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The handsome Michelotti-styled TR6 was produced from 1969 to 1976. While it appeared to be a new design, it was really a well-done facelift of the earlier Triumph TR4/4A/5/250 with some crisp and attractive front and rear panels, while retaining the side panels and doors of the earlier cars. It is believed that Karmann offered styling assistance to the project. Built on a compact 88" wheelbase, the body-on-frame TR6 featured a robust 2.5-liter inline overhead valve six ahead of a four-speed manual gearbox. An electric overdrive was offered as an option on the top three gears, which allowed for easier high-speed cruising. The underslung independent rear axle, first introduced on the TR4A, provided a comfortable ride. Weighing less than 2,500 lbs. without its optional insulated steel hardtop, the TR6 was a sprightly performer and could touch 107 mph. The vast majority of the almost 92,000 produced were exported, most to North America.
This beautiful Inca Yellow example from the final year of production was delivered new by Downtown Motor Sales Ltd. in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to the Windsor Pallet Company and Mr. Louis Calsavara, in December 1976. On July 28, 2011, the owner’s estate advertised the TR6 for sale, the car having been driven only 7,074 miles. A month later, the Triumph had been sold to its second owner and transported to British Columbia, where the long-stored gem was placed in the care of two well-known British car service shops, Octagon Motors and Ennerdale Engineering, to be brought back to running order. Subsequently, in 2013, the TR6 came into the ownership of the consignor, a longtime enthusiast with a passion for preservation cars.
The TR6 is fitted with its highly desirable factory-built insulated steel hardtop. Its original soft top was replaced by the consignor, as was the exhaust system and the original date-stamped redline Michelin tires remain on the car.
This striking TR6 is additionally accompanied by a complete history file from new, including the original bill of sale, factory advertising brochure, warranty book, dealer-issued Valvoline oil change vouchers, tire supplement vouchers, a directory of Canadian Triumph dealers, shipment invoice, and maintenance receipts as well as a tonneau cover, luggage rack, two sets of spare ignition and door keys with tags, and Canadian registration and insurance papers.
Now showing only 8,200 miles, this wonderful yellow convertible must be among the most original and lowest-mileage 1976 TR6s in existence. The car presents beautifully inside and out; the black vinyl interior appears clean and correct, highlighted by a leather-trimmed steering wheel and a dark walnut veneer dashboard filled with traditional Smiths gauges. The engine bay appears basically as new.
The TR6 was Triumph’s most successful model and the finest surviving examples, especially those with the beautifully integrated razor-edged removable hardtop, have become highly collectible. This extremely low-mileage, beautifully maintained example has been expertly detailed and prepared, and is sure to delight its next caretaker.