GT6 Quotations

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Jeremy Clarkson (Broadcaster, Journalist & Writer)

"Then there's the Triumph TR7. That was a fairly speedy two-seater convertible. But not a sports car. And yet the tin-top GT6 most definitely was. Curiouser and curiouser".

"What a fantastic little sports car!"


Fred Nicklin (Triumph Test Driver)

Fred drove the prototype GT4 from Turin to Coventry in 1962: "When I stopped overnight in France, a crowd gathered round to admire the car - it was beautiful and they had never seen anything like it".


Roger Bell (Motoring Journalist & Racing Driver)

"But it's certainly a car to keep".

"A brave man's car".


Ian Frazer (Journalist) in CAR June 1980

"The most horrendous coupé in history".


Patrick Faleur (Author of this website) in CAR August 1980

"My present car, the aformentioned GT6 referred to by Mr Frazer as 'the most horrendous coupé in history' is admired by all who all who see it. The roadholding is the best of any Triumph thanks to the almost Grand Prix type of rear suspension and it eats MGBs for breakfast!"


David Tuck (Engineer & Racing Driver)

"An easy to work on car with a good spares network. The specification is also good, it has a 6cyl. Engine, independent suspension all round, it is small and light and it is a good looking GT car!"


Richard Lentinello (Editor-in-Chief of Hemmings Motor News until January 2013)

"Sleek, swift, stylish and very affordable. If ever there was a sports car that was all those things-and more-Triumph's GT6 is it".


Balbas (on Visordown.com)

"The GT6 is a great little car, very under-rated and surprisingly quick. The handling isn't 'interesting' or 'shite' and you won't spend your time 'travelling through the scenery backwards' You just need to drive it like a 30 year old RWD sportscar and set up corners properly. If you do that, you will be fine and have a lot of fun. The rotoflex ones are better than the transverse leaf spring ones mind. If they were so bad, how come they kicked MGB's arse at Le Mans every year... (Now, MGB's truly are shite cars!) Mechanically, they're very simple, the things to watch out for are rot in the chassis, ungreased trunnions and rot in the sills and bulkhead. Pretty much anything else can be sorted reasonably cheaply. It should be obvious if there is anything else majorly wrong with it, as it will manifest itself in smoke, whining or clunking noises, or a generally not pleasant driving experience. Bear in mind though that they are noisy compared to a modern car, and you can expect a bit of mechanical noise. They're very easy to work on thanks to the clamshell bonnet, but you will need to get used to balancing the carbs - it makes a hell of a difference to them, and a lot of people don't seem to bother for some reason. Also look out for a non mechanical distributor conversion, they make a big difference to the general reliability. All in all, cheap to run if you know your way around a set of spanners, good fun to drive and great to own."


Nigel Clarke (Freelance journalist, former editor of several magazines and wasted talent)

"The GT6 is tiny and gorgeous. Triumph's coupé, penned by Giovanni Michelotti, has a beauty of curve and proportion even Jaguar E-type owners admire"

"The best GT6 of all, for looks and handling, (is) the Mkll"


Craig Denny of DC Motor Trading, Bradford

"There is something very special and exciting about the GT6"


Martin Fay of Motor Works, Illinois

"Giovanni Michelotti went back to work (on the Spitfire) and replaced the convertible top with a swept back hardtop complete with a large rear hatch. The hood gained an aggressive power bulge to clear the new engine. The newly born GT6 had exquisite lines and was nicknamed the "Poor man's E-Type" after its resemblance to the famed Jaguar XKE."


Danny Hopkins, Editor, Practical Classics

"I have to admit the 240Z has won my heart... The MG(C) and Triumphs (GT6s) are slower, more agricultural, more exposed and certainly more prone to on-road eccentricities. And that's why they are such intoxicating fun. Original GT6 wins...it's properly scary."

"A car of this sort should challenge the driver to a battle of high-speed wits. I get out exhilarated, intoxicated and happy to be alive."


Honest John

"But it was an achingly stylish car, with the added appeal of an E-type-style bonnet bulge, and it looked worth every penny".


Richard Dredge, Motoring Specialist & Author (referring to the Mk1)

"the GT6's proportions were well and truly perfect"

"Decades after it went out of production, the GT6 still looks right from every angle"


Craig (www.gt6mk3.com)

" I walked past a local exotic dealers yard, and saw a tiny red coupe. It looked like someone had forgotten an E-type Jag in a tumble dryer. Small, but with gorgeous feminine curves, a looooong bonnet, a lift up front end, and a 2 litre motor. The salesman explained it was a Triumph GT6 MK2".


Diane Falleur aged 12 (my second cousin once removed)

"C'est tres belle", on seeing my car after it's respray.


Martin Buckley and Chris Rees (in The World Encyclopedia of Cars)

"Triumph's abysmal GT6"


Classic & Performance Car (Triumph GT6: buying guide and review)

"There's a certain honesty and simplicity to the Triumph GT6"