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    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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    CAR #Porsche-928-S4 / #Porsche-928S4 / #Porsche / #Porsche-928S4-Automatic / #1990-Porsche-928-S4 / #Porsche-928 / #Porsche

    Year #1990
    Mileage 112 480
    Asking price £14,250
    Vendor The Motor Shed, Bicester Heritage; Oxon; tel: 01869 249999; www.vintageandclassiccars.co.uk

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £48,900 (’1988)
    Max power 316bhp
    Max torque 317lb ft
    0-60mph 6.3 secs
    Top speed 165mph
    Mpg 21

    This S4 received a quick respray on its Caramel Beige to appear in the BBC series Shetland, but there’s a decent car under the blowover. The evenly applied paint is an attractive colour, but there’s a little overspray on some rubbers and the door shuts were done by hand – stickers and all. Its body imperfections are limited to a tiny bit of bubbling at the upper rear corner of the nearside front wing, a smaller one under the offside rear side glass, a slight ding above the left rear arch and a couple of bruises on the roof.

    The alloys are lightly kerbed or bubbling 996 Turbo Twists, with Hankook and Nokian tyres of indeterminate ages, but the discs look fairly recent and it’s been well maintained. There are six stamps in the service book from Glenvarigill in Glasgow, followed by 10 more from independents, the latest in June 2010, less than 5000 miles ago. Since then it’s had a cambelt, recon radiator and new water pump – there are three stamps for brake fluid and coolant changes, the last at 111,652 miles in September 2015, and it then had a cambelt at 112,030, following the first swap at 67,173. It also recently had the transmission fluid and filter changed, a stainless tank cradle fitted and new #ABS sensors at the rear.

    It’s mostly wearing well inside, with cracking to the leather and heavier wear on the driver’s bolster piping. Door trims, dash and headlining are all good, and there’s an almost full toolkit. The tidy #V8 has no leaks and intact air trunking. Its fluids are obviously not very old, and to the right levels.

    Fire it up and there’s a deep-chested crackle, but the exhaust doesn’t look that aftermarket. It feels rock solid, in typical 928 fashion; weighty steering from a firm footprint and a mighty, relentless shove once it gets into its stride. Gearchanges are smooth and so are the brakes, with oil pressure 4bar at any revs and 2bar at warm tickover. Temperature is steady just under 90ºC. So, all the important bits work including the pop-up lights and all the instruments (a 928 bugbear), but the left window and electric sunroof don’t operate (yet both mirrors do) and neither does the aircon.

    To be sold with a new MoT and the sense that, even as 928s continue to rise in value, sensible offers under the asking price might be entertained.

    SUMMARY
    EXTERIOR
    ● Solid; straight-ish; cheap respray
    INTERIOR
    ● Typical for a 928 of this age
    MECHANICALS
    ● Feels strong; full service history
    VALUE ★★★★★★★✩✩✩

    For Properly looked after, with plenty of bills and drives well
    Against Those hand-painted door shuts; hide needs a little TLC

    SHOULD I BUY IT?
    If you’re not too bothered about cosmetics (it’s not bad from five paces), this is much better than you first think. Worth a serious look
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