TR250 and TR6 Glove Box Companion
In the introduction to the first edition of this catalogue—this is the third
edition—I stated, more than ten years ago, that it was an exciting time to own
a TR250 or TR6 sports car. After giving it some thought, I believe that this
statement is still true today, but my reasons for thinking so may have been
modified during the years that have passed, these including the bleakest
recession of my lifetime and probably that of most customers. During the
darkest period, I was thankful for the joy I received from my car and from
running a business that is generally considered to be "recession proof" although
that did not always prove to be the case. I think that most British car
enthusiasts have been somewhat chastened financially over the past six or seven
years, and I hope that time is finally ending so that all of us may return to the
true joy that our hobby has provided to us in times gone by.
It has now been thirty-five years since I purchased my first TR6 and almost
that long that I have owned a TR250 and a TR5. I can remember a cold
evening in December 1979, soon after I had purchased a pristine 1976 TR6.
The car was parked in the drive at the farm where my parents lived then. The
sun was going down, and the air was very crisp and cold. I came out of the
farm shed, where I was building an engine for my TR3A, and walked up the
drive toward the car, noticing how beautifully the lines of the car showed in the
slanting sunshine. I have always thought the cars are beautiful, but there has
always been something more about them that is not so easily defined.
When I completed TRF's first TR6 catalogue in the late autumn of 1980,
almost every part was still available from Triumph through Unipart.
Everything from complete hard top kits to trunk lamp switches. And
carburettors, fenders, trunnions, handbrake levers, wiring harnesses, seats,
wishbones, tachometers, choke cables, spoilers, rear valances, wheels, rear
axles, differentials, camshafts, convertible top frames, pre-bent brake pipes,
wood dash panels, lenses, distributors, fuel gauges, gearshift knobs, seat belts,
INTRODUCTION BY CHARLES