Triumph Vitesse Convertible (1967)
Vehicle descriptionThe Triumph Vitesse is a compact six-cylinder car built by Standard-Triumph from May 1962 to July 1971. The car was styled by Giovanni Michelotti, and was available in saloon and convertible variants.
The Vitesse name was first used by Austin on their 1914-16 Austin 20 (hp) and 30 (hp) Vitesse models, this was followed in 1922 by G. N.(Godfrey & Nash) on their GN Vitesse Cyclecar, and then by Triumph on a car made between 1936 and 1938.
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 coupe, 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 12s, and lifting top speed to 100 mph.There were detail modifications for the 2-litre, including a stronger all synchromesh gearbox, uprated front brakes, and an improved stronger differential with a slightly higher 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. Wider & stronger 4.5-inch wheel rims were fitted. There was a satin silver anodised aluminium-alloy cowling above the reversing light, and badges on the side of the bonnet and in the centre of the grille read 2 litre.
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