My name is Sean Carvalho, and this blog will be covering the restoration of my 1970 GT6+. I am 23 years old, and currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Conestoga College. The simplest way to describe myself is that I am a gear head. I love everything to do with technology, mechanics, and cars. I currently own my Triumph, as well as a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer.
My appeal to the GT6 is not anything new, as I have been exposed to this car for years now. When I was still in elementary school, my dad always surprised my brothers and I with cool gifts, treats and mechanical toys. He made the three of us two go-karts to race around in, and had a ton of miscellaneous items in the basement that would usually end up being used as make belief guns. In the early years of elementary, my dad brought home some cool looking car that I had never seen before – all I can remember is that I fell in love with the idea of a car having a wooden dash board. Like many things in our household, it ended up sitting in the garage untouched and eventually was sold to someone who had more motivation for it. This beautiful mystery car was taken away.
Moving forward a couple of years, a different mystery car came back into the house. Not being able to identify cars, my dad told me that it was a Triumph GT6, the same vehicle that had been dwindling away in our garage years ago. Once again, my main attraction to the car was the dash. Being naive at the time, I tried to convince my dad to cut the roof off to make it a convertible. I cringe at the idea of this now, however everyone starts somewhere. Much like the last car, this one was sold to a neighbor who still to this day is working away at restoring it. The second car was gone.
July of last year was the most recent exposure to this British beauty. I was getting sushi in Kitchener with a friend of mine. After our feast, we both departed on our drive home. Leaving the plaza where the sushi restaurant is located, there is a bus terminal and parking lot. To my surprise, there was a gorgeous GT6+ in none other than British racing green parked outside in the overcast. This was the original inspiration; this car that I loved as a kid suddenly reintroduced back into my mind. I knew at this point that I wanted one, I needed one.