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Lot 408: Triumph Vitesse 2-Litre MkII Convertible

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Revising the Herald's bonnet enabled Standard-Triumph to squeeze an under-bored (1.6-litre) version of the Triumph 2000 six into their successful small saloon, the resulting model - the Vitesse - appearing in 1962. A 2-litre version with GT6 engine, gearbox and running gear was launched alongside the latter in 1966. Although fast and well appointed, the 2-litre Vitesse was dogged by the same handling complaints that had bedevilled its forbear. The arrival of the MkII in the autumn of 1968 at last addressed the problem, the newcomer featuring a superior wishbone-type independent rear suspension in place of the original swing-axle set-up. Vitesse production ceased in 1971, by which time very nearly 20,000 2-litre models had been built, and today the MkIIs in particular are counted among the most desirable of post-war Triumphs. Finished in blue with black vinyl interior, this example of the most sought-after Vitesse benefits from a new radiator, new mohair hood and a service including a brake overhaul, while other notable features include a tonneau cover and stainless steel exhaust system. One of the last produced (it has a steering lock) 'GLY 7J' was restored in the late 1990s and is described as in generally good/very good condition, driving well. This delightful, soft-top, four-seater sports car is offered with MoT/tax to February 2014 and Swansea V5 document.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number408
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5000
Year1971
Condition rating2
Registration numberGLY 7J
Mileage-
Chassis numberHC57719CUO
Engine numberHC58657HE
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors