Our Triumph GT6 MK3 was first registered in November 1973 and prior to our purchase in 2014 had a total of five previous owners – the last two covering the period since 1979.
By 1989 with the car in a bit of a sorry state the previous owner undertook a total rebuild with numerous panels replaced, a complete respray (in the original colour of Emerald Green) and all the mechanicals thoroughly overhauled or replaced.
When I bought the car in 2014 (unseen on a well known online auction site) it had been off the road for around ten years with much of that time spent sat outside under a cover. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the cover had allowed moisture to sit on much of the bodywork and as a result many of the panels, although still completely sound, were covered in micro blisters – another complete bare-metal respray was therefore required.
I stripped the car down at home before sending all the bodywork off to a local bodyshop whilst I refurbished the chassis, running gear and engine. The seats were re-trimmed in leather and the bumpers re-chromed whilst Minilite type wheels and electronic ignition were fitted. I also re-veneered the dashboard and rearranged the switches and instruments to enable an oil pressure gauge to be fitted.
In recent months the car has been neglected a little whilst I’ve been working on the Herald restoration, but once that work is finished (if these things are ever really finished!) I’ll be putting the finishing touches to the GT6 and hopefully getting a little more use out of it than of late.