1971 Triumph GT6 Mk3

Mark Smith
Location: Berkshire, England
Email: mark_smith@mentorg.com
Web Page: www.jyclassics.co.uk

About This Car & Owner:
I'm an electronics engineer by trade and I bought the car as my first classic car of any kind, and certainly my first Triumph in about 1996. The car had obviously had a hard life, with 12 owners and 3 of them on the Isle of Sheppy, east of London, and when I bought it had plenty of plates and filler over rust holes, and had been re sprayed a horrible mid-blue colour. It looked like one of the owners had tried to make it look like a Datsun 240Z by deseaming the rear wings and adding a 1 inch high steel strip along the rear of the roof, backed up with filler to make a stupid spoiler. The Wolfrace alloys completed the butchery.

I proceeded to take it all apart and spent the next 7 years restoring it to the state it's in now, which I think is pretty good! Everything was taken apart, the engine was balanced and given stage 2 treatment, the overdrive gearbox was rebuilt and a new 3.27 ratio diff found since the original had broken teeth and a hole smashed in the back of the casing! The car has rotoflex rear suspension since it is a very early mk3.

The bodywork had new rear wings, floors, sills, rear valence, boot floor, rear lamp panel, front roof sections, bonnet, front valences, californian doors with side impact bars, rear wheelarches (inner-inner and inner-outer, plus rotoflex shock mount and strengthening plate), plus repairs to the tops of the inner rear wings and rear roof section where it had been de-seamed. In contrast to that, the bulkhead and chassis were mint apart from the front outriggers. I did most of the work myself, including all the retrimming, leaving just the fitting of the rear wings and a doorskin, plus the respray in the original Wedgewood blue to a company in Essex who did a fantastic spray job but who's attitude stank. After that, fitting up took another year and the car took to the road again in November 2002 before being laid up again for the winter!

It was this year that I took it to the TSSC show at Stafford for the first time and a couple of the photos I sent you show it sitting in the field next to a white Spitfire with a consecutive numberplate! Quite a coincidence after 32 years!

Body Style: GT Coupe
Colour: Wedgewoof Blue
Engine: 2L 1988 cc (122 cu. in.)
Transmission: 4 Speed Manual + Overdrive
Interior: Black vinyl, factory fitted rear seat conversion.
Purchase Date: Spring 1996