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.