Triumph GT6
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Triumph
Model: GT6
Triumph GT6

The Triumph GT6 was a 6-cylinder sports coupe built by Standard-Triumph and inspired by their popular Triumph Spitfire convertible. Production of the model occurred from 1966 until 1973. The company introduced the small sports car, the Spitfire, in 1962. Because of the overwhelming popularity, plans were almost immediately made to build a coupe version. Their fame was increased by the Le Mans 24-Hour race, in which the Spitfire competed with some reasonable success. Triumph had their big TR range of roadsters, but nothing to compete with the closed MGB GT. The separate chassis of the Spitfire meant that a new body could easily be built onto the existing chassis. This allowed the new car to be designed and engineered at a limited cost to Triumph. Had the situation not allowed for the reduced-rate manufacturing, the model would most likely never have existed. Anyhow, a design was commissioned from Michelotti, but the extra weight of the coupe body resulted in extremely poor performance. Triumph found an alternative in the 1998cc six-cylinder from the large Triumph 2000 sedan. The engine developed more than enough power to provide the 'Spitfire coupe' with decent performance. The new car was introduced in 1966, and was called the Triumph GT6. It was really a 2-seater, but a small extra rear seat could be ordered if required and was large enough for small children. The 6-cylinder engine was tuned to develop 95bhp. It did require certain changes to the Spitfire mechanics including a new radiator that was mounted further forward in the car and the transmission was a stronger unit from the Vitesse. Front springs were further enhanced to cope with the extra weight from the new engine. The interior of the GT6 was well equipped with a wooden dashboard that housed a full complement of instruments. The model was also, as a standard, adorned with carpets and a heater.

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