Designed by Giovanni Michelloti, famed for the creation of many Italian exotics such as Ferrari and Maserati, Michelloti first penned the GT4 prototype, a Spitfire 4 / Mk1 Spitfire based GT car in 1963 utilising the Spitfires 1147cc engine. The styling of the car was meet with great reviews, however the additional weight associated with the coupe shell meant that plans to put the car into production where shelved. In '64 Standard Triumph utilised the styling to create glass-fibre molds which when grafted onto the race developed Spitfire 4 / Mk1 shell led to great success, finishing 13th overall and 1st in Class at the 1965 24hr Le Mans. Triumph decided to revisit the GT4 idea and in replacing the under-powered Spitfire 4 / Mk1 engine with the more powerful Triumph Vitesse 2 litre 6 cylinder engine, the GT6 was born and production of the Mk1 GT6 commenced in July 1966.
During the course of the next 4 years the GT6 received a number of styling changes and mechanical developments, dramatically improving 'on-limit' handling and in Oct 1970 the GT6 Mk3 was introduced with a total of 13,042 units being built before the end of production in December 1973.
Supplied new by Armstrong - Massey of York (Jaguar, Rover, Triumph, Austin - Morris dealers) on the 2nd May 1974 to Mr L Staples for £1475 our Triumph GT6, chassis KE24120 is understood to be one of the last 100 cars built and came with Overdrive on 3rd & 4th Gear, Sundym Glass and Laminated Screen, plus underbody protection. In 1978 and on the passing of her husband, ownership transferred to Mrs Staples and the car remained with her until 1995 and has since been lovingly owned and completely pampered by one further keeper.
In 2005, after 10yrs of ownership the GT6 was entrusted to Rees Brothers, Classic Car Restoration house established in 1921, for a complete strip down, chassis off and fully documented rotisserie rebuild with receipts totalling £38,000 for the body restoration alone! Now finished in the quintessentially classic, British Racing Green the GT6 has been further enhanced with a full mechanical overhaul; carburettors rebuilt by the Burlen, replacement / renewal / upgrade of all braking / suspension components including Spax shock-absorbers, rebuilt rear differential, improved cooling with an aluminum radiator and oil-cooler and complete engine rebuild, by Classic & Modern Engine Services to Stage 2 specification (fully balanced, polished and ported heat with unleaded conversion, Piper 214R camshaft, vernier pulley and lightened flywheel).
Since completion of her show quality restoration the Triumph GT6 has completed minimal mileage and looks spectacular, her chromework is completely free from any pitting and the bodywork, running gear and under-carriage are all finished to a much higher standard than was ever achieved at the factory. Stepping inside the cockpit, doors shutting with a reassuring weight the quality of the rebuild continues. The door cappings and the dash have all been upgraded to Burr Walnut and all dials and switches operate exactly as they should. When the GT6 was restored the car had an electric Kenlowe fan and immobiliser fitted meaning that the lower dash pad was partly removed, but in keeping with the high level of finish we have had our auto-electrician look at these and have sourced the correct dashpad and this has now been refitted to give the correct factory appearance. The rest of the interior looks like new, both seats remain fully adjustable and still have functioning tilt mechanisms to allow access the rear or should larger items need to be carried....remember this is a mini-GT car, then there's great access via the tailgate.
Mechanically, as to be expected after such a comprehensive rebuild, the GT6 is in fine fettle. The original 2 litre straight six, with her tasteful modification for both power and modern fuel, starts with a menacing growl, gases leaving the engine via 6 branch manifold and twin stainless system, there's no wonder that many people referred to the Triumph GT6 as the mini E-type, the sounds is completely intoxicating and out on the open road is where the GT6 comes into her own. With her improved suspension, the way the GT6 corners inspires confidence. Unlike many a classic car I'm pleased to say the brakes have a wonderful weight to them and with an almost seamless operation on her overdrive 3rd and 4th, the engine has plenty of torque and refinement to allow for a comfortable cruise....or should the drive wish, a slightly more spirited drive on the quieter A-class roads.
Having been lavished with so much care it's great to find a car with so few owners; husband / wife and then one other owner whose love for the car and subsequent expenditure amounts to nearly £50,000! She comes with her original Bill of Sale, owners handbook, workshop / parts manuals, valid MOT (she's showing 23700 miles, less than 2500miles since restoration!), 2 sets of keys and a small spares package and is without doubt one of the best examples of a Triumph GT6 Mk3 currently available.