Triumph and BMC
Triumph had clearly been putting some effort into upgrading their range, including exciting news of the new GT6, a fastback coupé version of the Spitfire. The new car looked good, and was fitted with a lightly tuned 70kW 2-litre six-cylinder motor from the 2000 saloon; these were quick little cars. However, there was a sting in the tail.
Having not sorted out the car’s very basic swing-axle rear suspension, weight distribution was quite front-heavy, so with the extra power and the unmodified rear-end handling could be tricky. Experienced drivers could cope, but care was always needed as initial understeer could turn quickly to lift-off oversteer. The same caveat applied to the Spitfire, though it was less heavy in the front, and even to some extent to the Herald family saloon, while care was definitely needed when it came to the six-cylinder Vitesse.
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