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Triumph Vitesse 1600

Overview

At first pass the Vitesse 6 (1600) appears to be a Herald with an extra two cylinders, twin headlamps and a beefed up chassis. However, the Vitesse 6 has a more refined and sporty feel than the Herald. This is due to a better level of trim, additional sound proofing and the six cylinder engine. Like all Vitesse the 6 possesses the feel of a car produced by a small volume quality car manufacturer of the 1930's. Things like - the wooden dash and door cappings, the carpeted floor and the padded seats. A short sporty gear lever, a refined 1.6 litre six cylinder engine and of course like the Herald built on a chassis. When launched in May 1962 the Vitesse had a single dial dash, a speedometer incorporating a fuel gauge. From July 1963 a tachometer, temperature gauge and separate fuel gauge were introduced. This is generally known as the four dial dash. By October 1965 the original Solex carburettors were replaced by the Stromberg type. Though Triumph never published any changes in the power figures a contemporary test report gave a reduction of 2 seconds in the zero to 60 mph, a 13 second reduction in the zero to 80 mph and an increase in top speed to 92 mph. Overdrive was an optional extra and is worth paying more for a car fitted with it. In the past Convertibles tended to be more expensive than Saloons but over the last two years (2012 - 2014) the prices has become closer. Before you purchase a Convertible make sure you buy a real one and not a modified Saloon. The commission plate should have the suffix code CV on it. If in doubt obtain the factory information, a Heritage Certificate, from the Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre. A Saloon modified to a Convertible will be worth less than an original model.

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Production

Span: 1962-1966
Quantity: 31,278

Price

Cost when new: £839

Market Value Guide

TSSC Insurance Panel Car Values are found in the downloads section on the home page

Performance

Acceleration: 17.6secs - 15.5secs
Top speed: 88mph - 92mph
Power: 70bhp - Believed to be 82bhp from Oct 1965
Torque: 92lb/ft - Believed to be110b/ft from Oct 1965
MPG: 26-28mpg

Engine

Configuration: 1596cc in-line six
Aspiration: normal
Fuel: petrol
Fuel delivery: carburettor

Chassis

Front suspension: Independent, coil springs
Rear suspension: Independent, transverse leaf spring
Drivetrain: front-engine RWD
Steering: rack and pinion
Bodyframe: chassis and seperate body
Transmission: Four-speed manual with overdrive option

Dimensions

Length: 3886mm
Wheelbase: 2324mm
Width: 1524mm
Height: 1321mm
Kerb weight: 909kgs

Downloads

Triumph Vitesse
Buyers Guide
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