1967 Triumph Vitesse 2 Litre Mk1 Saloon

Make: Triumph
Model: Vitesse 2 Litre Mk1 Saloon
Year: 1967
Registration Number: HBM 231F
Chassis Number: HC 7969 DL
Engine Number: HC 8232E
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: 13 August 2015
Guide Price: £2500 - 3500
Sold For: £2090

Lot No: 293

Arriving in May 1962, the Vitesse inherited its name from a pre-war Triumph. The model was a performance version of the Herald, but powered initially by a Standard Vanguard Six 1596cc engine driven through a strengthened gearbox that together improved cruising experience. Design came by way of the famous Giovanni Michelotti, who adapted the Herald’s body to incorporate a new front end with the striking four headlamp arrangement. The interior offered further refinements, such as improved seating and wood door cappings. The 2 Litre appeared in 1966; an upgraded 1998cc engine enabled the model to achieve 0–60 in 12 seconds and a top speed of 100mph. The gearbox was all- synchromesh and further strengthened, and the motor car featured uprated front brakes amongst other improvements.

This 2 Litre Mk I is probably best described as a running restoration project, although the Triumph does have a current MOT test certificate and has been used as a daily run-about. Mechanically, we are informed that all is good; the engine does not use oil and the pressure is good, and the motor car is equipped with an electric fan and a recently new stainless steel exhaust system. The drive train, steering and brakes are all described as good. The all-synchromesh gearbox is fitted with the optional overdrive, which is apparently erratic. We understand that the bodywork and underside are sound and solid, but ideally could perhaps be improved or resprayed.

Unusually, the Vitesse is fitted with a sunroof, wire wheels and a Les Leston wood-rimmed steering wheel. The history file includes the V5C registration certificate, numerous MOT test certificates and sundry papers.

Auction Date: 19 March 2015