Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
For the true British sports car experience, it's hard to beat a TR6. Stuffing a big inline-six cylinder under the hood does wonders for performance, and it makes lovely sounds out on the open road. At the same time, the TR6 retains that old world charm that even the Miata wasn't able to duplicate despite years of scientific research. No, there's just something special about British craftsmanship and a car with a real wood dashboard.
This 1969 TR6 represents great value when it comes to performance per dollar. The bright exterior is handsome and appealing, and looks the way a sporting two-seater should with handsome cut-down doors, a long bonnet, and that trademark upright windshield. The sheetmetal is in good order, not perfect, but clean and straight as well as the traditional TR6 flag emblem on the rear quarters. The paint has a gloss that seems right for a vintage British roadster and you can see the quality throughout as the door jambs and inner fenders are just as nice as the bodywork. Other details like the early-style chrome bumpers, chrome sport mirrors, and the instantly-recognizable taillights in a blaced-out tail panel are in great shape.
Most TR6s received basic black interiors, and that's why we like the tan interior in this one so much. The high-back buckets and custom embroidery give it a very upscale feel that's more Jaguar than lowly Triumph. Add in the drop-dead gorgeous walnut dashboard that's been refinished to a factory standard, plus a set of handsome white-on-black instruments, and this car starts to look like it's worth every penny of the asking price. There is no radio, but we suspect that you'll enjoy the soundtrack of the brawny six-cylinder engine even more than whatever passes for music today. All the gauges are working, the carpet isn't faded, and there's a bit of storage behind the seats that supplements the modest trunk out back. British roadsters were never famous for their foul weather capabilities, but this car offers a recent black vinyl folding top with distinctive three-element rear window that's a TR6 hallmark, as well as a matching tan boot.
You can follow the red paint under the hood, where you'll be delighted to see a neatly trimmed engine bay. The big 2.6 liter inline-six is smartly dressed with a painted valve cover and a pair of side-draft carburetors, all surrounded by that satin black paint that makes a fine backdrop. It fires easily and idles properly, and out on the open road, you'll be tempted to run it up to redline in every single gear just to hear the muscular six sing its baritone song. The carbs have been properly tuned and synchronized, delivering a smooth flow of power with no stumbling or flat spots, and the 4-speed gearbox is a delight. It is very solid underneath, with original floors in good condition and a few recently serviced parts means you can own this TR6 with confidence, and it wears a set of fat 205/70/15 Goodyear tires on original steel wheels with polished trim rings.
You simply won't get more vintage fun for your dollar than this TR6. Where else can you get a six-cylinder 2-seat British roadster for the price of a used Hyundai? Call today!
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