<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E

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1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE
Coachwork by Giovanni Michelotti

Sold for US$ 25,850 inc. premium
1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE
Coachwork by Giovanni Michelotti

Chassis no. HB3794 L6V
Engine no. KD56703E
1,596cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 Stromberg Carburetors
70bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes

*Beautifully restored example of the limited-production Sports 6 Vitesse
*6-cylinder performance clothed in smart Michelotti-designed coachwork
*Great 1960s British tourer for rallies and driving events
*Offered with restoration photos
*Neatly detailed and recently serviced


THE TRIUMPH VITESSE

The Triumph Vitesse was launched in May 1962 in both saloon and convertible versions. It was based on the successful Triumph Herald that had been introduced in 1959 and shared many of its components, including the chassis and very stylish Michelotti bodywork. For the Vitesse this bodywork now featured a reworked front end, accommodating the twin headlamp arrangement that gave origin to the distinctive slant eyed look that makes the car so instantly recognizable. Unlike the Herald's small 4-cylinder engine, the Vitesse was fitted with a six-cylinder 1.6-liter unit that gave it a level of performance that would surprise or even embarrass owners of some sports cars of the time.

The interior of the car was again very similar to the Herald but benefited from some additions such as wood veneer door cappings. Like the Herald, the Vitesse also underwent some styling changes and mechanical improvements throughout its production run. In 1963 the chassis was strengthened, and in 1964 a rev counter became standard fitment along with a temperature gauge. 1966 saw the Vitesse gain some extra capacity in the form of a 2-liter engine, giving the car a useful increase in power and torque. The final version of the Vitesse, the Mk 2, arrived in 1968. This iteration boasted a new front grille, redesigned fascia, more engine power and revised rear suspension.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Completed at the Standard Motor Company plant in Coventry, UK, this smart-looking Triumph is believed to be one of fewer than 700 'limited-edition' Speed 6 Vitesse examples produced. These cars were built for the US market with left hand drive, and carried a hefty price tag, all things considered, of $2,499 when new. Finished in a sinister black, the Triumph received a comprehensive restoration a decade or two back, and it is apparent upon inspection that both mechanical and cosmetic aspects were refurbished. Equipped with Minilite-type wheels, the Speed 6 is nicely detailed inside and out, and was recently serviced. Offered with restoration photos, this rarely seen and quirky, attractive 1960s Convertible is ready for its next caretaker. It will undoubtedly draw many stunned enthusiasts and elicit favorable reactions at any British car meeting.

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Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number HB3794LUV. Furthermore, please note this car is fitted with a 2-liter engine.
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<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
<b>1963 TRIUMPH VITESSE SPORTS 6 CONVERTIBLE  </b><br />Chassis no. HB3794 L6V <br />Engine no. KD56703E
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