoy.

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  2. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    I want to go on that World Tour alphasud! This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.

  3. ClassicCarFan

    @alphasud – technically the TR6 was styled by Karmann (supposedly because Michelotti studios were too busy with other work to take it on at the time). Karmann did the re-working of the hood and tail, but it’s true enough that much of the Michelotti body shape introduced with the TR4 remains visible underneath – so I guess it’s fair to call it a bit of a hybrid.

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