When it was new, the #TriumphTR6 was the king of the hill in the #BritishLeyland array of inexpensive sports cars, at least until the MGB/GT V8 came along, but unlike the 6, the MG’s V8s weren’t built in any great numbers, and it weren't sold in the biggest market for such cars - the USA. More than 85% of TR6s produced were sold in North America. A trad sports car, its only real rival here was the Datsun 240Z. The #TR6 was essentially a restyled version of the previous TR-5/TR-250, which replaced the TR-4's four-cylinder power with the big six from the 2.5 PI sedan. Giovanni Michelotti's earlier lines were updated by #Karmann though underneath much remained the same. As with the earlier #Triumph TR-250, unique to the U.S., American models came with carbs and 125 hp, while other markets got the fuel injection of the PI (it stands for Petrol Injection) and 150 hp. As a #sportscar it had relatively few foibles beyond those acceptable at the time (cramped quarters, poor ergonomics, complex top) - the 6 handled pretty well for its fundamental age (the chassis dated to the mid fifties), and much could be forgiven with those lines and that engine. It was much tighter inside than the Z car (owing to the age of the layout), but it was also a #roadster, so your knees might feel confined but you wouldn't. The real achilles' heel, of course, was rust - not that it’s a problem on this lovely #Magenta example. Quality ills were also present sometimes owing to poor components from suppliers - but compared to the situation with it’s successor, the TR7, the 6 was practically trouble free (I love TR7s, but early ones were notoriously poorly made). Fans of #BritishSportsCars in the U.S., generally being traditionalists, loved the TR6, as it still felt like a fifties TR, just more civilized and with more power, and it’s relatively long run - early 1969 into 1976, meant that it became the best selling of all the TRs until the ultra modern (by comparison) TR7 eclipsed it a few years later - the survival rate of 6’s is appreciably higher today.
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