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Triumph GT6
Triumph wanted to broaden the appeal of the Triumph Spitfire sports car and asked Giovanni Michelotti to design a little coupe version which would be marketed in 1963 as the Triumph Spitfire GT. The Coupe body, however, was too heavy for the 1147cc Spitfire engine and the project shelved; although the coupe body was used for some works Spitfire competition cars. The imminent launch of the 6-cylinder Triumph Vitesse 2-litre gave the idea of a 2-litre Spitfire coupe and in 1966 production began of the the Triumph GT6. The GT6 needed a bonnet bulge to fit the larger 6-cylinder engine, but the Spitfire origins were plain to see, and to feel as drivers found out with the tuck-under rear suspension. The GT6 Mk2 from 1968 cured the rear suspension, increased engine power from 95bhp to 104bhp, and restyled the body with raised front bumper and vent in the c-pillar. The Spitfire went into MkIV version in autumn 1970, and the restyling was inherited by the GT6 Mk3 in November 1970, but engine power was reduced to 79bhp in North America, and the rear suspension was simplified to make the car cheaper on a dwindling market. Production ended in November 1973.
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Triumph GT6 MkI 1967 - badge on rear hatch
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Triumph GT6 - grille
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Triumph GT6. A 1996cc straight six engine from the Triumph Vitesse was given to the GT6 which was otherwise mechanically a Triumph Spitfire.
Triumph GT6 front MkI
Triumph GT6. The GT6 had started life as a proposal for a 2+2 Spitfire GT4, but proved to heavy for the 1147cc engine. In 1966 the GT6 launched with 6-cylinder engine from the Triumph Vitesse. Body design was by Giovanni Michelotti
Triumph GT6 front MkII Rally
Triumph GT6 Mk2. In 1969 the GT6 (and its Spitfire cousin) were slightly restyled, mainly with a raised front bumper to comply with USA safety regulations. The engine was uprated 10 104bhp for the GT5 MkII
Triumph GT6 front MkII
Triumph GT6 Mk3. The Mk3 was revised in 1970 (along with the Spitfire MkIV) with a much changed body mainly to comply with Federal safety regulations
Triumph GT6 MkI rear
Triumph GT6 MkI 1967. The first GT6 cars did not have vents in the c-pillar, later installed after complaints about cabin temperatures. Body design was by Giovanni Michelotti
Triumph GT6 rear Mk2 Rally
Triumph GT6 Mk2. Biggest change for the GT6 Mk2 was changes to the rear suspension to counter the flawed handling of this car and its cousin Vitesse
Triumph GT6 rear Mk3
Triumph GT6 Mk3. The Mk3 was introduced in 1970, and there were minor changes after, including revised (and simplified) rear suspension, but the GT6 was culled in 1973
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Triumph GT6 - headlamp
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Triumph GT6 - rear lamps
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Triumph GT6. In 1963 Giovanni Michelotti had designed a GT variant of the Spitfire, but it proved too heavy. The 'GT4' was developed further and launched with the 2-litre 6-cylinder engine from the Triumph Vitesse in 1966
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Triumph GT6 Mk3. This view shows the rear quarter vents which were given to Mk2 and Mk3 GT6 cars after complaints about the cabin temperatures in the MkI cars.
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Triumph GT6 MkI - vents behind the front wheel
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Triumph GT6 - side window
Triumph Vitesse 6 and 2-litre
Triumph Spitfire 4, Mk2, Mk3, MkIV and 1500
Triumph Stag
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