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The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
2/27/19 9:19 a.m.

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Why do you need a Triumph TR6? Because its timeless lines and long, successful racing history make it an icon in every sense–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You see, this roadster is a truly practical companion.

First of all, the TR6’s inline-six engine delivers plenty of smooth, relaxed torque, something that sets it apart from many of its contemporaries. That torque partners with the capable chassis to offer great handling in the turns. Combine that with its usable trunk and comfortable seats, and this car becomes perfect for laid-back cruising on the open road–especially if it features the optional overdrive or an aftermarket five-speed box.

More selling points? A long, healthy production run of nearly 95,000 units means good cars can still be found today at a fair price: Nice drivers tend to start in the teens. That also means that when it’s time to sell, there will likely be willing buyers. In the meantime, the giant aftermarket for the TR6 should help the ownership experience go smoothly.

The TR6 has always been a popular machine–even though its origins aren’t very glamorous. It may have looked fresh for its 1969 model year release, but in reality it was an update to a tried and true formula. Its chassis basics can be traced back to the 1953 Triumph TR2, the brand’s first modern sports car, but even then it had already supported countless sedans.

The body is also something of a hand-me-down. Karmann penned a new nose and tail for the TR6, but the rest had been in service since the 1961 Triumph TR4. Same goes for the TR6’s inline-six, which first appeared in the one-year-only 1968 Triumph TR5–known in the States as the TR250.

The fact that you could call the TR6 a mix of leftovers didn’t matter one bit. The sports car public ate it up, and sales remained strong even after compression ratios dropped and bigger bumpers appeared. To date, it remains one of Triumph’s best-selling sports cars.

You can also call it the last of a breed, since the wedge-shaped TR7 replaced the TR6 for 1977. All of that wood and chrome disappeared in favor of plastic. A chapter had come to a close.

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