Take a classic 1969 Triumph TR-6 and drop in the twin-cam, turbocharged motor and transmission from a mid 1990s Nissan Skyline GTR and what do you get? Is the end result sexy or sacrilegious?
I’m not generally a big fan of motor swaps, as they generally upset a car’s balance and destroy its resale value. Sure a Ford V8 in a Mazda Miata sounds like fun, but only if you’re driving in a straight line. On a road course? No thanks, I’ll pass.
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And therein lies the beauty of this Triumph. The new motor and trans probably weigh less than the stock components, yet work a whole lot better. In stock form, the RB25DET motor made around 250 horsepower, but this car features a Greddy intake, larger throttle body and custom exhaust. Put a conservative rating of 275 horsepower on it, which sounds about perfect for the TR-6.
The workmanship on this car is top notch, and the motor looks like it belongs in a 1960s vintage car. While I’m not a big fan of the custom-but-utilitarian dash, the rest of the car is stunning. This is one motor swap custom I’d be damn happy to call my own.
It’s currently for sale on eBay, and a $15k bid hasn’t cleared the reserve. This car must have cost a fortune to build, and the non-original motor will surely hurt the value in the collector market. If this car goes for less than $30k, someone will be getting one hell of a bargain on a one-of-a-kind TR-6. How can you top classic good looks with modern performance?
Source: Two Seats Or Less