SOUL SUR­VIVOR

Practical Classics (UK) - - TEAM ADVENTURE -

James Wal­she’s ar­ti­cle Start­ing Han­dle prompted me to write about cars that are left to rot and be­come un­eco­nom­i­cal to re­pair. I res­cued a Tri­umph Vitesse from the un­der­growth and used the main com­po­nents in a spe­cial I have built. I don’t feel this is a kit car of spu­ri­ous parts.

The 1968 Vitesse was in poor con­di­tion af­ter hav­ing been left out­doors for many years. Most of the floor was rot­ted out and all of the outer pan­els re­quired work. The seats, trim panel and dash were per­ished and de­cayed. I stripped the body­work, re­paired and painted the chas­sis, re­fur­bished the me­chan­i­cals, seized en­gine and brakes, plus lots more. I bought a very nice GRP body from a com­pany in Dorset and used as many orig­i­nal parts as pos­si­ble, such as the en­gine, gear­box, diff, steer­ing, brakes, sus­pen­sion, cool­ing sys­tem and gauges. The body may have gone but I feel I have re­tained the soul of the orig­i­nal car.

Trevor Han­son, Leeds

Tri­umph Vitesse lives on in open form.

Vitesse brought back from the brink.

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