Baby E-Type: 1968 Triumph GT6

The Triumph GT6 was a fastback 2+2 version of the diminutive Spitfire convertible, but it got the bigger overhead valve inline-6 from the TR6 and a Giovanni Michelotti designed roof.  It was once the one of the undervalued heroes of the classic sports car world and offers a good combination of exotic looks, minimized weight, “big” engine, and low seating position in a classic 2-seat fastback shape, but values have been creeping upwards.  Find this 1968 Triumph GT6 offered for $12,000 in Englewood, CO via craigslist. Tip from Zach Z.

The Triumph GT6 started life as an attempt by Triumph’s racing program to gain speed advantages on the long straights of Le Mans – and it was successful with a Spitfire modified to GT6 fastback shape winning first in its class in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

The GT6 is powered by Triumph’s over-head valve inline-6 that displaces 2.0 liters and puts out 104 horsepower. The GT6 isn’t a fast car in today’s overpowered minivan traffic, but it was fast in comparison to the small displacement inline-4 powered Triumphs, Austins and MGs of the day.

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