1967 Triumph GT6 Mk1
(Featured on 30th January 2011)
Registration: N0P 445F
Sellers original description:
It is not often that a car comes along that has been rebuilt to this standard, hopefully you will see from the pictures and the description why we feel this is the best mk1 GT6 available anywhere, the attention to detail is exceptional, this car is the product of one man's labour of love to build the best GT6 possible, a labour of love that was bordering on obssesion.
The rebuild had been carried out over a period of several years, where many obsolete parts were sourced and parts were only fitted if they were as good as, if not better than original, the standard to which the car is finished in my opinion you could not get with just an open chequebook you would have to be totally personally absorbed into the project, which the restorer was. The car was completed just over a year ago and has covered less than 3,000 miles since then.
The car is a delight to drive and if you read the following details it will give you an insight into what has been carried out to achieve this.
This 1967 GT6 has been stripped literally to the last nut and bolt, all the panel work has been sandblasted prior to preparation and respraying in 2 pack paint, please see the small pictures in the picture pack to see the bare body, painted inside and out, also the chassis which had been treated prior to painting in the body colour and all the detailing of components in their correct colours. All the brightwork has either been replaced with new or re-chromed, new badges, new stainless mouldings have been fitted along with all new rubbers throughout, the paint finish is excellent and the finish under the bonnet and underneath the car is also excellent, of particular note are the genuine triumph 'le mans specification' alloy wheels, fitted with new tyres, the panel gaps are very good and all the glass is unscratched.
Quite simply superb, everything has been restored to original specification except the dashboard which has been re-veneered in a darker burr walnut finish than original, also the deep gloss shine is mare akin to a Jaguar than a Triumph! Further to that the seats have been stripped, frames painted new foams and new original spec vinyl covers, there are new carpets throughout plus front overcarpets, i was particularly impressed when i lfted the rear tailgate carpet to find the new wood flooring had been wrapped as original in that fine silky black material (i didn't even know that was available any more) all the trim panels appear new, as does the dash board support which houses a good quality radio cd player, the headlining is also of course new, all the switches appear new with no signs of any wear, and the steering wheel has either been retrimmed and polished or is new as it feel supple and lovely to hold, the only thing that did not look like new were the sunvisors but they were still good! I must also mention the renovated original 'britax' seat belts with new webbing, a real concours period feature taht is often overlooked.
Where do we start? Everything has either been rebuilt or replaced, the engine has been rebuilt to an improved standard than original, it features a balanced bottom end, a Triumph TR5 camshaft a 6 branch stainless exhaust manifold feeding into a purpose built twin exit stainless system, the engine also has twin 1 3/4" su carbs and K&N air filters, it hs been dyno set up (with sheets included) and produces 83bhp at the wheels which will be in the region of 110 bhp at the flywheel, the overdive gearbox has also been rebuilt and works perfectly, the overdrive cutting in and out smoothly in 3rd and 4th gears. The suspension has been replaced at the rear with the later spec improved mk3 GT6 set up, further enhanced by gaz adjustable coil over shocks with adjustable ride height and adjustable damping, whoever sorted the damper and spring settings certainly knew their stuff because the ride comfort is excellent the car feels extremely well damped with not a hint of harshness and really instills the confidence in you to want to push on. Should you be worried about stopping then you needn't worry as the front brakes have been replaced with vented discs and uprated calipers fed by stainless braided brake hoses, this car has been properly developed, it certainly would never have been this good when it left the factory in 1967! I believe that some of the suspension bushes are in polyurethane which will provide better location and less road noise transfer, worth noting at this point is that many of the suspension components that are liable to damage from road debris have been powder coated to further protect them.
You have to view the car to see the extent of the work that has been put into it, this car delivers on all counts, it looks good, it goes great, it is an easy car to drive with perfect manners and is a terrific investment, the Mk1 GT6 is a very rare car nowadays.