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Matt1979
September 28, 2017, 8:37pm Report to Moderator

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So I am looking at buying a Triumph Vitesse and wondered if anyone had any tips and things in particular I should look out for. Also what is insurance like and who is the best to get insurance through?
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poppyman
September 28, 2017, 9:12pm Report to Moderator
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Hi, a big welcome to CT and the forum
I dont know a lot about the vittesse, but as regards insurance, you wont go far wrong with "PETER JAMES" very good company to deal with
But if your car is "modified" i hear they ask an awfull lot of questions?
You will get plenty of help on here though re buying a vittesse
Regards, Tony.
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pimp my vit
September 28, 2017, 9:25pm Report to Moderator

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Hi and welcome

I can't help with insurance because I still am not ready for the road, but check the chassis cross member at the rear diff area, its hard to repair where it meets the forward chassis rails, don't worry too much about the out riggers as they are often in poor condition but easily fixed. Its a pretty simple car with plenty of spares and repair panels so everything can be fixed, otherwise it about the checks you would do on any old car. Door fitment and getting the gaps and body lines right is probably the hardest thing to get correct, but most will tell you they weren't very good when they left the factory anyway.


1967 2.0 Mk 1 Vitesse in bits since year 2000
Fortune spent and still spending
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Matt1979
September 29, 2017, 4:06pm Report to Moderator

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Thanks for your help so far, I'm pretty new to this do I'm sure I'll have questions as I start looking at some cars.
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Nick Jones
September 30, 2017, 1:10pm Report to Moderator

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Assuming the number in your username might be your birth year...... Insurance typically in the £ 80 - £ 120 /year fully comp on a classic policy.

These days price is not a very good indicator of condition.  They can rot extremely badly and are quite difficult to repair properly, so they actually fit together.  Panel gaps were rarely great, even from the factory, but gaps you can get a limb through are definitely not a good sign.  Avoid cars with obvious rust repairs to the main chassis rails, usually around the diff but sometimes extending a fair way forwards. Mechanically, the engines are fairly tough, the transmissions rather less so.  Overdrive is a very good thing unless you are only going to use it for pottering about locally.

Saloons now seem to be rarer than convertibles and they are actually rather nice with light airy cabin and much quieter/more waterproof than the convertibles.

Nick


Nick Jones
Somerset UK

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

http://www.tengaston.plus.com
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1967 2.0 Mk 1 Vitesse in bits since year 2000
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Matt1979
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That's great cheers, I'll have a read over it, only just started looking so good to get some advice from the pro's.
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