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  • Getting a TR6 after more than 40 years

    About 45 years ago I worked in a garage that specialized in British cars so I got to see, work on, and drive, TR6s, MGs, Jaguars, etc. I recently moved to New Mexico and would at last like to have a TR6 of my own. I was told this forum is a good place to begin the search. I am not in a hurry and don't plan on getting one until the spring, but if the right one comes along.......

    My ideal TR6 would be a 1969 in maroon with a tan or black interior, overdrive, and wire wheels, and no boot rack. The wire wheels are negotiable. Having done frame up restorations 40+ years ago, I know this is not the way to go for me. I am going to take the advice I have been given which is to get the best one I can afford and enjoy it. This sounds like a good plan to me. I don't need or want a concours car, perhaps one that recently was and would now be considered a show/driver car. This will not be a daily driver, but the whole purpose is to drive it.

    If possible, an original frame that has had the proper maintenance and structural modifications to make it safe and solid for a reasonable number of years in a desert climate would be nice

    If anyone knows where I might find a car about like this, please let me know.

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    Greetings and welcome!
    there is a classified subsection in this forum and always Craigslist and eBay.
    this forum also has a surrogate buyer program where members will inspect a car that your are interested in (if it is local to them).
    good luck in your search
    c74

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    • #3
      Thank you Charlie. I did try to post to the cars wanted forum here, but I could not find a way to post. I will look again.

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      • SapphireBlue72
        SapphireBlue72 commented
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        When you join as a member- it is one of the benefits.

    • #4
      I did join, but I don't think the payment went through yet. I seem to be able to post here OK.

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      • SapphireBlue72
        SapphireBlue72 commented
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        Oh good. Thank you for becoming a member, it helps to keep these forums alive.
        You will get the MEMBER letters in red, below your name. You will be able to post in the for sale section, review past magazine articles, receive the club Quarterly Magazine which is very nice.

        As Brian suggested, you can learn a lot by searching BAT- you can review past sales discussions & see selling prices. Here's the Triumph TR6 area, scroll down the page to review past auctions.
        https://bringatrailer.com/triumph/tr6/

    • #5
      Jon,
      Welcome! Get familiar with Bring A Trailer. They have a searchable database of sale prices too. www.bringatrailer.com
      Brian Cunningham
      1973 CF4325U Overdrive has been added
      "Liz's" Plate is: T-AH6

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      • #6
        I have an early White/black trim 69. Definitely a project. PM me if interested
        So much rust, so little time

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        • #7
          You can always get a different boot lid.

          https://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/cto...941584176.html
          So much rust, so little time

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          • #8
            Hi Jon, Welcome to 6-Pack and good luck in your search.

            Cheers,
            Tush
            81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
            73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
            62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
            60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO

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            • #9
              Thanks everyone for the pointers. It turns out there was a glitch and my payment was not processed. I did it again and everything is fine. I am going to post, what I am looking for in the cars wanted section as well.

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              • #10
                Originally posted by tr250 View Post
                You can always get a different boot lid.

                https://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/cto...941584176.html
                Thanks for this pointer. This is very close to what I am looking for, the price suggests that it probably has not had a recent restoration. I am a bit worried about a Florida car because of rust. does this make sense?

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                • #11
                  Each car has to be examined on its own merits.

                  Ask the seller for a complete set of photos so that you can evaluate a particular offering.

                  You need to see clear photos of the underside, engine bay, bare floors, spare tire well, panel gaps, interior; does it have overdrive or 5-speed?

                  If you want help evaluating a particular car, post the pictures here- experienced folks here can give you the lowdown, for sure.
                  Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 07-28-2019, 01:27 PM.
                  Walt
                  CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
                  poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by SapphireBlue72 View Post
                    Each car has to be examined on its own merits.

                    Ask the seller for a complete set of photos so that you can evaluate a particular offering.

                    You need to see clear photos of the underside, engine bay, bare floors, spare tire well, panel gaps, interior; does it have overdrive or 5-speed?

                    If you want help evaluating a particular car, post the pictures here- experienced folks here can give you the lowdown, for sure.
                    What Walt said. Many nice cars come out of Fla. and you really don’t know where the car lived over it’s lifetime?!?! I can see it doesn’t have the 69 wheel. Not a show stopper. Get lots of pics and we’ll be the judge. Free of charge
                    So much rust, so little time

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                    • #13
                      Yes - Be sure to post pictures here or a link to pictures of candidates for our feedback and opinions, and we will have some!

                      They will be of value though, since we'll want you to go in eyes wide open, or armed with negotiating info.
                      Last edited by tr6harris; 07-28-2019, 05:09 PM.
                      '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
                      Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
                      Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
                      Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
                      Redlines always.
                      My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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                      • #14
                        Thank you everyone for the good advice. I will get in touch and see what documentation is available for the 69.

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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by tr250 View Post

                          What Walt said. Many nice cars come out of Fla. and you really don’t know where the car lived over it’s lifetime?!?! I can see it doesn’t have the 69 wheel. Not a show stopper. Get lots of pics and we’ll be the judge. Free of charge
                          One point to help me understand something. I thought that in 69, and for a few years after, 72 spoke wire wheels were an option. Does the wire wheels in the picture look 'wrong' in some way?
                          Thanks
                          /jon

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