Lot 111 - 1969 Triumph Vitesse Mk. II Convertible
|Odometer reading||71,050 miles|
|Result||Sold - £5,600|
Introduced in May 1962, the Triumph Vitesse was a six-cylinder sports saloon based upon the four-cylinder powered Triumph Herald. Having designed the Herald, Giovanni Michelotti made revisions to the design evolving it into the Vitesse and resulting in the slanted 'Chinese Eye' four-headlamp design. In 1966, the original 1596cc engine of the Vitesse was enlarged to 1998cc and, in 1968, the Mk. II Vitesse was introduced.
Presented today is a 1969 Triumph Vitesse Mk. II convertible that is in the current ownership for the second time. It is important to recognise a genuine convertible as many saloons had their roofs un-bolted without any further structural bracing, rendering then potentially dangerous. The original convertibles were strengthened and may by identified by the CV towards the end of the chassis number. You may notice that this vehicle's chassis number ends with 'CVO', the 'CV', as mentioned, identifying the car as a factory convertible and the 'O' denoting that this left the factory with an overdrive gearbox, as is currently fitted. Mechanically, the Stromberg carburettors were overhauled in 2014 whilst works to the suspension were carried out about two years ago. The soft-top is in good order with the further benefit of a hardtop also being included. A good history file includes invoices, old MoT test certificates and a workshop manual. A UK V5 registration certificate and a current MoT test certificate valid until August 2017 also reside within the file. Offered without reserve, this Vitesse, with its 'Historic' taxation class, represents an opportunity to acquire one of Triumph's six cylinder sporting saloons that has that Italian design flair.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.