1969 Triumph GT6+ MkII 1.9 6 cyl. from UK and Ireland
Triumphs are cars for hobby mechanics. The GT6 has a transmission that is under designed for the high torque of the 6 cyl. engine. This is a notorious weak spot.
This car has been a great hobby. It takes a lot of work to keep it running right but it gives back in fun, high performance driving. Triumphs are no longer being made.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th March, 1999
This takes me back - I sold my GT6 in 1988 to get my first house deposit.
What I remember is a fabulous silky-smooth six-pot engine with loads and loads of torque - and a beautiful howl at mid to high revs. Handling was fine if you kept to the rules and drove the car systematically - but was apt to bite you on the backside if you chickened out halfway through bends.
I'm sure I DON'T remember the back-ache and numb buttocks from long journeys - or the fact you couldn't even shout to your passenger at high speeds. I had a radio in mine which was a complete waste of time!
Wonderful car - but maybe best left in my memory?
I also had a gt6+. What a car! Response and perfomance one of a kind. Wish I could find another. If you know of one I would love to have another. I can dial a SU carb. I crashed mine going around a corner. I still can remember too many beers and over steering. I will be more careful next time. Haven't had a ride like that since. Now I have the closest thing--a VOLVO--not even close.
I bought a GT6+ in 1971 instead of a Porsche 914. I was never sorry. Yes the trasmission was weak, but what a fabulous road car. As I remember it, It was the class champion here in the states for many years running (I believe it ran in the same class as 914's and Zcars).
I also have a project Triumph GT6+ in my garage; it has been in restoration mode since 1984, and I am looking forward to the day when its all back together again. Until then, there are some very good companies out there whom specialize in improving the gearbox for our cars; mine was done out of necessity (the oil leaked out during its first year of storage). I sent it to a company called Vinco, down in Georgia, and they gave me a better gear ratio to work with.
Don't ask for too many details (I'm a carpenter not a wrench).
There is also a throttle linkage rod replacement (with the nylon ends) available from your local John Deere dealer. I can get the part numbers if needed.
I spent over 3 years working mine, and had the most fun making it road worthy again.
The 2 biggest problems that I had were with the rear end and electricals.