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1973 Triumph TR6 (auction ends Monday November 6th, 2023)
VIN – CF10615U
Engine No. – CF10726UE
Exterior Color – White
Interior Color – Blue
Engine –Inline Six Cylinder with Twin Zenith Stromberg Carburetors
Transmission – 4-speed manual w/OD
Current Miles – 47,746 miles (TMU)
Current Owner – Purchased by current owner in 2004 with 46,441 miles
Few British sports cars capture the heart of motoring enthusiasm like the Triumph. The successor to the earlier Michelotti penned TR4 and 5, the TR6 was a welcomed improvement designed and developed by Karmann. Produced from 1969 – 1976 the TR6 was one of Triumphs most successful cars including nearly 80% of sales bound for North America. Although incremental changes were made during production, the Stromberg carburetor CF series cars (beginning in 1973) continued until the conclusion of production in July 1976. Often regarded as one of the last Triumph designs before burdensome regulations, these trim chrome bumper cars feature 4-speed manual transmissions with robust six-cylinder twin-carbureted engines, 15” wheels, and optional overdrive which made for a very sporting car at an affordable price.
History and Build of This Car
According to the Triumph “Passport to Service” delivery packet accompanying this car, the first owner purchased it via Ralph Vesper Motor Company, Santa Rosa, CA on November 3, 1972. Accompanied by service records and information shared by previous owners, the first California owner enjoyed the car until it was sold to the second owner on Feb 24, 1984, with a reported 98,983 miles. Records accompanying the car include service invoices beginning in 1976 from Santa Rosa and Napa, CA agencies covering oil changes, brake work, tune ups, alignment, and clutch adjustment as needed. The second owner continued services in Walnut Creek and Pittsburg, CA including invoices for a new top in 1989, new exhaust system, upper suspension and ball joint kit in 1996, and new front seat upholstery in 2002.
In 2004, the current owner, a resident of Danville, CA purchased the car. Services in 2004 include wheel bearings, axle shafts, clutch repair, valve adjustment, a new slave cylinder, exhaust repair, and fluid flushes. In 2016, CT Motorwerks, Walnut Creek, CA replaced the battery, installed new spark plugs and an ignition kit, checked all fluids and changed the oil, replaced fuel hoses, repaired the accelerator linkage, replaced the right wheel bearing, installed a new transmission mount, replaced the coolant system hoses and thermostat, adjusted the valves, and replaced the valve cover gasket.
Today this Triumph TR6 presents in sound condition with cosmetics reflective of an unrestored but enjoyed vintage car. The honest cosmetics include glossy paint and factory panel fit here too reflective of age, but still quite presentable. The paint has aged and worn thin in some places but is consistent with general use. The finish has been digitally metered indicating original paint on the majority of the body panels, though it appears the hood and passenger side front fender have been repainted per thickness readings on both of these panels. The bright work, glass, and lenses are in good condition overall with some evidence of age consistent for a 50-year-old car. The 15” wheels appear original to the car, wearing older Michelin X red line radial tires. Because we are uncertain of the age of these tires, we recommend the next owner purchase a set of tires per their preference.
The interior displays a settled largely original appearance with pleated blue seats and carpet, and a wood finish dashboard. The dashboard has some cracks and the wood veneer shows signs of age but overall, the finishes and details are usable and presentable. Instrumentation is in very good condition; however, the radio is missing and, while the car is outfitted with steering column mounted overdrive, which is operational and ideal for highway use. A black convertible top fits well along with a clear plastic rear window, both of which are in generally good condition. A blue tonneau cover is also included. The interior is comfortable and reflective of original build quality albeit unrestored and enjoyably used.
Under the hood, the original engine is stamped with the same number indicated on the dealer passport pamphlet sold with the car when delivered new. The engine and engine compartment display features and components reflective of original construction. Though unrestored, the consistency and preserved finishes are rewardingly honest and reflective of enthusiast ownership focused on driving. The car starts, runs, and drives with generally good road manners and the undercarriage shows no indication of structural corrosion consistent with a lifelong California car.
Items Included with the Car
The car is accompanied by a black tonneau cover, a blue top boot cover, copies of selected service records from current and former owners, the original Passport to Service purchase pamphlet, and other Triumph dealer paperwork.
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