The article concerning the Assistant Editor’s Triumph TR6 says, almost word for word, exactly what I have experienced with my similar model. I purchased my car new in June 1973 and sold it four months later losing £450 on the deal.
Gutless performance, high oil consumption, bad warm-starting, leaks around the windscreen, chunking on the Dunlops, door-body contact—oh! numerous other faults. And there is little or no come-back against British Leyland who should be brought before a court of law.
It was decided that a new engine was necessary three days before my planned 4,000 mile European tour (including Iron Curtain countries). That was too much, so I sold the car and bought a BMW 2002 Tii.
Since purchasing the BMW I have never enjoyed motoring so much. It has brisk performance up to almost 120 m.p.h. and could out-perform any TR6. In fact I think a Marina 1.3 TC could put a TR6 to shame.
Last of the hairy sports-cars? No. The TR6 is nothing but a shoddy excuse for a sportscar, gutless and inefficient. Perhaps it is meant to epitomise the British Motor Industry.
What a shame.
South Walsham, Norwich. Peter Hugo.