Paul S

GT6 Carriage House Find

After spending six months at a clients home in Capitol Hill Washington DC, I became good friends with the homeowner. I'd mentioned several times that I collected Triumphs, and even invited them to our club's car show Britain on the Green. A year after I had left the renovation, I got a phone call. The woman on the line said "I understand that you know about Triumphs." I said yes, and she stated "I am executor of my neighbor's will, and there is a Triumph in his carriage house, could you come look at it." I said certainly and we arranged a time to meet. The GT6 was sitting flat on the ground with a tarp over it and boxes piled on top of that. She said it hadn't been moved since 1975, this was 2009, and asked what it might be worth. I've purchased parts cars before and told her it would most likely be a parts car as it was sitting for so long. I said the last parts car I purchased was between 350 and $400. She said "You could have it for $375 if you can get it out by Sunday." I arranged to meet her there the following Saturday with my John Deere tractor in tow. I could not get a tow truck in the alley, as since 1975 row houses had been built restricting access to the alley. A tank of compressed air brought the tires up and they held. Several yanks with the John Deere to free up the brakes and the car rolled out of the Carriage house, and I easily towed it to a flatbed waiting on the street. The odometer stated 1805 miles, but we agreed that more likely than not, that was not true. After getting the car home, I realized that it could possibly be true. The tires still had the rubber knobs on them and said made in the Republic of Ireland. The headliner and windshield were perfectly clear of any kinds of dirt or chips. And the doors still had the factory plastic on the interior door panels. After Googling the single owner, I realized that it could very well be 1805 miles, as the gentleman was a professor at a college and had done several tours overseas, then moved to DC where he worked three or four blocks from his rowhouse.

The carburetors were clean as a whistle, but things like brakes, brake lines, clutch lines, and such needed to be replaced.

The car now runs like a top. It has some surface rust but very little, which I will leave as this car is truly a survivor.

That is the story of my Carriage house find the 1967 try of GT6. I hope you enjoy the photos.

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