Triumph TR5/6 Club. Triumph TR6 1969-76 // £15,000-25,000 So many two-seater open-top sports cars. So much fun to be had for remarkably reasonable money. How to choose between them? Easy... for ...
Triumph TR5/6 Club.
Triumph TR6 1969-76 // £15,000-25,000
So many two-seater open-top sports cars. So much fun to be had for remarkably reasonable money. How to choose between them? Easy... for me, it's the Triumph TR6.
All TRs have risen in value lately, but thankfully they're not out of control. The TR2, 3 and 3A are incredibly characterful but later cars are more practical. The TR4 is a lovely looker and far, far better than its ancient four-cylinder would have you expect, while the 5 and 6 give you the super-smooth 2.5-litre six-cylinder, which makes for a more relaxed and enjoyable drive at the expense of a little chuckability. The TR5 has the more classic looks but the TR6 is just as good to drive - and it will be a third cheaper.
All but the American TR6s had Lucas fuel injection. Stories about the system's unreliability may have been true back in the day, but everything is fixable. The fuel pump will likely already have been swapped for a Bosch unit, eliminating most problems. The difference between the quoted initial 150bhp and the 1973-on 125bhp may seem alarmingly significant, but changes to the way power outputs were measured mean there's little real difference.
Alternatively, the injection might have been ditched in favour of sidedraught Webers or similar, which is fine, while the US-market cars came with twin Stromberg carburettors as standard, with less power.
Parts availability is almost at MGB levels (very good) and construction is as uncomplicated as it gets, with separate chassis and relatively simple body panels. Uneven door gaps mean either a saggy chassis or poor restoration, and the worst areas for rust are usually around the rear suspension mounts, the differential mounts, the sills and under the battery.
Mechanicals are tough, easily fixed and uprated (much enjoyment to be had there). Overdrive makes a huge difference but wasn't standard fitment until 1974, and a hardtop is useful as long as you can store it.
There are still plenty of bargains in this category, especially down at the sub-£5000 end (think Spitfire, Spridget, MX-5 and even Scimitar SS1) but for a really usable sports car that can be driven all day -1 once drove one almost non-stop for 48 hours - at a decent price, it doesn't get much better and more enjoyable than the TR6.