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Dutch Triumph Restored into Award Winner

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
January 31, 2014
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Owner: Martin van der Spek

Location: Maurik, The Netherlands

Year, Make, and Model: 1971 Triumph GT6 Mk III

Photographer: Mike Raanhuis

You’re looking at the oldest Triumph GT 6 MK III, chassis number KF 417, in The Netherlands. It’s such an early Mark III that some Mark II components were used in its assembly. When built, it was normal to continue using older parts as the car moved down the line if new components weren’t available yet.

Mr. Martin van der Spek and a friend discovered the GT in a barn eleven years ago. A literal barn find that had been sitting for seventeen years, relegated to serving as a nesting place for mice! They were excited about the find and “think that the two GT 6 MK III has the best six-cylinder sound. No other car has such a nice, full sound.”

Delivered new in California and last driven in 1985, Martin and his friend purchased the car immediately but didn’t initially know what to do with it. They finally returned to pick it up and embarked on a nut-and-bolt restoration that spanned eleven months.

Now that the car, which has been voted “Most Beautiful Triumph” in The Netherlands several times, is rebuilt and running, Martin is regularly invited to show it. A bit of a perfectionist, Martin enjoys keeping the car in this pristine condition and drives it less than 500 kilometers per year. Depending on the weather, he likes taking the car out of the garage on Sunday mornings, pulling up a chair and drinking a delicious espresso to gaze at the Triumph’s beautiful lines.

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simon brown
simon brown

ahh takes me back to my early Mk 111 in Pimento Red with rotoflex couplings. An early 73 model which I “tweaked” with triple webers, twin exhausts and off-set 5.5J chrome wires..wish I had kept it now..theres nothing like a triumph six on full song. I never did get round to fitting an overdrive though. I recall fighting the rust on it was a full time job, so never got it into showroom like this beautiful example

Joshua Steiger
Joshua Steiger

This is my absolute dream car. The lines and style are amazing, especially the rear, the way all the lines meet up at the back as they flow down the car really entices me. If only I could spend less on alcohol and more on saving, my dream could become a reality. Also I am sure the insurance for a 19 year old would be rather costly too.

Jimmy Arata
Jimmy Arata

Absolutely beautiful, one of my all time favorites. Carry On!

BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228

Love the small-chassis Triumphs. As soon as my Spit6 project is finished I’m submitting it here πŸ™‚

Triumph Spitfire Restoration

BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228

So it doesn’t like @? Here’s a link: http://tiny.cc/zswtax

Bart Mulder
Bart Mulder

Almost scary how perfect! Every fly that will hit the bonnet or mud splash on the wings will simply skid off by its immaculate well-pampered paint. Compliments!
I had some fun for a couple of weeks in a Spit and loved the drive. The six-line engine only would increase this joy, but one time I tried getting in the GT6 convinced me this was simply too small for my 2 mtr length. Unless there would be a Zagato version with bulges on the roof πŸ™‚
Enjoy your car!

Jake Williams
Jake Williams

I had a 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 that I tried to restore with a friend. The project was ultimately canceled because we didn’t see making any profit out of restoring it, so it was stripped. Looking at this GT6… I feel kinda stupid. Well, done.

David Zu Elfe
David Zu Elfe

And I’d prefer the one from Paul Steel a hundred times over that unused piece of red joy on top.

felix
felix

I live now 22 years in Maurik, and I have never seen you. We drive a lot with our light blue 68′ sunroof beetle, maybe you know us?

Steely
Steely

Great car, but I am biased πŸ™‚ Link to my GT6 mk2.
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BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228

What a gorgeous little machine. I must admit, I am partial to the MkIIs myself.

Also, my current Spit6 project will be painted Valencia Blue when it’s finished. Great colou.

Steely
Steely

Thanks Biturbo, Valencia blue is a great colour choice, good luck with your restoration, will look out for it on these pages πŸ™‚

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

Oh man what gorgeous little car you have I really love the wheels on it. I always love hearing stories like this when someone finds a car most people forget or just gave up on and turns it into a stunning car then wins with it! Also if i remember correctly the GT6 was built of the Spitfire cars which had some reasonable success at Lemans. To me if a car has a nice racing history it adds a little bit more to the car’s personality and legacy. Other then that great car guys keep up the good work

Steely
Steely

There is the Le Mans link in as much as the Le Mans fastback spitfires were inspired by Giovanni Michelotti’s 1963 design for a tin top spitfire (referred to as the GT4), but Michelotti went back to the drawing board for the GT6 resulting in the mk1 (66-68), mk2 (68-70),0 & mk3 (70-73), he was responsible for some other great designs, I particularly like the BMW 2002, and of course Maserati 3500GT.

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

GT6 is one of my favorite cars ever

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

500 kms a year!?!?!?!? That’s unfortunate… like a tiger in a zoo…