No Reserve – 1973 Triumph TR-6

This 1973 Triumph TR6 is being sold here on eBay at no reserve. The pictures indicate that this is a nice example of the venerable British sports car. With one day remaining in the auction, the TR6 is bid to $10,400 after 35 bids. The car is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The odometer reflects just 68,000 miles.

The seller states that quite a bit of mechanical work has been completed recently including work on the ignition system, cooling system, fuel system and brakes. The heads have received a valve job and a new gasket. The engine is said to be leak free and the seller installed a new batter and alternator. The Triumph TR6 was rated at 104 hp from the factory in the United States. 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.

The interior looks to be original and the black bucket seats are showing some wear with the stitches coming apart. The seller notes that a new carpet kit was recently installed. The wood dash is showing its age and will need to be refinished at some point. The original Smith gauges are in working order and the weatherstripping around the doors was recently replaced. Car magazines in the early 1970’s claimed a 0-60 time of 8 to 9 seconds in their reviews and road tests. I had a friend in high school with a TR6, and while it was fun to drive, it was not super powerful.

The TR6 was produced in by British Leyland in Coventry, England from 1968 to 1976. The 1973 model was the last year of the steel bumpers before the larger black rubber bumpers were standard in 1974. The body on this Triumph appears to be straight and does not show signs of rust or rot. The convertible top still looks nice and will not need replacement.

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  1. Dunk

    I am in love. I took my written driver’s test and my mom gave me the keys and said, you might as well start driving. I disagree with previous post. My uncle had it up to 105 mph and one day I booted it and it saved my life on the highway… passenger nearly died of fright. He said, ‘ if you thought about what you just did, we would have been dead…. just basic instinct

  2. Armstrongpsyd Armstrongpsyd Member

    This is a great deal. I just did a five year resto in my 58 TR3, and TR6s were greatly improved machines. Back in the early seventies driving my 124 Spider back and forth across the country, I’d race every TR6 and 914 that I’d see. It was always “game on” when we see each other, perfect strangers with identical attitudes. TR6s were predictably faster and 914s cornered better. The 124 Spider was a good balance and held its own. TR6 are all the fun you ever need to have, and for under 15k, why not have all the fun?

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  3. Armstrongpsyd Armstrongpsyd Member

    This is a great deal. I just did a five year resto in my 58 TR3, and TR6s were greatly improved machines. Back in the early seventies driving my 124 Spider back and forth across the country, I’d race every TR6 and 914 that I’d see. It was always “game on” when we see each other, perfect strangers with identical attitudes. TR6s were predictably faster and 914s cornered better. The 124 Spider was a good balance and held its own. TR6 are all the fun you ever need to have, and for under 15k, why not have all the fun?

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  4. tompdx Member

    The fuel injected versions performed “a little better”? More like 50% better. With 150BHP, the TR6PI (petrol injection) is a beast.

    Still, the US version is a great car. I owned a TR6 for about a year, and a TR250 for 28 years, a few years of which it had fuel injection installed, and I loved every moment behind the wheel.

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  5. Blueprint

    The TR6 received black bumper guards but always kept its chrome bumpers right through production end in 1976. Great little roadsters, I own a ‘75 in Mimosa yellow 🙂

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  6. Super Glide

    I always liked this car model. There were problems, but if you’re taking it to the local car shows it would be perfect.

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  7. Mark

    I think you are mistaken on the years made for the TR -6’s, ’69 was the first year, 1968 was the TR-250, basically a TR-4 with a TR-6 6 cyl. motor in it. (My first car luckily)

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  8. JMB#7

    Always wanted a TR6. Drove several TR6 and GT6, and owned a TR4A. Has anyone had experience with adding one of the aftermarket EFI systems to a TR6. Also were there other differences on the PI engines?

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    • tompdx Member

      I don’t know about aftermarket systems, but the PI engines were not EFI, but rather a mechanical fuel injection. It was a Bosch/Lucas system that required about 135 psi of fuel pressure, if I recall correctly. The PI engines also had higher compression, 9:1 instead of 8:1.

      I installed the PI system on my stock US TR 250 engine. The performance was phenomenal. I went through a few sets of rear tires, rear end mounts, a rear end, and universal joints (what can I say, I was in my 20’s).

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      • JMB#7

        tompdx, thank you for the reply. I do recall hearing that before about factory PI cars having the higher compression ratio. I am familiar with Kugelfischer mechanical injection and assumed that the Lucas/Bosch system on the Triumph was similar in operation. There are plenty of aftermarket EFI systems available, and they are very easy to tune. It seems that it would be easy to adapt a version for a side draft arrangement, and would be ideal on many of these cars.

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  9. tompdx Member

    @ JMB#7 – another engine mod seen occasionally on TRs is an aftermarket supercharger. Moss sells one for $5k (ouch!) that is probably worth the money if it produces the claimed 50% increase in hp.

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