The Triumph TR-6 sports car is the best buy today for fun and
profit without making a large monetary investment. Today, the
car is being "re-discovered" as a vintage sports car.
It can easily maintain highway speeds and can out perform many
modern cars. Parts are readily available and its simple designs
make it an excellent vehicle for owner restoration and owner maintenance.
The current cost of these cars is relatively low and the potential
for increased future value is good.
In the mid-60's, it became apparent that in order to continue
to maintain Triumph's market share of the sports car market, a
new more modern car with increased power, better handling and
more comfort was required. The TR-6 was the answer. It was first
produced in September of 1968 and was a combination of the best
features of the previous line Triumphs, in addition to a larger
The increased power came from a 6 cylinder engine displacing 2498
ccs and producing 150hp. This was an increase of 2 cylinders and
45 hp over TR-4. The gear ratio was designed to provide a speed
of 130 mph at 5000 rpm. The new engine gave the car impressive
speed and satisfied the performance criteria.
The improvements in handling came from a fully independent suspension
system. It was an improved version of the system used in the earlier
TR-4 IRS cars. The resulting ride was slightly softer but the
cornering and overall handling was not compromised.
The overall modernization of the car made it more comfortable
on long trips. Although the body was derived from the TR-4 cars,
it was slightly longer, wider, and heavier than the previous Triumph's.
The interior was altered to give more comfort.. The ride was not
as harsh and the car was quieter. Air conditioning was offered
as an option.
With the prices of the more powerful vintage sports car escalating,
the price of TR-6's are still attractive. Austin-Healey 3000's
are selling for $25,000, XK120 and XK140 Jaguars are more than
$50,000. Even the XKE Convertibles are bringing over $35,000.
A good TR-6 driver condition can be bought for $5,000 to $7,500.
Show car quality cars are only selling for $12,000 to $15,000.
At these levels, compared to the other vintage sports cars, the
prices appear to have nowhere to go but up. A $5,000 to $7,500
investment can buy a lot of fun in a TR-6 and still allow a good
chance of making a profit whenever you wish to sell it. The TR-6
is a good alternative to purchasing a new "so-called"
sports car that begins to depreciate immediately.
Inventory in stock at Tifton for Sale (updated every business day)
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