I'm one of those people that has countless 'favourite' cars. The Pontiac Fiero GT, the Lotus Esprit V8, the Bentley Continental T, the Citroen SM... all have jumped out at me over the years as cars I'd love to own one day. This past summer I ran across another old favourite that I have liked for a very long time. The Triumph TR6 with its round headlights and pronounced 'barrel' fenders has always appealed to me, much more than the later wedge-styled TR7.
I may not be able to recall exactly when it was, but I still remember seeing my first TR6. I'd have to guess I was around 10 or 12 years old. The model I saw was dark blue with a black top and black interior and managed to etch itself into my memory. The little Union Jack flag on the rear flank struck me as super cool and I always look for it when I see a TR6 drive by. It was during a lazy summer drive that I stumbled across this light blue model at a used car dealership and garage. The fact that it had licence plates make me suspect it belonged to someone, but anything is for sale for the right price!
Problems with old British car's electrical systems are legendary, to the point that I don't know if they're true or grossly exaggerated. In any case, owning any car from the 1970's would take some patience and a lot of mechanical skill. This example was in decent shape, but with some rust poking through in a few areas. It certainly wasn't a show car but would be a great basis for restoration, assuming the engine and transmission are in good shape. One could even pick up a handsome roadster like this and simply enjoy it as-is, tooling around the countryside with the top down and not a care in the world!
At some point in my life I need to own a vehicle like this. Why not make it one I have been dreaming about since childhood? While I wouldn't call them common in Canada, you still do occasionally see them in the summer. Now that the temperature is well below zero C and snow is on the ground, it might be time to start looking. One can sometimes score a great deal in winter and be ready for topless driving in the spring. This is one automotive triumph I'd love to claim someday!
Welcome! My name is Paul, and I am an old-fashioned, low-pressure, low-buck car fan with lots of automotive stories to tell!