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    Was perusing eBay and saw this ad for a banner https://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Triu...YAAOSwNxlbdFTN anybody ever heard of a TR6 referred to as “Big Mother”? Maybe by the Isetta crowd.... LOL
    I72 Pimento w/overdrive

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    Hey Lou, that's our color....I think you should buy it and check it out, then if you don't like it, I'll put it in the LBC Cathedral.

    Cheers,

    Wolf
    76 TR6 CF58170UO (The Lady)
    72 TR6 CC80068UO (The Slut)
    68 TR250 CD4893L (retirement project)

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    • #3
      I think "Big Mother" may refer to the youthful looking woman.
      Walt
      CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
      poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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      • #4
        There was a TR6 ad back in the 70s that called it a "Big Mother".

        Ed
        For just a little more, you can do it yourself!

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        • #5
          That’s what the banner guy said ed, I would love to see it.

          edit: Googled it and found it right away

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          I72 Pimento w/overdrive

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          • #6
            William Kimberley's book about the TR6 talks about the "Big Mother" moniker in a chapter. It sheds some more light on the specific American marketing push at the time. A great read.

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            • #7
              I have that ad framed and hanging in my family room. It was a black and white print ad from the era. I took a pic of the one in my house, but there's some glare from reflections in the glass.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wolf76STL View Post
                Hey Lou, that's our color....I think you should buy it and check it out, then if you don't like it, I'll put it in the LBC Cathedral....
                Kevin---The seller also is offering a similar banner with a BRG TR6: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Triu...t/183568599041 . If you buy it AND the red one, both TR6 stalls in the Cathedral will be properly adorned! Better hustle, though. The auction for the BRG banner ends on Jan. 3.

                Warren
                1972 TR6, CC83395U, Sienna Brown / New Tan.
                2d owner; purchased in 1974; daily driver until 1980.
                Original US dealer: Continental Motors, Inc., Wichita, KS.
                Original sale to 1st owner occurred Oct. 16, 1972.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by John Janota View Post
                  William Kimberley's book about the TR6 talks about the "Big Mother" moniker in a chapter. It sheds some more light on the specific American marketing push at the time. A great read.
                  Can you give a Cliff's Notes version of the campaign?
                  1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

                  1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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                  • #10
                    shame the magenta version has both sets of signals??
                    So much rust, so little time

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                    • #11
                      When I called Jeff Schlemmer for the first time to ask about his services, of course he asked "What car ?".
                      I told him "A 74 TR6"
                      He said ..."Oh, the 'hot rod'."
                      "Hot Rod"...I guess maybe it seemed like that to people used to seeing those other LBC's with only 4 cylinders.
                      Driving a 1973 TR6
                      Doing ZS carb repairs
                      email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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                      • #12
                        This ad headline would have worked better with bumpers from ‘74 on.....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by skootch13 View Post

                          Can you give a Cliff's Notes version of the campaign?
                          Certainly. It more or less goes into the whole background of Karmann's restyling of the front/rear ends, the thought behind the Kamm tail, the marketing climate of the late 60s - especially in the US, and the such. It's filled with some cool little anecdotes that explains some of the TR6 design features.

                          For example, the open block lettering of the early 6s was a response to the Pontiac GTO script on the rear fender as well. This was with the American muscle car craze in mind at the time. Lots of subtle "oh that's cool!" things to read.

                          Here's a pic of the books outline. Big Mother is Chapter 3:

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