Will This Triumph GT6 See Daylight Again?

1968 Triumph GT6

Sometimes we see projects that we can’t help but feel sorry for. This Triumph GT6 is one of those cars, as it is a relatively rare car and would be fun to have once restored, but getting it there will be a massive challenge. Sadly, it might not ever see the light of day ever again. If you would like to give it a chance at seeing the road again you can find it here on craigslist in Canton, Ohio and priced at $1,000.

Triumph GT6

This GT6, according to the owner, was taken apart for restoration but they just don’t have the time to finish it.

1968 Triumph GT6 engine

Sitting next to the dusty Opel is what appears to be the frame and engine of this project. The car has been apart for 4 years. The GT6, according to the owner, was started and driven before the project started. We don’t know the condition of the engine, spinning or not at this point in time.

Triumph GT6 Bonnet

The bonnet (hood) is being guarded by a trusty pallet. Years ago the price for a replacement (the bonnet not the  pallet) was around $900.

'68 GT6

It appears the gauges are in place and maybe the steering wheel and column are parked somewhere close and are included with this package.  The owner only wishes to be called so if you have an interest in this GT6 with some new parts included please ring him up.

Motor-on,
Robert

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Comments

  1. Kevin Harper

    I am an odd ball and I like projects like this. I have purchased a couple of alfa’s in this state and put them back togather. But I understand the downside.
    You have to know the car well and it helps to have another one to look at when you are confused. Alfa’s I am good here , triumphs I am ok.
    You need to enjoy puzzles because that is what it is a giant three dimensional puzzle which will likely be missing a few pieces. Certain parts you will assemble and disassemble multiple times to get them right. It can be frustrating but exhilarating also.
    Don’t do this to make money. Only because you enjoy it.
    Purchase it only if you like it, and really like it. Otherwise you will lose interest. I like gt6’s but really only the later models, so I would pass on this one.
    1000 bucks isn’t bad for this but I would really try to get it for less than 500, but then again I am cheap.

    Kevin Harper
    BIF motors

    • Karl

      I had never really paid attention to the GT6 until I saw one that recently sold in one of the auctions, and I thought: Gorgeous car. However, I wouldn’t want to touch one that is not in one piece. I’m pretty good at monkey-see-monkey-do, but purchasing a car that arrives in tiny little pieces would not be my preference unless it was given to me.
      I think one of the biggest mistakes that would-be restorers make is to take the car to pieces right away. They think they’re making progress doing so, but what they’re really doing is confusing themselves, and when it comes time to start reassembly they don’t know what to do first or remember how to do it, get frustrated, and give up. I made a similar mistake when I renovated my first house. You’ve got to be really motivated and disciplined to dig your way out of that hole. So tackle one well-defined job at a time, finish it, and in my experience that will encourage you to tackle the next job.
      Also, Kevin Harper is right to encourage beating down the price as far as possible. There’s so much potential for missing or unusable items here that you really need to create as big a reserve of cash as possible to cover that issue.

  2. Rich

    In this sad shape I think 1k is a little on the high side. This looks like a 500.00 car to me.

  3. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    Lots of help available out there from VTR and local Triumph clubs–go for it!

  4. Mike S

    After you decide you REALLY want to restore this car, do you possess the three primary requirements? Time-Space-Money. If you don’t have at least those three, walk away.

    • Mark S Member

      There will be a need for skill too. And maybe tools would good JMHO this would be a nice challenge.

  5. Bruce

    I have a few words for anyone restoring a Triumph. I have parts you are looking for.

    Bruce

  6. Dolphin Dolphin Member

    Time, space and money are necessary, like Mike says, but when I see a car like this that’s been taken apart and then left sitting for 4 years it reminds me that another thing is also important: motivation to do the work

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