Monday, 5 September 2011

V8 Triumph TR6

The diminutive British roadsters of the sixties offered a combination of simple, lightweight engineering and hang-it-all roof-down motoring in a climate that, if we're honest, often veers toward the sodden. But for some, the carefree spirit of the MGB, Spitfire and suchlike was somewhat diluted by their relatively small engines. This is why the AC Ace spawned the Cobra, and from the Sunbeam Alpine grew the Tiger, both beefed up by Detroit V8s. And, of course, there's no shortage of people undertaking such endeavours themselves...
Spotted at Chelsea Auto Legends, this Triumph TR6 eschews the standard 2.5-litre straight-six for a Corvette small-block; a 327ci (5.4-litre) Turbo-Fire unit that, by the looks of its advanced state of tune, should be offering well over 300bhp.
The interior's beautifully trimmed too, while the exterior offers a few cool touches - muscle-car stripes, uniquely detailed wheels, smoothed-in TR7 tail-lights - that are so well executed they could be factory-fresh. A wonderfully subtle car, with a not-so-subtle fistful of steel under the bonnet.

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