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Stored 45 Years! 1969 Triumph GT6+

British manufacturer Triumph introduced their Spitfire two-seater back in 1962, with a continuous run of vehicles lasting all the way through 1980.  Not long after the Spitfire went into production, development began on a GT model, which would incorporate a fastback design and utilize a 6 cylinder engine instead of the 4.  The result was the Triumph GT6, which had a 9-year production run from 1966 through 1973.  Although the GT6 didn’t last as many model years as the Spitfire, Triumph still managed to sell nearly 40,000 of them, and if you’ve been looking for a mid-production era example this 1969 Triumph GT6+ may be a good car for you.  Located in Novi, Michigan, it can be seen here on eBay with a current bid of $5,655 and the reserve not yet met.

The seller says the GT6+ has been in the family for more than 50 years.  The long-time owner purchased it from his brother, who had driven the car in High School and college, and the GT6+ has now been stored for the last 45 years.  Even though the car has only been driven 29,000 miles, the body has several dents and some rust, although the frame is said to be in excellent condition with no rust or other issues.

The original interior is in better-preserved condition than the exterior, with the seller calling the seats fantastic, and judging from the photo they really do look to be in top-notch shape.  The door panels and headliner are also said to be in nice condition, as is the dashboard, and the dash pad is described as perfect.

The transmission developed issues early in the car’s life, and although the transmission was rebuilt and a new clutch assembly purchased, they were never put back in so the car has not been started in years and is currently not running.  The seller has not been able to determine whether or not the engine will still turn over and is very forthright in saying that both the engine and transmission will need to be completely gone through.

While this GT6+ does need some work, it is mostly complete and if you’ve got the mechanical skills it may not take an enormous amount of effort to make this one a decent driver.  Interestingly, a second GT6 can be seen in a couple of the pictures, although there is no mention of that car anywhere.  What are your thoughts about this 1969 Triumph GT6+?

Comments

  1. Slomoogee

    This GT6 looks like it was rode hard and put away wet, and we haven’t seen the underside. I think the reserve on this one even given the t v auction haze that has happened in this hobby is more than optimistic.

    Like 5
  2. Ric

    I stopped reading when I saw the hub caps

    Like 9
  3. Wayne

    I always liked the style of these and got to drive one once. I was hooked. I would still like a non-rusty one for a good price. The rusted out battery box and the wheels covers are a big turn off.

    Like 5
  4. RoughDiamond Member

    More often than not, it seems this model of Triump tends to be in rough shape.

    Like 2
    • Howard A Member

      I think with these, the “fixed head” allowed people to drive these through the winter, like MGB-GT’s, something I bet most never dreamed of when they left merry old England.

      Like 3
  5. bobhess bobhess Member

    One of my favorite cars. This one has rust that will require a lot of time and money. A good check of the underside would be a good idea for anyone thinking about buying this car.

    Like 3
  6. BOB LOVERIDGE

    I had a 68 as my first car and my last nightmare. I drove my parents car more during the time that I owned it just chasing parts. Trying to find parts at the dealer was a joke because you had to take the part to the dealer to match it up as what they put in at the factory was not consistent. it was a case of what was on the shelf is what they put in. Kind of fun to drive but now i see them and can not believe how small that POS was. Got a 240Z next and there was no comparison and the value of each car today reflects that.

    • Cdice

      Had a ’63 MGB. Water pump went out. Bought new one from BAP/GEON. Exact same pump except the mounting tabs and corresponding holes were the exact opposite from my block. WTH?!! Ground off the tabs and put extra sealer on it.

  7. bikefixr

    Stored for 45 years…where, in a salt lagoon?

    Like 2
  8. bill Member

    I had a similar GT6+ (69) and the tranny was a weak, but the OD was strong… the OEM hubcaps were always flying off… so not a big deal… overall this is a very nice GT6+.. never had seen powder blue interior before… might take a swing at this one,,,

  9. Roland Schoenke

    Love the styling of British cars, but not the mechanical/electrical. I was lined up to buy a GT6 but the owner backed out, my plan was to resto-mod it with a Toyota straight 6, 5spd. transmission, and my own electrical.

    Like 1
  10. Kevin Kendall

    Know where one is with a tree growing through it,”gonna restore it eventually” that was 15 yrs ago

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