|Hammer value||£3,000 - £3,500|
|Description||Triumph Vitesse MkII Convertible|
|Engine size||1,998 cc|
Produced between 1968 and 1971, the Triumph Vitesse MkII was the last and by far the best of the venerable Herald range which had first gone on sale in 1959. Powered by the same 104bhp 1,998cc OHV six-cylinder engine that was found in the contemporary GT6, mated to an optional overdrive gearbox, it was good for a genuine 100mph+. The front grille was also restyled and it had a brightwork back panel around the number plate.
Far more significant, however, was the long-overdue ditching of the Herald's notorious swing-axle rear in favour of a greatly superior reversed lower wishbone system. Particularly easy to maintain thanks to its hinged bonnet/front wing assembly, the Vitesse also retained the Herald's amazingly tight turning circle, making it a doddle to manoeuvre and park.
Dating from 1968, this MkII is the desirable convertible model and is said to be a very sound car that drives and handles well. Always professionally maintained in the current ownership, the car was treated to a thorough mechanical overhaul in 2006 which included a new crank, bearings, oil pump and timing chain, since when it has covered very limited mileage. The car was also fitted with an overdrive unit at the same time and has recently had a new hood, tonneau and carpets. Supplied with a large history file it has an MOT until March 2010.