The first-generation Triumph GT6 was introduced in 1966. The two-seater Gran Turismo was drew by Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti. Due to its beatiful and streamlined lines, the GT6 was also nicknamed the “poor man’s E-type” already shortly after its introduction. Although the car body was largely based on the previous Triumph Spitfire MKIV, almost all body parts were new.
After the success of the 1963 as a racecar introduced prototype GT4’s Le Mans, Triumph still wanted to build a small GT car for street use as well, and a six-cylinder in-line engine from the Vitesse was planted in the Gran Turismo. The engine had a top power of 71 kW / 95 hp and a top speed of 171 km / h. The car became a success and, thanks to its power line, was both faster and more sophisticated than its most important competitor, the MGB GT.
This exceptionally well preserved GT6 was delivered from the factory in 1967 to Sweden. The car has already had a left-hand drive, seat belts and an electric windscreen washer installed at the factory, according to the requirements of the destination country. In Sweden, the car had only two owners. Paradise Cars, a car dealership specializing in British classics, brought the car to Finland in 2012.
The car’s body was in good original condition, but its flaws were restored and the body was painted in Triumph’s white. There are already small signs of aging and use on the paintwork, but the body and paint of the car is still very presentable, clean and tidy. The cracked walnut laminate dashboard was renewed.
The current owner of the car bought the car from the Paradise Cars store that brought it to Finland and refurbished it in the summer of 2013. The car was inspected and registered as a historic vehicle and has been enjoyed at classic car events during the summer.
During the current owner, the car has been refurbished with respect to its originality: Adjustable shock absorbers and front springs have been renewed and brakes have been refurbished. Carburettors and the petrol pump have been refurbished and the ignition parts have been renewed. The car has been regularly serviced by Grips Garage, which specializes in British cars. Last service 05/2022.
The car is in beautiful and presentable condition also in underneath. The floor panels have been refurbished with original repair panels.
The new wire wheels with the new period correct tires complete the look. The interior has been updated with the original Nardi steering wheel and Retrosound audio system. The original, removable rear seat is preserved and its original black leather upholstery is in excellent condition.
Car runs smooth and everything works precisely. Very fun, accurate and pretty fast ‘1960s small GT-car to drive.
Stunning and rare GT6 MKI with a great history. Inspected in summer 2020 (next 2024). Just serviced and ready to enjoy!
The car is located in Helsinki. Views by appointment only.
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