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Triumph MkII Vitesse Convertible

Triumph MkII Vitesse Convertible

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Triumph MkII Vitesse Convertible
Lot number 53
Hammer value £4000
Description Triumph MkII Vitesse Convertible
Registration BAC 259J
Year 1971
Colour White/Black
Engine size 1,998 cc

History

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 1,998cc OHV six-cylinder engine that was found in the contemporary GT6, mated to an overdrive box, it was good for a genuine 100+mph.

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.

One of the last Vitesse MkIIs made, this particular car is the highly desirable convertible model which has recently been fully restored throughout, including the fitment of a new chassis and all new suspension. Acquired by the vendor some four years ago from it's first lady owner, the car is said to drive extremely well and has just been fitted with new tyres all round. MOT'd, taxed and ready to go, it is only being sold because the owner now requires its garage space to house his latest acquisition, a vintage Rolls-Royce.

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