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slapathy
October 26, 2016, 3:34pm Report to Moderator

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Am I imagining this, but are 2 litre Vitesse Saloons, in particular the Mk 2s, becoming an endangered species? I recently scanned a slide (remember those?) onto my PC of my first car, a Signal Red Mk2, DBF 689H which I bought in Nottingham in April 1979 and which expired due to terminal rust in about 1983. When my wife saw the picture, she said  'I really liked that car'. Hearing her say something positive about Triumphs is quite unusual, so I thought I would exploit the situation and look for something similar, on Ebay, Car & Classic etc. Plenty of Convertibles and 1600 Saloons, but not much in the way of 2 litre saloons which don't require a total rebuild.
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October 26, 2016, 4:51pm Report to Moderator

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I am sure there are cars out there.

Not sure of the numbers left but I was surprised when the agreed value of my Mk2 saloon went up by more than 25% recently.  Maybe it was to reflect its rarity.


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iggy
October 26, 2016, 5:17pm Report to Moderator
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I like the mk2 vitesse saloons prefer them to the convertibles of which there always seems to be more for sale, are alot of the convertibles for sale just saloons with the roofs removed?  


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Nick Jones
October 26, 2016, 5:23pm Report to Moderator

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Quite a lot of saloons have become convertibles over the years using bits of Herald.  I like the saloons too and they do seem harder to find than the convertibles now.  Turning a saloon roof into a viable hardtop for a convertible is very much on my wish list.

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Vitesse Mk 1.5 Convertible EFI, Survivor of RBRR 2008, HCR & 10CR 2009, HCR 2010, 10CR2011, HCR 2012, 10CR2013, 10CR2015, HCR 2016 & HCR 2017.
GT6 Mk3 Roto - project in progress
Spitfire MKIV son's project now on the road as a daily driver
2.5 PI Saloon now EFI (PIe?), Engine rebuilt and running sweet.  Diff howling...... Survivor of HCR 2013 & 2014 Gone to live in Swansea

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iggy
October 26, 2016, 6:33pm Report to Moderator
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ive never been into covertibles but with the warmer weather we have now days in this country i can see why people want them,


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Nick Jones
October 26, 2016, 7:03pm Report to Moderator

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They are nice in warm weather.  Not so much in really hot weather as you get roasted.  Bit grim in very wet weather as not especially waterproof and generally rather noisy at speed due to wind noise.  The saloons are much quieter and a nice light, airy place to be due to the large glass area.

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Spider
October 26, 2016, 7:10pm Report to Moderator


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recommissioning a 1 owner saloon as we talk. Possibly for sale in the new year. I will ask the owner at the weekend.


Spider.
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Dogsbody47uk
October 26, 2016, 7:18pm Report to Moderator
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The last time Practical Classics did a DVLA count there were over 900 Vitesse Mk2 convertibles , but only 301 Mk2 saloons on the road. I don't recall how many were on SORN. Total Mk2 production was about 9600 vehicles of which slightly more than half were saloons. Yes, the MK2 saloon has become an endangered species! Cheers, Dave.


First Triumph: 200cc Tiger Cub. Followed by in no particular order, 350 and 500 Royal Enfield Bullet, Herald 1200, Herald 13/60, Mini 1275 GT, Vitesse 2L convertible, Audi 80, Audi 80 Sport, Fiat 124 Sport Coupe, Triumph 2000, Mk 2 Estate, Fiat Tipo, Fiat Stilo, Fiat Uno, Peugeuot Turbo Diesel(yuk), Lancia HPE 2000ie (wow! a dream!) So far 3 Heralds and My fourth Vitesse in the garage. I may have forgotten some... It's my age.. Oh , Honda 400 four.. Terrifying! And the 2 Renault 5s. Oh, and the Ford Granada 3 litre estate..I think that's the lot.
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Spider
October 26, 2016, 7:43pm Report to Moderator


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Spider.
GT6 MK2, 1970 yellow. Off road waiting refurb/restoration/modification.
Triumph 2000 MK1 1968, being recommissioned after being in storage since 1973.

FAVOURITE LYRIC: "I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left."
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dave mc
October 27, 2016, 4:16pm Report to Moderator

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There will be a few around that aren't SORNED - mines been off the road since 1981 so doesn't need to be SORNED. Hopefully on the road in the next year (or so……………..)
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Straight Six
October 28, 2016, 5:27pm Report to Moderator


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A MKII saloon with overdrive and sunroof has to be the ultimate all rounder. I did flirt with the idea of using such a beast on a daily basis a while back, but couldn't find one, which kind of backs up what slapathy was saying.

I ended up buying a Scimitar for my every day use btw, but still hanker after a Vitesse saloon.
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iggy
October 29, 2016, 6:52am Report to Moderator
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Can the rear suspension from a mk2 vitessee be fitted to a mk1 vitesse? or is there another alternative to give the mk1 some negative camber and  really improve the handling on the rear end, i did own a couple of mk1 salloons in the late seventies and can remember the passenger door flying open of its own accord on a fast right hand bend while trying the point the vitesse in the right direction


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Spider
October 29, 2016, 10:22pm Report to Moderator


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Quoted from iggy
Can the rear suspension from a mk2 vitessee be fitted to a mk1 vitesse? or is there another alternative to give the mk1 some negative camber and  really improve the handling on the rear end, i did own a couple of mk1 salloons in the late seventies and can remember the passenger door flying open of its own accord on a fast right hand bend while trying the point the vitesse in the right direction


Probably best to convert to swing spring. Can convert to rotoflex by adding wishbone bracket to chassis and of course the associated drive train components.


Spider.
GT6 MK2, 1970 yellow. Off road waiting refurb/restoration/modification.
Triumph 2000 MK1 1968, being recommissioned after being in storage since 1973.

FAVOURITE LYRIC: "I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left."
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iggy
October 30, 2016, 9:49am Report to Moderator
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ok just interested to know Spider, whats the difference between the standard mk1 spring and a swing spring


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Spider
October 30, 2016, 4:00pm Report to Moderator


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MK1 Spring is bolted to the diff solidly and a swing spring pivots on the top of the diff, is the easiest way for me to explain. Makes a world of difference to the handling.
I am sure there is someone on hear who has done it before and could tell you the best spring to use.

http://www.clubtriumph.org/cgi-bin/forum10/Blah.pl?m-1138626209/

Lots of threads on the subject, type swing spring conversion into Google ( other search engines are available) it's quicker than this sites search facility.


Spider.
GT6 MK2, 1970 yellow. Off road waiting refurb/restoration/modification.
Triumph 2000 MK1 1968, being recommissioned after being in storage since 1973.

FAVOURITE LYRIC: "I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left."
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