In 1966, Triumph took their popular Spitfire to the next level. They commissioned prolific sports car designer, Giovanni Michelotti , to create a GT version of the standard Spitfire. Initially the changes Michelotti made were not a success – the fastback body was too heavy for the Spitfire’s 1147cc engine to cope with – and the design was shelved. Thankfully, the prototype was adopted by the Triumph racing team, using fibreglass instead of steel, and used in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1965. Triumph took the 1998cc engine from their Vitesse and applied it to the fastback GT6 body, and the GT6 (sadly nicknamed by some as ‘the poor man’s E Type!) was born.
This particular GT6 is being restored by a company in Birmingham, and came to our premises to be blast cleaned using both soda and media.
How the car’s shell looked on arrival:
Once the filler had been exposed:
GT6 shell completely stripped:
We also blast cleaned the panels of the GT6. The bonnet also had thick layers of filler, not unusual for this type of vehicle.
The bonnet on arrival:
Exposing the bonnet’s filler:
The bare metal bonnet:
If you have a Triumph GT6 restoration project, get in touch today to see how we can help!