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SullyUK
October 5, 2017, 3:51pm Report to Moderator

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Having just been made aware that the Vitesse now has a new owner and just to clarify a few points that have been posted here I thought I would post this. Cutting through the sales blah that the classic dealer whom I sold it to who has (dealers have a tendency to do) embellished somewhat so I thought it best to give a little history on the car in question.

Firstly this car was my build, from a very tatty MK2 (but much loved) and it was built for me by Mark and his team at Jigsaw (and when I could spare the time working on it I did also) to enjoy spirited classic motoring with comfort and improved handing all based upon a period theme. So using some original period items, Smith's rally set, Rally master timer, map light, steering wheel, Lucas lamps etc alongside modern parts ie genuine minilite wheels I felt I created something that certainly had the period sports look and feel to it. It was never built to rally or race.

Alongside this I had the solid 5 speed box installed along with the modern CV coversion. I mixed up some MK1 parts (grille) and herald parts (rear number plate light)  just as Triumph may have done back in the 60's and enjoyed seeing what worked for me visually and Mark practically. The jacking point was installed similar to the period works cars had and it worked with a period rally jack. The seats are actually MX5  two piece seats recovered in period coloured vinyl and stitched to match the back seat and were very comfy I also used MX5 retractable seatbelts with with some fettling fitted perfectly, various interior MK1 bits were used such as rear quarter panels as they were on offer at the time in the right colour.. I Dynamatted the inside and had a bespoke rooflining fitted and installed Bluetooth for iPod connectivity which made the inside a nice place to sit and drive.  As for the exhaust it made the car sound beautiful and I loved it irrespective of others personal views. I picked the colour and certainly didn't care for the sad rivit counters out there attitude of  " Not being an original triumph colour" who gives a s#@t what you think??? it was my car!  Terry Hunter (Triumph works really driver) liked when he visited Jigsaw so much so he signed the interior boot lid. The lotus badge was a funny gift from Mark at the Stafford TSSC  show where it it was placed 2nd in the modified class so I put it on and left it there.

Having read some of the comments on here it just re-enforced the reason why I decided to sell and never really enjoyed the company of some classic club members. Opinions are like a#*holes everyone has got one, the trouble is that some opinions come from a#* holes. Appreciating that someone can fund another old car back onto the road irrespective of whether it's your taste or not is only a good thing especially if you are a true enthusiast. I enjoyed the project and yes it cost me a fortune, but hey I could it afford it.  It served as my wedding car complete with brown string and tin cans, it surprised many a modern car way from the lights and the deep roar through the pipes always brought a smile to my face, however I decided to sell and I don't regret it and loved the time it was in my possession. Good luck to the new owner.

J  
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nicmk1est
October 5, 2017, 4:28pm Report to Moderator


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so you spent 50k on it then? or is that salesman bull?
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poppyman
October 5, 2017, 5:04pm Report to Moderator
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I have to say  to SULLYUK  very well done, and like you i think who cares what others think
It's your car (or was) so its up to you what you did with it
I think the colours look great and looks as someone would have done years ago.  
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thescrapman
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I think the dealer hyped it up quite a bit.

Does anyone know what it actually sold for?


Schadenfreude expert and collector of assorted rusty Triumphs on the Essex/Suffolk Border.

2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 CT Navigators Championship winner.

10CR 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 2013 - RBRR 1990, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 - Nachtrit 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 - Chinese rally 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 - HCR 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 (3rd place), 2014. 2015, 2017

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1968 Spitfire Mk3 : 1973 TR6 : 1967 Herald 1200 Estate 1970 : 1968 Mk1 2.5PI 1968
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SullyUK
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The question is what does it matter???? It was built, enjoyed, sold and re bought, it never ceases to amaze me  people's quest for knowledge of other people's business spend some more of that time you have to enjoy life and your cars!


J
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poppyman
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Quoted from SullyUK
The question is what does it matter???? It was built, enjoyed, sold and re bought, it never ceases to amaze me  people's quest for knowledge of other people's business spend some more of that time you have to enjoy life and your cars!


J


I totally agree, just enjoy them With or without "anorak"

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Paudman
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Quoted from SullyUK
The question is what does it matter???? It was built, enjoyed, sold and re bought, it never ceases to amaze me  people's quest for knowledge of other people's business spend some more of that time you have to enjoy life and your cars!


J


Reminds me of the bit in Monty Python 'Life of Brian'.... 'So: are you a virgin then?'


If it was made by man, it can be dismantled and rebuilt by man. Usually just not as easily.
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