This TR6 was
originally purchased new at Checkpoint Triumph in Clearwater,
Florida. The car was driven by it's
first owner for about 2 years and traded back at Checkpoint.
The second owner purchased the car and drove it for a few
months. At this time, the third owner (Gerry K.) entered the picture.
Gerry acquired the car in 1974 and owned it until sometime in
1980/81 when it was finally put in storage by his son-in-law. The car had
acquired some 86,000 miles in all those years.
Fast forward to the Summer of 2003. This
is when a friend of mine (thanks Mike!) told me about a 1972 TR6
for sale. After so many other TR6's I had seen with severe
rust, my hopes were not too high. This changed though,
when a closer inspection revealed the car was in excellent
shape. Very little rust was present. A deal was
struck and the car was hauled on a flatbed to my house.
Success! I was the owner of a 1972 TR6, Commission Number
CC77169 manufactured in November of 1971.
Along with the car came many loose pieces and
parts. Among them, a folder containing receipts and
basically a history of the car all the way back to 1974.
By checking out the addresses of the different places where the
car had been worked on revealed the car spent it's life in the
South. This meant no exposure to salt on the roads.
In other words, less rust. Cool!
The original colour was Pimento
Red, but there was not much of it left! There were
sections where the paint had faded down to the primer. In
addition, the gap between the doors and rear fenders was pretty
out of spec. The muffler was hanging by a strap, but
overall the car was in very good shape.
Closer inspection revealed some minor damage
to the front fender and nose of the car. These small dents
were easily repaired, thus enabling all the body panels to be
the original ones the car came with. Fortunately all
panels were in excellent shape and even after all those years
there was no accident damage.