Owners: John & Barbara Mason
Commission No. CF51309U
The Masons’ TR-6 was featured in TTR’s newsletter The Bluebonnet a dozen years ago, but this striking mimosa yellow car deserves another look. The Masons purchased the car from the original owner in 1981. Since then, one minor and one major restoration have been undertaken.
The Masons have taken several awards with the car, including first in its class at the 1988 Vintage Triumph Register National Convention. John has more to say about the car than can fit in our usual Car of the Month format, so this month’s feature is longer than usual.
The car was purchased new from Decarie Motors Ltd. in St. Laurent, Quebec, by Mr. Momcilo Pokrajac, who took delivery on March 14. The original sales contract shows the cash price of the car without options as $6,000 Canadian and the total sale price as $6,722.90. The car was equipped with only two options, an AM/FM radio and undercoating, which each cost $100.
Mr. Pokrajac put a little over 25,000 miles on the car in Canada before moving to Houston in the late 1970s. Records show the last service in Canada at 25,000 miles and the first in Houston at (the now defunct) Southwest Motors on November 3, 1978 with 26,328 miles showing.
In late 1981, Mr. Pokrajac decided to sell the car, and he placed an ad in the (now defunct) Houston Post. John Mason responded to the October 31 ad and he and wife Barbara purchased the car. The odometer showed 34,689 miles. The original (except for the oversize blackwall Michelin tires), one-owner TR-6 had found a new home in Texas.
At left, The Masons with Texas 76 during the 1997 Gary Johnston Memorial Bluebonnet Run
In 1985 John and Barbara rejoined the club, finding a lot to do and a lot of fun in the form of road tours, regional meets and the like. John felt the organization was quite different from just a few years before. “Texas 76” placed third in its class at the 1987 Vintage Triumph Register South Central Region meet in Granbury. After reviewing the judges’ scoring, the Masons made a big decision.
John would undertake a second, more extensive restoration in an attempt to place in the TR-6 competition at the 1988 VTR National Convention in Dallas. English Sports Car Clinic (now defunct) was selected to do much of the work. Eric Hess of (the now defunct) MasterCraft Auto applied the new paint in the original Triumph mimosa. The car was ready in time to take a first in class, three-foot tall trophy at the 1987 Houston AutoRama, held over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Since 1988, “Texas 76” has placed in many regional meets. However, John notes that any car, no matter how well-cared for, has a way of not getting better over time, and after 11 years John and Barbara plan a third restoration for their yellow beauty.