Highlights 

  • A great looking example of a late model MKIII Triumph GT6 from the final production run 
  • Presenting in an eye-catching Magenta livery with plenty of bright chrome in evidence 
  • Complete with a pristine and faithfully original looking cabin 

The Appeal 

Standard Triumph commissioned Giovani Michelotti to style a GT version of their convertible Spitfire in 1963. He obliged with a sleek fastback design, but the extra weight of the GT body irrevocably challenged the Spitfire’s modest 1,147cc engine. As a result, the Spitfire GT concept was shelved. The more aerodynamic shape, however, was successfully adopted for racing duties with fibreglass iterations fitted to racing Spitfire underpinnings. Such was the success of the GT bodied race cars that the road car concept was revived in 1966. In order to overcome the performance deficits, however, the 2L straight six unit from the Triumph Vitesse was fitted. The final MKIII version of the car appeared in 1970 with the most significant changes encompassing a general tidying of the design resulting in better aerodynamics. 

This example of the six-cylinder GT6 is a late MKIII iteration and better for it. The MKIII featured what many consider the best suspension set up which had proved a little compromised in earlier models. Additionally, this car has been subject to a diligent and professional restoration resulting in a very impressive example indeed. Definitely one for the connoisseur. 




The History and Paperwork 

  • This example was built in August 1973 at the end of GT6 production 
  • It was produced as a factory right hand drive car for the home market 
  • The car wasn’t dispatched to the dealer, however, until February 1974 
  • That dealer was Archers Limited of the West Midlands 
  • The car was first registered in March 1974 when it was supplied to its first owner 
  • The Triumph has been used and enjoyed by 10 previous owners 
  • During this period the GT6 was extensively restored and repainted 
  • Numerous other improvements were made cosmetically and mechanically 
  • The current owner acquired the GT6 in September 2021 
  • At that point the GT6 had covered a shade under 93,000 miles 
  • Since that time the current owner has added around 4,000 miles 
  • A good paperwork archive is included with the car 
  • This includes the current V5 in the name of the owner 
  • This classifies the GT6 as a Historic Vehicle 
  • As such the GT6 is MOT and VED exempt in the UK 
  • Despite that the car has been routinely MOTd  
  • The current MOT is advisory free and valid until September 2023 
  • A number of earlier MOTs are present in hard copy 
  • A copy of the factory record from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust is on hand 
  • Numerous repair and maintenance invoices are also present 
  • These include the 2019 item detailing the £6,658 restoration 
  • Other documents include a number of period Triumph leaflets and ephemera  

The Interior 

  • The GT6’s interior looks to be in great overall condition 
  • It appears to be admirably period faithful and complete 
  • It is reported that new carpets, seat covers, and headlining have been fitted 
  • The dashboard has also been refurbished and presents in an excellent condition 
  • The seats are finished in soft looking black material 
  • The centre sections are arranged into vertical box pleats 
  • The bolsters and seat extremities are in a smooth finish 
  • The cabin floor is trimmed with new fitted black carpets 
  • Additional areas of black vinyl adorn the transmission tunnel and door cards 
  • A new light coloured, perforated headlining appears to be tightly fitted 
  • The dashboard is constructed from black vinyl top and bottom rolls 
  • Between these is fitted a wood veneer fascia which has been refurbished 
  • A range of white on black Smiths gauges are fitted 
  • Black rocker switches take care of various of the car’s functions 
  • A three spoke alloy and wood rimmed sports steering wheel is fitted 
  • The gear lever features the signature overdrive on / off button 
  • The luggage compartment is also trimmed in black carpet 




The Exterior 

  • This example is presented in a bright Magenta livery 
  • We know from the factory record that this was the car’s original colour 
  • Accompanying documentation confirms it was professionally resprayed in 2019 
  • This work included the replacement of body panels where required 
  • This appears to remain in an excellent overall condition exuding a deep shine 
  • Some minor areas of early deterioration around the roof rails is reported 
  • The chrome of the bumpers, light surrounds and other trim pieces appears bright 
  • Again, the brightwork appears to have been re-chromed before the current ownership 
  • The original marque and model badges appear present and correct 
  • The GT6 rolls on a set of 13-inch, Minilite style alloy wheels 
  • These are finished in silver and are fitted with chromed lugs  
  • The wheels appear to be in excellent condition all round 
  • They are shod with a matching set of Falken radial type tyres  
  • These are in a 175/70 configuration 
  • Cabin glass and light lenses appear clear and undamaged 
  • Chromed twin exhausts hint at the car’s performance orientation  




The Mechanics 

  • In the MKIII GT6 the straight six 2L unit was producing around 105bhp 
  • This originally endowed the GT6 with a 112mph top speed 
  • The 0-60mph dropped to 10 seconds and fuel consumption even improved 
  • Power is fed to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox 
  • This is fitted with a switchable overdrive operating on third and fourth 
  • This example has undergone some significant mechanical attention  
  • The car was rolling road tuned in 2021 and the car starts and runs very well 
  • The car has benefitted from new brake callipers, uprated discs and pads 
  • New brake shoes and wheel cylinders feature at the back 
  • The original brake servo has been refurbished 
  • A rear leaf spring has been replaced as have trunnions and driveshaft universal joints 
  • The owner reports that the differential is occasionally noisy 
  • It may benefit from an oil change going forward 
  • The clam shell bonnet opens to give unrivalled access to the engine 
  • The condition under here is excellent overall 
  • All the expected data plates are present 
  • The underside of the car looks equally well presented 
  • This area has been finished with the appropriate amount of underseal  




Summary 


The GT6 was a great addition to the Triumph range adding a welcome injection of Italian design allure and sophistication to the Spitfire concept. So much so that it soon became known as the “poor man’s E-Type.” The MKIII cars put to death the unsophisticated and outclassed rear suspension carried over of earlier models.  With transformed handling came an end to the awful sagging rear end and the extreme negative camber. 

With over £16,000 spent on bringing this GT6 up to the sublime standard we see today, this is definitely a car for the enthusiast or connoisseur. It is one of those British classics which is very hard to fault with just some minor paintwork required to bring it up to a show winning condition. Examples of this standard are becoming rare so bid early to avoid missing out. 
 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1974
  • Make Triumph
  • Model Gt6
  • Colour Magenta
  • Odometer 97,246 Miles
  • Engine size 1998
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Flintshire
  • Location Wales
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 8 bidders
  • Pm•••• £11,250 06/09/23
  • ro•••• £11,000 06/09/23
  • Pm•••• £10,750 06/09/23
  • ro•••• £10,750 15/09/23
  • ro•••• £10,500 06/09/23
  • st•••• £10,250 06/09/23
  • ha•••• £9,750 06/09/23
  • st•••• £9,650 06/09/23
  • br•••• £9,000 06/09/23
  • ro•••• £8,500 05/09/23

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