1969 Triumph Vitesse ODSOLD

(from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) The Triumph Vitesse is a compact six-cylinder car built by Standard-Triumph from 1962 to 1971. The car was styled by Giovanni Michelotti, and was available in saloon and convertible variants.
The Vitesse name had previously been used by Triumph on a car made between 1936 and 1938, also by G. N.(Godfrey & Nash) on their 1922 GN Vitesse Cyclecar, and earlier yet by Austin on their 1914–16 Austin 20 (hp) and 30 (hp) Vitesse models.
After the last Triumph Vitesse was made in July 1971, the name remained unused until October 1982, when Rover used it on their SD1 until 1986, and one final time on their Rover 800, 820 and 827 models from October 1988 to 1991, at which time that car was rebodied as the R17 version, which was produced until 1998 as the Rover Vitesse Sport.
In 1966 Triumph upgraded the engine to 1998 cc, in line with the new Triumph GT6 coupé, and relaunched the car as the Vitesse 2-Litre. Power was increased to 95 bhp (71 kW), endowing the new car with a 0–60 mph time of just over 11 s. (The 2-Litre was advertised by Triumph as "The Two Seater Beater"), The performance increase was welcome, but it highlighted the deficiencies of the rear suspension, also noted on the new GT6 and the Spitfire. There were detail modifications for the 2-litre, including a stronger all synchromesh gearbox and uprated brakes, and an improved stronger differential than the Vitesse 6 (still 3.89:1) ratio. The overdrive GT6 used the same differential, though the cars without overdrive specified used a 3.27:1 differential of the same dimensions, though that was not fitted to the Vitesse as standard. There was a satin silver anodised aluminium-alloy cowling above the reversing light, and badges on the side of the bonnet read 2 litre.
The Vitesse Mark 2 was launched in 1968 as the final update to the Vitesse range. Essentially intended to be Triumph's answer to growing criticism of the rear suspension, the Mark 2 was fitted with a completely redesigned layout using Rotoflex rear couplings. This system, also shared with the new GT6 MKII and the earlier GT6 MkIIIs, (GT6 in the US market), tamed the wayward handling somewhat and endowed the Vitesse with more firm, progressive roadholding.
There were other improvements: the engine was tweaked once more to provide 104 bhp (78 kW), cutting the 0–60 mph time to just over 11 seconds and providing a top speed over 100 mph (160 km/h). The main changes were to the valve timing, to give earlier opening of the inlet valves compared with the earlier 2 litre engine, though design changes to the cylinder head allowed for increased inlet valve diameters and better porting. The exterior featured a new grille, Rostyle wheeltrims and silver painted steel rear panel, (described by Triumph as "ceramic"), and the interior was upgraded once more in order to share parts with the new Herald 13/60. A new colour range was offered for the Mark 2 models. The aluminium cowling above the reversing light remained, and gained an oblong chromed VITESSE badge. The separate chromed mezak TRIUMPH letters on the bonnet and the boot lid were also deleted. The badges on the bonnet sides were changed to read Mk2 instead of 2 litre.
This was the ultimate Vitesse, a saloon or convertible with performance easily superior to an MGB or Sunbeam Alpine sports car but with four proper seats and a large boot.  The Vitesse sold well until its withdrawal in July 1971, a year before the new Triumph Dolomite saloon entered the performance luxury sector for Triumph, and two years before the Dolomite Sprint variant added another high-performance sports saloon to the range. Although the Vitesse was an older model, it proved to be more reliable than its replacement.
Bodywork. Length/width/height/wheelbase – cm (in) : 389/152/132/232 (153/60/52/91.5); weight : 927 kg (2044 lb).
Mechanics. Engine : straight-six 1998 cc (122 ci), forward, front-mounted, 12 valves, 2 ST carbs, manual 4-speed gearbox overdrive, rear-wheel drive. Maximum power : 95 bhp at 5000 rpm; torque : 156 Nm at 3000 rpm. Top speed : 160 km/h (100 mph).

Reference Number 187611

as of 8/5/2012

Car 1969 Triumph Vitesse OD
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift