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    Ben Koflach

    Car #Triumph-TR6 / #1972-Triumph-TR6 / #Triumph /
    Year of manufacture #1972
    Recorded mileage 19,504
    Asking price £25,500
    Vendor Beech Hill Garage, Beech Hill, Reading, Berkshire; tel: 0118 9884 774; www.beechhillgarage.com

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £1536
    Max power 150bhp
    Max torque 1 4lb ft
    0-60mph 8.2 secs
    Top speed 119mph
    Mpg 20



    At first glance, this TR6 seems extremely encouraging and those first impressions continue once you start looking in detail. The Triumph was restored in ’93 by specialist Revington TR – the history file showing receipts totalling over £14,000, a figure that translates to about £27,000 in today’s money once you account for inflation over the past 24 years.

    What is more impressive, however, is just how well the TR6 has been cared for since that rebuild: the paintwork looks almost new and the engine as if it has just been overhauled, but this could be down to the fact that the mileage of 19,504 is believed to be correct.

    The Triumph is not over-restored, though: the black trim is nicely worn and supple without cracks and the dash has an attractively aged finish rather than fresh varnish. Although not to everyone’s taste, the 185/65R15 Vitour Galaxy tyres with white narrow-band sidewalls look almost new and there are standard powder-coated wheels beneath the rimbellishers.

    Under the bonnet, the 2.5-litre straight-six is fed by triple throttle bodies – the injectors and metering unit having recently been replaced. On start-up, the twin stainless exhaust pipes provide a pleasing note that only gets better as you pull away and accelerate.

    Mechanically, the engine and transmission feel excellent: there’s plenty of power from the alleged 150bhp unit, plus the four-speed gearbox with overdrive is smooth and free from any untoward noises.

    The servo brakes pull the Triumph up nice and square, without deviation, the sharp steering is relatively light and responsive while the firm suspension copes well with less than perfect B-roads.

    The TR6 comes with a large box of spares (including a set of left-hand drive headlights from a period spent in France), and is being sold by the current owner only because he has fulfilled a dream of owning a Porsche 911. It will be sold with a fresh MoT and is ready to start enjoying.


    SUMMARY
    EXTERIOR
    ● Near-perfect paint finish, although door gaps could be marginally improved
    INTERIOR
    ● Taking on patina; needs nothing
    MECHANICALS
    ● Strong and powerful
    VALUE ★★★★★★★★✩✩
    For A well-restored example
    Against Tyres won’t appeal to some people, but they’re easily replaced

    SHOULD I BUY IT?
    In theory, it should be a safe buy for the money with known history and excellent performance to boot
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    Matt Petrie
    TRIUMPH TR5 / #Triumph-TR5 / #Triumph

    Year of manufacture #1968
    Recorded mileage 62,700
    Asking price £35,950
    Vendor Former Glory, Postcombe Service Station, Oxon; tel: 01844 281700;

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £1212
    Max power 150bhp
    Max torque 164lb ft
    0-60mph 8.8 secs
    Top speed 120mph
    Mpg 20

    This TR5, one of 1161 for the home market and originally white, was restored a while back and, though the Jasmine paint is getting a little aged with a few small imperfections, it’s still perfect within the engine bay. Michelotti/Karmann TRs are notorious for inconsistent door gaps, but we’ve seen worse and here they are at least the same top and bottom. Its bumpers are reproduction items so they’re almost like new, but the front repeater lamp plinths are a bit pickled.

    The chassis looks solid, with no corrosion on the rear crossmember. The suspension has been Polybushed, plus it has Gaz dampers all round. The tyres are Goodrich Profilers showing plenty of tread, with an old Kelly Springfield on the spare, plus there’s a new-looking stainless exhaust. Mechanically, there are lots of old bills for work and parts totalling £7000 over the past four years, including a gearbox and overdrive rebuild. The motor is very tidy, wearing a high-torque starter motor, electric fan and Lumenition plus finned alloy rocker cover. Its original airbox has been supplanted by K&N filters, but the breather pipes have been plumbed in rather than left open to the atmosphere. The brake master cylinder looks new, while its fluids are cleanish and to the top levels.

    Inside, the vinyl is fine bar a split in the driver’s seat, the carpets look quite recent and cover soundproofing. The dash timber is good, matched by a wood-rim wheel. The hood is in decent order, with a clear rear window. It goes well, once you’ve overcome the low-rev misfire (blame the illfitting plug leads) with a creamy howl from the ‘six’. The overdrive clicks in and out instantly. Oil pressure is 55psi at any revs and it runs cool in normal driving. Though there’s an alternator, the ammeter shows charge. It drives tautly, with a firm ride in that slightly harsh way from the rear in which independently sprung TRs let you know they have everything under control. The precise steering is play-free and the brakes pull up straight. The TR5 comes with a Heritage Certificate and an MoT until 26 May.

    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR Good chassis, body and bumpers; minor flaws in the paintwork
    INTERIOR Newish carpets; split seat
    MECHANICALS Clearly looked after; drives well

    VALUE ★★★★★★✩✩✩✩

    For + A nice, well-priced TR5
    Against - But they’re now expensive

    SHOULD I BUY IT?

    Better than we expected for the asking, this is a perfectly usable British sportster with more performance than a Big Healey at less money. So, worth a look
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