Stunning Topaz: 1975 Triumph TR6

The Triumph TR6 is an often overlooked British sports car. The TR6 is a great option for the buyer that is looking for the classic throaty six-cylinder sound but does not have the budget for a big Healey or Jaguar XKE. The TR6 was produced from 1968-1976, they are not rare necessarily but nice examples are scarce. Restoration costs will often outweigh the vehicle’s value leaving a lot of poorly restored cars on the market. This car looks like the exception, with tons of pictures and documented work this TR6 is beautiful. Check it out here on auction at bringatrailer with a bid of $8,000 at the time of writing.

The ad describes the car as having a refurbishment six years ago. The car was repainted at that time in the factory Topaz orange color. I think the color suits the car very well, aside from British racing green this is my favorite. The hardtop is removable and a soft top is included but not installed. The steel wheels look great with red stripe Coker classic tires.

The interior is beautiful, a walnut veneer panel complements the black seats nicely. Everything looks correct inside except for the addition of cupholders on the shifter console and an aftermarket C/D stereo. The stereo has custom speakers mounted behind the seats. The floors have sound insulation added for extra passenger comfort. All details that make the car a better driver.

The 2.5 inline-six produces 105hp and 143 lb-ft of torque. Just for comparison, an Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII produced 148 HP and 165 lb-ft of torque, both cars weigh about the same. The TR6 might not be as exciting as a big Healey but will give a similar experience at about half the price all things being equal. The 2.5 is fed through twin Zenith-Stromberg Carbs. European models received Lucas fuel injection and produced a little more power but that was not offered in the United States. Rack & Pinion steering and rear independent suspension was standard on all TR6s. If you’re in the market for a turn-key TR6 this one is worth checking out.

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Comments

  1. greg v

    Sweet ride! Is it just me or does it look like it’s been lowered a little? It sure has a great rake to it. Never understood the black painted windshield surround on these… always thought they should have been body coloured. I’m surprised that these weigh the same as a Healey 3000; I always thought those Healeys were heavy cars for some reason.

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    • tompdx

      Agree, sweet stance, The front has definitely been slightly lowered – not sure about the back.

    • PaulN

      The windscreen frame and glass are the same as fitted to all Spitfires back to ‘63. TR6s used TR4 doors. Triumph didn’t mind carryover part use to save a few quid.

  2. Howard A Member

    Hardtop a plus, no O/D, a definite minus. Sorry to keep making such a big deal over that, it really is a big deal, it transforms the car into a comfortable cruiser. Regardless, this is a nice one, and if you’ve ever owned a British car, that takes some dedication. Every nut and bolt can be found, it’s just these aftermarket places want a fortune. Can’t pinch your pennies with a car like this. They are fun cars, just be ready to tinker with it. Mechanical know-how is imperative, as it will be something everytime you take it out. Using a mechanic for every little thing, will kill you.

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  3. Redwagon

    why do they call this color topaz? that’s so confusing.

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  4. bobhess bobhess Member

    Lot of aluminum on the big Healeys. TRs are all steel with a pretty hefty frame. I like the dropped stance as a lot of these cars look like 4 wheel drive off roaders. Nice car. Without the overdrive a 5 speed kit would do wonders for it.

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  5. Robert Mitchell

    Our Family used to have one of those in the 80’s. My brother had it for going to college and was a great car. Ours was a 1974 and had the Overdrive option.

  6. bikefixr

    Dropped poorly. Fix the camber so it doesn’t look like an urban ricer.

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    • KYLE ALLEN

      100% agree. The stance looks childish

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  7. bobhess bobhess Member

    Thinking the camber, after looking at the Bringatrailer pictures, is the lense used to take the pictures. My phone camera does that if I get to close to what I’m shooting. When we put suspension mods on these cars we put 1 1/2 degree negative in front and 1 degree in the back . If for some reason there are bias tires on the car then you come back to 1 degree in front and put 1 half in the rear.

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