1969 Triumph TR6 Injection, Project. Registration number SKJ281G. Chassis number 25608CP. Engine number CP26203HE.
Its sports cars having relied exclusively on four-cylinder engines for the preceding decade-and-a-half, Triumph turned to six cylinders to extend the life and improve the performance of the much loved 'TR' series. Similar to the preceding four-cylinder TR4A - the first TR with independent rear suspension - but with Triumph's 2.5-litre, six-cylinder engine installed in place of the old 2.1-litre four, the TR5 was produced during the 1968 model year only (October 1967 to November 1968) pending the arrival of the TR6. Restyled for 1969 by Karmann of Osnabruck, the TR6 sported a full-width nose and squared-off tail. Under the skin the chassis remained basically the same as its independently-rear-suspended TR4A ancestor's while the 2.5-litre Lucas fuel-injected power unit was unchanged, producing 150bhp initially then 124bhp from 1973 onwards. Handling was improved over that of the TR5 courtesy of wider wheels and a front anti-roll bar. Good for 120mph with acceleration to match, the six-cylinder TRs are arguably the most exciting Triumphs ever made, continuing to enjoy an enthusiastic following world-wide and an excellent network of spare parts and service providers.
It is important to note that the limited run of early 1969 cars are slightly different to the 1970-onwards car. The 1969 model run (unofficially a MKI) saw only 704 RHD cars produced for the Home Market and they can be readily identified by having steel wheels with Rostyle “tin-plate” wheel trim covers, a body coloured windscreen surround, a body coloured short trim bead located from the top of the boot deck towards the end of the doors, a steering wheel with dished black spokes and non-reclining horse shoe shaped seats, two piece side indicator lenses and tiger striped radiator hoses. The early 1969/MKI Right Hand Drive (G plate) cars are now extremely rare and potentially only a handful exist in original form; they have become a very desirable car and the most collectable.
SKJ was first registered on the 24th June 1969 and was the 611 off the production line. By May 1977 it was with Simon Childs of Beverley and our vendor purchased it in May 1978. At this time the mileage was at 91,648 and he overhauled the car over that winter, including removing the engine, shotblasting the cylinder head and fitting of new valve guides, the body received new panels and a repaint in Ford Venetian Red!!
It was then used sparingly over the years, an MOT in July 1998 at 10,190, 10,350 in 2004, 10,369 in 2005, 10,379 in 2008 and today it is at 10,614, having been SORNed for many years. In 2004 he passed the car over to his wife and the V5C remains in her name.
In need of recommissioning/restoring, the body appears to still be in sound condition having been garage stored, the near side front suspension had been dismantled at the time of viewing and has been loosely reassembled.
Sold with the V5C, V5, old MOT's, a quantity of receipts, various workshop manuals, a new soft top cover, and a rare hardtop, this TR6 will a worthy project for the next custodian.