Lot 92
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Estimation :
15000 - 20000 EUR
Number: LD116330 French registration 1964: Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti develops a grand touring convertible based on a Triumph 2000 saloon. Harry Webster, Triumph's chief engineer, was seduced by his friend's model and decided to launch it into production. This was a good thing, because Triumph was looking more and more at the American market. And a 4-seater convertible with a V8 engine would be perfectly suited. To meet American safety standards, Triumph fitted a roll bar to its convertible. Under the hood, engineers decided to develop their own V8 engine. This engine, specific to this model, had alloy cylinder heads and an overhead camshaft per cylinder bank. With a displacement of 3 liters, fed by two Stromberg carburetors, it developed 147 horsepower and could be combined with a 4-speed manual gearbox (overdrive optional) or a 3-speed automatic transmission. The chassis was perfectly modern for its time, with a self-supporting body and 4 independent wheels. It was not a small British roadster, but an attempt to enter the top of the range of Triumph, which was at the time very successful with its Spitfire, a range below. In 1970, when it was released, it was necessary to seduce a wealthy clientele. Less than 26,000 units were produced between November 1969 and June 1977. The selected vehicle has a beautiful green paint job, enhanced by a double gold fillet on the belt. It is a beautiful, powerful, comfortable, spacious and silent tourer with a mechanical system in good condition. Easily usable as a 2-seater thanks to its windscreen and its tonneau cover to cover the rear seat offering a significant additional luggage space. Moreover, this vehicle is equipped with its "Veronique" on the rear trunk for the transport of luggage. The dashboard is in original wood, enhanced by a beautiful wood and aluminum sport steering wheel (MOTO LITA accessory). The black skai upholstery is in perfect condition. The car has its original aluminium rims and is equipped with a Blaupunkt car radio with stereo CD player, in perfect working order. We present a very flexible and pleasant car to use, which just wants to drive and swallow the miles. A 4-seater convertible with Italian design and a superb sounding V8, what more could you ask for? Power steering and electric windows? It is equipped with them!
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