To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
Chassis No. CC79623U
Estimate: $ 13,000 - $ 16,000 US
The postwar Standard-Triumph Company, like most manufacturers of the period, found strong North American demand for its products. Export products were critical to the survival of the British motor industry, and Triumph acutely understood that returning American GIs had developed a taste for light and nimble British sports cars, so plans were made for a new line.
With the introduction of the TR2 in 1953, America’s love affair with the British sports car was in full bloom. Steady improvements led to the TR6, a car that marked the end of the line for the traditional English sports car. The TR6 was essentially an updated version of the 1967 to 1969 TR250 PI, which incorporated a 2.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine. A large part of the TR6’s enduring appeal resulted from its Karmann-designed body, which improved upon the TR4A design with a wider grille, an extended hood, and a Kamm-style tail.
Produced from 1969 to 1976, the TR6 remains sought after by collectors and sports car enthusiasts alike. In 1971, Road & Track described the TR6 as a “distinctive combination of qualities at a reasonable price”, and praised its excellent six-cylinder engine, luxurious interior, and easily-operated folding top.
The 1972 TR6 offered here is a very desirable example, as it appears to have been produced prior to the advent of the U.S.-mandated five mile-per-hour bumpers that appeared in 1973. This handsome roadster remains very attractive to this day. The car is finished in attractive red, complemented by a tan interior with dark-toned carpet, as well as a handsome wood-rimmed steering wheel, dash insert and shift knob. Underhood, the 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine is equipped with dual carburetors and is mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The engine bay is well finished and very tidy in presentation; other attributes include Smiths instrumentation, three-spoke padded steering wheel, British flag on the rear fender flanks, black soft-top, factory perorated steel wheels and a binder of select paperwork in regards to this cars past. 1972 Triumph TR6 Roadster