This is the car that Triumph never built but should have, the GTR-6.
The GTR-6 was finished in spring of 2012 as a daily driver and cross-country traveler. There are no concerns keeping up with traffic.
This is a 1973 Triumph Mk3 GT-6 frame, hood, brakes & front suspension. The GT-6 vent windows and heater have been added for improved ventilation in the cockpit. Rear suspension is the Roto-Flex system from a Mk2 GT-6.
The body is a 1970 Triumph Spitfire Mk 4 with 1978 Spitfire door with the side impact safety beams. Front valences are fiberglass pieces. Initial bodywork and paint by Bennett Coachworks.
The drivetrain is a Triumph TR-6 engine, TR-6 transmission and J Type overdrive (OD on second, third & fourth gear). There is a Good Parts triple Stromberg manifold, TriumphTune valve cover and Crane ignition, all else is stock. Drivetrain including differential built by Steve Yott of The Silver Lake Triumph Centre.
The interior includes leather seats and carpet/trim by Ericson’s. Matching wood dash, steering wheel & shift knob by Gary Cimino of C & G woodcraft.
Who hasn’t wanted a Ferrari in the garage & who can resist Ferrari inspired passion on the road behind the wheel? Alas, deep pockets have always been required to buy one, then requiring even deeper pockets just to maintain it. Well, this car solves all of your problems and gets you into a Tipo 105L 3.0 liter 32 valve V-8 Ferrari engine featured in Ferrari’s own 308 and Mondial Quattrovalvo models. This proven reliable and easy to maintain engine can be tuned by the motor masterminds at Valenti to achieve its full scale Ferrari sound, power, and glory. They could have this unassuming sedan growling and performing to its fullest. Best of all, you can tell everyone you drive a Ferrari cast in Maranello, assembled by Ducati, and tuned to its fullest intended performance level by Valenti.
This particular model was introduced at the 1986 Turin Auto Show. According to Road & Track “Designed by Ferrari! Built by Ducati! How more red-blooded Italian does it get?”
Historically, Lancia has been noted as a highly innovative and groundbreaking designer often manufacturing some of the world’s most fascinating automobiles. As examples, they were the first to use an electrical system in a production car, established the wide use of fully independent suspensions in the 40s, and the very first use of a 5-speed manual transmission in a production car. The list is long and illustrious.
The Thema was originally designed by Pininfarina as a station wagon whose unassuming features were carried out into sedan form here. It is the closest Ferrari ever came to making a 4 door sedan. Subtle cues hint of the monster within, like special 8.32 badging and 15” Ferrari inspired alloy wheels on 205-55VR Goodyear tires. The nearly 3,000 pound car could do 0-60 in the 6.8-7.2 second range with capabilities of easily reaching a top speed of 150 mph! For cabin creature comfort, there is full instrumentation, auto/sport switch, real wood accent trim, power seats, and even entertainment options that are now considered mundane, rear passenger headphone inputs! Interior seating is all original, luxurious leather made by famed furniture maker Poltrona Frau of Turin. Though established in 1912, it has been a top specialist providing automotive interiors from Italy since the 1960s. There were many other excessive custom features on the car like handpainted belt line stripes, as well as other handmade labor intensive processes that went into its production which made for an asking price $57,000 when new.
THE MOST SPECTACULAR PARTY PIECE THIS CAR OFFERS, did I mention it has a FERRARI ENGINE before, is the FIRST EVER automatically deployable rear wing!!!! While everyone seems to have this today, the Thema was the first to offer it standard on a production model. It provides vital aerodynamic improvements, at speed, when fully deployed. Though you may have seen this feature before, you and your friends will still stand amazed at this fantastic over the top feature this proverbial “sleeper wolf in sheep’s clothing” pioneered. It can also be deployed upon demand for applause at a flick of the switch. A must at 150 mph cruising speed.
This car was never offered in the US, hence its even more exceptional rarity. Only 4,000 were built from 1986 to 1992. Again, according to Road & Track “They’re expensive and rare and imbued with the bulletproof, economical reliability of an 1980s Ferrari engine…..In the UK, where it sold for £40,000 in 1988 money—which is approximately $3.8 million USD today?—in LHD-only guise, just nine were sold.” Anecdotally, there have been sightings of a blue one, seen hither and yon in cyberspace along with this model, plus maybe no more than a half dozen others unaccounted for. So, it is a visual, as well as historical & mechanical, headspinner!
According to Road & Track, Over “30 years ago, Lancia stuffed a Ferrari V8 and created the ‘Thema Hellcat’” so how big a boy are you?
Or, seeing as how the engine could be worth well over $25,000 alone, buy the engine and get the gorgeous carrying case for free!
This numbers matching 2002 Model is in spectacular condition. Major service completed along with new Stainless Exhaust System and header. New clutch, fuel pump, spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, rotor, lights, thermostat, fan, fluids and filters. Interior is in amazing condition and retains the original upholstery with a near perfect dash and gauge cluster. New cushions on the front seats and functioning original Blaupunkt Radio. These “2002” BMW models are getting more and more popular so add one to your collection before the market passes you up.
This one owner car was purchased new England and is powered by the 2138cc/105hp inline four cylinder engine with dual SU carbs