I can’t compare what owning an old TR6 is like vs any other model because it is the only “old” car I have really had.
Here is what I can say. First, I like the looks. It was and is a good looking car, IMO. So with that out If the way...
They are relatively cheap cars to buy because their were so many...and many are still on the road. It is very easy to find parts and parts are dirt cheap. They are easy to work on. Every time I take my car out, somebody stops me to admire it and tell me how they used to own an old MG or Triumph and miss it. Always some good stories swapped.
The TR6 was old when it was new. It would have been a total kick ass car in the fifties...that’s when it should have been made but it’s a lot of fun ( and work) to drive. Steering is pretty heavy and the brakes..well...let’s just say you should plan ahead, LOL. It sounds Godly when you are driving along...makes me laugh when Porsche owners talk about sound...flat 6 bs...straight 6!
The car is sort of a TR4 with a 6 vs 4 cyl engine or a TR250 with a bit of cosmetic surgery. In any event, it has the soul of an early 60’s British car even if it was born late. I think this is why is doesn’t get the pedigree points of say a Jaguar or Austin Healey..it was born late..but from a driving perspective it is great fun. OK. Above 50 mph it gets a bit rattly but if you don’t get asphyxiation from the gas fumes you’ll be alright. This last summer I spent some time ripping around 80-90 mph...it’s life affirming. No need to do that more than once a year.
All the owners I’ve met are nice, helpful and friendly. I’ll admit, I meet a good number of Porsche owners that I think are self absorbed idiots...never in the TR6. It attracts a better class of people...
The biggest downside for me is ...well...you know the old joke.” How do you know your British car is out of oil?...It stops leaking”. Turns out there are a lot more fluids than just oil that leak. Sort of a pain for me since I have lifts in my garage and I don’t want to put any car under it.
It’s a great car for a 20 mile drive but I don’t envision myself doing long trips. It’s a romantic notion but the reality of sitting in the car for a couple hours is tiring.
Edit: I’ve owned my TR6 since 1997, it’s hard to part with.