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58 minutes ago, Yoss said:

 

If I was to buy another Triumph (that would be as well as, not in place of, my 1300TC) I think it would be a Vitesse saloon. I'd love a GT6, it is essentially the smallest possible body wrapped around the straight six engine, but prices have gone silly now. And where Vittesses are concerned you get a lot more for your money with a saloon over a convertible. And anyway I think the saloon looks better. Mr Michelotti put a lot of work into making the roof look like the rest of the car, whereas the convertible roof just looks like most other convertible roofs of the era. Mind you, a Vitesse estate would really tempt me. 

So far since 1977 I have had 3 convertible and 4 saloons Vitesses, my current one is a MK2 convertible I have owned for the last 16 years. 

The closest I have got to a Triumph 1300 saloon is a Toledo 2 door project car.

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My first car was a Toledo, shared with a friend who broke the rear axle doing burnouts. White roof and the rest was red oxide, a trademark of a friends Stepfather who would weld cars up and sell them cheap with an Mot. Then he discovered Hammerite could be sprayed.  🙈

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My driving instructor had a L reg white Toledo 4 door in 1976. This was my motivation for wanting mine.

My second car in 1977 was a Vitesse 2.0 MK1 saloon. I have had them almost continually except for a while when I bought my 1st house in 1982. Up to 1983 they were daily cars and I had 4. At one stage I worked in London and I ended up doing 40k miles in a Vitesse. When I got my next Vitesse in 1986 it was a leisure car and I had a company car by then.

This was my first Vitesse I bought for leisure and I had it resprayed.

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34 minutes ago, Six-cylinder said:

I owned a GT6 once, it had been though a shop window. I Hasten to add not my doing I just bought it for spares.

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Was it a Pet Shop? Looks like an angry snarling Rottweiler! :dog:

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17 minutes ago, Six-cylinder said:

You wait ages for a white Mercedes to come onto your drive then 2 turn up together! @Peter C @Zelandeth

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funny that

as theres a Beige Mercedes W123 Estate (complete with matching wheel trims :) ) that iv seen twice now on my driving lessons

curiously once while we where arriving at wanstead, and then today when we where just leaving home

am I being stalked by it or something! remains to be seen if I see it again for a 3rd time next lesson...

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11 minutes ago, Noel Tidybeard said:

i imagine a vitesse estate would be quite a thing

Obviously very easy to create, due to the Meccano nature of small Triumphs , but some were actually sold by Triumph, albeit not from Coventry . A few were created at the London Service and Parts depot in Park Royal, so we’re known as Park Royal Vitesse Estates.

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This is allegedly a genuine Park Royal. But as it would be so easy to recreate, who knows?

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8 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

The obvious question though, if you had to pick one to take home, which would it be?

I would like a bigger engine but have always resisted the urge to upgrade because I have liked the blue estate car so much from day one 7 years ago. Looking at the outstanding 200E manual I would stick with what I have partly because mine is Auto and in spite of the stunning condition of @Peter C. My 200TE wants to visit Peter for a wash and brush up.

I think the tougher question would be if I could pick between your W123 230TE and my 200TE. I am just not sure what I would do, yours is a more stylish car with a bigger engine and mine a bit more modern for daily use and an old friend????????????

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8 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

Obviously very easy to create, due to the Meccano nature of small Triumphs , but some were actually sold by Triumph, albeit not from Coventry . A few were created at the London Service and Parts depot in Park Royal, so we’re known as Park Royal Vitesse Estates.

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This is allegedly a genuine Park Royal. But as it would be so easy to recreate, who knows?

I have friends locally who have a Vitesse Estate which is probably not a Park Royal car, but who knows the conversion was done a long time ago.

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6 hours ago, Andyrew said:

You do have to wonder how the germans got the styling just right? not once but twice!

The earlier models classic shapes and the later car giving a nod to those highlights and iconic styling. 

Add to that comfort, and an air of class.

Stunning. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mercs look alright aswell.

It was a surprise to me how much I have liked this car. A random purchase because it was there and I wanted to give it a try has been a big success.  

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18 hours ago, Andyrew said:

You do have to wonder how the germans got the styling just right? not once but twice!

The earlier models classic shapes and the later car giving a nod to those highlights and iconic styling. 

Add to that comfort, and an air of class.

Stunning. .

 

Mercs look alright aswell.

30 day ban obvs.

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14 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

It was a surprise to me how much I have liked this car. A random purchase because it was there and I wanted to give it a try has been a big success.  

 

clinically insane :)

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15 hours ago, Six-cylinder said:

I have friends locally who have a Vitesse Estate which is probably not a Park Royal car, but who knows the conversion was done a long time ago.

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hnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggggggg (oof falls off also)

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1 hour ago, wuvvum said:

'Kinell, hotel prices are a tad* higher in late August than they were last time.  I might have to brave Milton Keynes...

If you are having to drive 3 miles 12 hardly makes any difference.

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5 hours ago, wuvvum said:

'Kinell, hotel prices are a tad* higher in late August than they were last time.  I might have to brave Milton Keynes...

I’ve booked Buckingham for Friday and Saturday, the expense of the Saturday night only made up for by the extreme cheapness of the Friday! Averages out at £60 per night for a family room (as I think we’re all coming)… not too horrific. 

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