An opportunity to acquire a rare, low owner ‘non-rotoflex’ GT6 with factory Britax sunroof.
This car was supplied new in Carmine Red to Guernsey and was first registered wearing the number 2171 on the 31st May 1973. After a brief ownership the car was then sold in 1974 in the south of England, re-registered as OCR 168M, to its second owner who kept the car for the next 46 years with the current owner acquiring it in 2020. The car has been fastidiously and lovingly cared for in its lifetime with both the current and previous owner storing it in heated and dehumidified garages.
A vast file of paperwork confirms the care this car has had. A full service history is present, including the original Triumph service book and period brochures. Both sets of keys are present, each with a period British Leyland Triumph fob. A thick pile of invoices archives all of the work that has been carried out on the car and a notebook from the second owner has logged and confirmed the mileage of the car.
A body restoration was carried out on the car in the mid 1980s with the rear wings and sills being replaced and the whole body resprayed in its original Carmine Red colour. The sills retain their, now rare, original stainless steel trims.
The current owner acquired the car in 2020 who made the decision to inspect and renovate the underside and running gear of the car and apply some sympathetic upgrades. Parts that were changed or replaced remain have been kept and are included with the car.
In 2021 the underside and arches were fully stripped back of paint and underseal, revealing only light surface rust. The underside was then fully etch primed and sprayed with Teroson 2000 rubberised anti-chip coating and Dinitrol 4941 anti-corrosion wax was applied on top of this. Dinitrol 3125 cavity wax has been professionally applied to the chassis and cavities.. The front arches in the bonnet panel were stripped and also sprayed in Teroson 2000 and then finished in body colour, giving its factory appearance.
During this time the running gear was completely overhauled, with all front and rear suspension and axle components being replaced as well as all clutch and brake components. The Stromberg carburettors and wiper motor have also been fully rebuilt. For the suspension, Koni adjustable shock absorbers have been fitted all round along with ‘trunnionless’ front suspension lower ball joints. To improve modern driving, a newly restored overdrive gearbox has been fitted and a Spitfire 1500 3.63 rear axle replaces the factory 3.27 axle. The original non overdrive gearbox, 3.27 axle and non overdrive propshaft are included in the sale.
OCR is also currently fitted with a set of very rare 5J x 13 steel wheels as fitted to late 1500 Spitfires. These were professionally resorted and powder coated are have new Pirelli 175/70 tyres fitted, including to the spare. The 5 original 4.5J x 13 wheels are included with the car with good tyres.
A viewing and inspection of the paperwork will confirm the love and care that this car has benefitted from throughout its life. It is on the button with an excellent exhaust note and immaculate timewarp interior. We’d love to keep this one!