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View Poll Results: Triumphant?
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In early 1963 Giovanni Michelotti was commissioned by Standard-Triumph to design a GT version of their recently introduced Spitfire 4 (also designed by Michelotti).


An unmodified Spitfire 4 was delivered to Michelotti's design studios in Italy and late in 1963 the prototype Spitfire GT4 was returned to England for evaluation. The styling of the vehicle was a success but the extra weight of the GT bodyshell resulted in extremely poor performance from the Spitfire's 70 cu in (lolz). Plans for producing the Spitfire GT4 were shelved.


Michelotti's fastback design for the Spitfire GT4 prototype was adopted by the Triumph racing programme for the 1964 season, as it was deemed to provide an aerodynamic benefit over the standard Spitfire body shape. Fibreglass copies of the Spitfire GT4's fastback were grafted on to the race-modified Spitfires destined for competition. The Spitfire racing programme was successful,and in 1965 resulted in 13th overall and a 1st in class at Le Mans (beating the MG Midgets). The Spitfire's competitive success and the continuing commercial success of the production vehicle led Triumph to re-evaluate its shelved plans for a GT version of the Spitfire. To overcome the lack of performance inherent in the heavier body style the Spitfire's 4-cylinder engine was replaced with the more powerful 2-litre 6-cylinder engine from the Vitesse. The car was further developed and refined and eventually launched as the Triumph GT6 (dropping the "Spitfire" prefix) to emphasise its GT styling and its 6-cylinder engine.


The 6-cylinder engine was tuned to develop 95 bhp at 5000 rpm, and 117 lb·ft of torque at 3000 rpm.
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The mk2 got 104 bhp
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I like them.

Seriously uncool.
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They look cool.
In an underpowered not very quick style
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I'm a bit of a Triumph fan. This is cool.
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Are they readily tuneable?
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I could be persuaded.
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I don't like them. Triumph made nice convertibles ending with the Stag, I think the TR7/8 DHC was a nasty piece of work.

To me, the whole point of a classic Triumph (or similar) convertible is when the weather's fair, you put your dearest person in the car, a couple of bags and the two of you tootle off on a marvellous day trip, weekend away or exotic break.

The FHCs like this are too much "all about me" cars, too much stringbacked gloves, clenched teeth and solo drives - knowing that you will return to your dearest person having laid out a list of domestic expectations for you to get through before you take off next time. Sort of like an Alfa 147.
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My brother wrapped one around a pole...........not cool
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I can imagine; they're not exactly a strong car.
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Spitfire for Hairdressers.

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GT6 for Hairy-chested blokes.

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I won't say I'm a Triumph expert or any authority, however... Umm...as an aesthetic piece it's a cool car. However, it is nothing more than a souped up Spitfire. Look at it as Herald v Vitesse. In fact, the straight six engines of the Vitesse and GT6 are pretty much identical... and later fitted to the TR6 and 2500 TC.

To sum up: Not a big fan of a GT6 because the price difference between the GT6 and Spitfire doesn't justify it as VFM car.

Nice to look at but wouldn't buy one.
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Have to say....I'd always assumed that the bonnet bulge was accommodating something pretty impressive.
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Spitfire for Hairdressers.

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GT6 for Hairy-chested blokes.

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It would be like your wife's pants. If no one knew you would put them on.
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Have to say....I'd always assumed that the bonnet bulge was accommodating something pretty impressive.

Have to say, EP, the flat 6 cylinder engine fitted to the GT6 was consistantly the best engine BL produced. It was very reliable - the only fly in the ointment was an inferior fuel pump. That's why most people changed it to Bosch, which was much stronger and more robust.

In fact, I would say the Triumph straight six and Alfa's Busso engines are two of the finest engines ever produced, without spending silly money.
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Is it tuneable?
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Is it tuneable?
Most engines are tuneable if you're prepared to spend money. You can upgrade the exhaust and air filters...and even the carbs.

TBVH, I like originality - if you're buying a TR6, GT6 etc because of performance alone, like Alfas, you are buying for the wrong reason. By that, I mean that both Alfas and Triumphs give you more smiles per miles than most other makes. They make you smile if you are doing 70 or even 30 MPH.
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I get all of that.

I simply wondered if it was an understressed lump that had some history of being souped slightly - I don't been to GT-R level - maybe to 1980's GTi level (95 up to, say, 110bhp) etc.
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Is it tuneable?
I reckon. I haven't read this yet, but I'm going to. Just the titles and quotes have me hooked.

https://www.motorw.com/images/upload...estoration.pdf

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Our lovely Triumph engine would cause instant pandemonium from the moment the lid came off. A bar fight would have created less damage.”
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I get all of that.

I simply wondered if it was an understressed lump that had some history of being souped slightly - I don't been to GT-R level - maybe to 1980's GTi level (95 up to, say, 110bhp) etc.
In that case... yes. Although if I was to look at a 'beefed up' version I'd look at a TR6 - that had around 150 BHP. Same engine but a little more 'juiced up' version of the original GT6 engine.


BTW, could I make suggestion for another 'Cool' car? Unless it has been featured before I would like to see a FIAT Dino, as featured in the film 'Italian Job'. Fabulous looking car.
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