1969 Triumph GT6+ coupe
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The Triumph GT6 Is A Sweeping. Seductive Fastback With A Big Six
With an inline-six up front and fastback roof up top. the GT6 was beautiful grand touring on a budget.
Turning a convertible into a coupe is much more difficult than turning a coupe into a convertible. but the results are usually worth it. In 1963. Standard-Triumph's engineers sent a Spitfire convertible. then hardly a year into production. to longtime Triumph booster Giovanni Michelotti. The Italian designer returned with a dramatic fastback design. long and sleek and nearly Porsche-like. one that only improved with age.
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This year marks the 50th anniversary since the first GT6 rolled off the line. It is a stunning. swooping affair. a rare sight anywhere. It was cheap. too. relatively speaking: inevitable and hackneyed "poor man's Jaguar E-Type" comparisons are still being touted today. (Of course. unlike today. one didn't have to be a sultan to afford an E-Type. either. )
When the prototypes were built. the coupe's extra weight added so much power that the four-cylinder Spitfire engine could hardly move out of its own way. In most British cars. that seems to be the norm. But for the GT6. a car that actually looks like it could be quick. that just wouldn't do—so in went the 2. 0-liter inline-six from the 2000 sedan. and the necessitating "power budge" that went with it. All cars deserve the "power bulge. " And few things in life seem more proper than a coupe with a Big Six up front.
"Driving a GT6 is an absolute blast. writes Hemmings. "If you like luxury. refinement and a feeling of solidity in an automobile. this isn't the car for you. But if you enjoy the responsive nimbleness of a short-wheelbase two-seater that can quickly go from slight understeer to oversteer in the blink of an eye. then this is the sports car you've long been waiting for. "
Triumph always claimed that the GT6 was derived from the Le Mans-fighting Spitfire program. but that's just marketing hyperbole. Michelotti began penning the GT6 in 1963. and the separate attack on the 24 Hours of Le Mans began in earnest a year later. In 1965. a Spitfire won its class. And when the Spitfire race car switched to coupe guise. it had some good groundwork laid before it.
What's cooler: the Michelotti swoop of the GT6. or the Pininfarina angles of archrival MG's B GT? That's a debate that must have once incited beer-spilling rage in pubs across England. But while the MGB GT made do with the B-series four-cylinder. the GT6 featured that Big Six. and MG's attempt at its own Big Six was far more lackluster. There's always the V8.
Either way. Triumph may have built over 300. 00 Spitfires in a little under two decades—but the company churned out just 40. 26 GT6s. (In comparison. MG builtapproximately seven million MGB convertibles and 125. 82 GT fastbacks. ) If you can find a GT6. you'd do best to hold on to it.
Fortunately. here's your chance: there's just three days left to bid on an example. nbsp;over at Bring A Trailer. It's the last year of the MkI model. proudly calling Toronto home. But it's staved off much of the rust that both British cars and Canadian-residing cars are imbued with. against all odds and financial sensibility. Sitting on Minilite wheels. with straight-tipped exhausts. it looks like it's nearly perfect. (Yes. that massive "bonnet" is a one-piece affair!) "The seller has shown this GT6 at local shows and uses it for Triumph drives. notes the website.
"Name another classic British fastback-styled sports car that you can purchase in decent condition. for less than $5. 00. Hemmings enthuses. That was written ten years ago. back when we had hope. jobs. etc. Now. Hagerty rates the MkI GT6 as "No value data available. " Surely. that must mean it's expensive! But. after all. it's no E-Type—even if the GT6 is also a rare fastback that makes its driver look a bit like a cad.
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