Monterey | Lot 205

1969 Triumph GT6+ Group 44 Factory SCCA Racing Car

$55,000 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California

18 August 2012

Chassis No.

1,996 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, dual Stromberg carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension and front disc, and rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 83.8"

Please note that this vehicle will be sold on a Bill of Sale only.

• Campaigned new by the famed Group 44 Inc. racing team

• 1969 SCCA E-Production National Champion; D-Production pole in 1970

• Driven by Mike Downs, Brian Fuerstenau, and Bob Tullius, in period

• Triumph’s 1970 New York Auto Show display car; Amelia Island award winner

Formed during the early-1960s by Bob Tullius and Brian Fuerstenau, Group 44 Inc. remains one of America’s most successful racing teams, with its cars renowned for their distinctive green and white liveries, impeccable preparation, and countless victories. This ex-Group 44 Triumph GT6+ was driven in period by Mike Downs, Brian Fuerstenau, and Bob Tullius, and secured the SCCA National Championship at the American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) at Daytona in 1969, where the GT6+ swept the E-Production podium.

In 1970, this car won the D-Production pole at the very first SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta. Sponsored by Quaker State, Champion, and Goodyear, it was also featured in dozens of ads and stories in many event programs and publications, including Road & Track, Sports Car Graphic, and others. It was also Triumph’s display car at the 1970 New York Auto Show.

The current owner acquired the GT6+ as a “barn find” in 2005, and Lanky Foushee, the Group 44 Inc. crew chief from 1970 until the team’s disbanding, confirmed its identity. A complete and authentic restoration followed, with the car returned to nearly exactly the way it appeared in the winner’s circle at Daytona in 1969, with careful updates to make it track-ready today. The entire process was carefully documented and covered by Classic Motorsports magazine. In 2009, the car won the Amelia Award at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance before participating in the Monterey Historics that August.

The restoration was performed to such a high level that former Group 44 Inc. team owner Bob Tullius deemed the GT6+ worthy of his standards when he saw it at the Lake Mirror Classic concours last fall. Perhaps Lanky Foushee said it best recently, “This was the little car that could…until the Triumph TR8 came later, this was my favorite car in our stable. The restoration was great. You guys did a super job.” We could not agree more.

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