Since Leyland took over Standard-Triumph they have effected commendable improvements in the design, manufacture and servicing of their cars. Now further new models are announced to supplement the sports TR4. Very promising is the Triumph Vitesse, in effect an improved Herald, with chassis and suspension replanned for more power, and a body styled by Giovanni Michelotti, with four headlamps paired in what are described as “Chinese style”. A 6-cylinder 1,596-cc engine developes 70 bhp at 5,000 rpm, and the claimed performance is a top speed of 90 mph, an easy cruising pace of 80-plus, and 0-60 mph in fractionally over 17 sec. Disc front brakes, all-round independent suspension, close-ratio 4-speed gearbox (overdrive an optional extra), 25-ft. turning circle, 72 different driving-seat adjustments, a minimum of lubrication points and extensive use of bright anodised aluminium, and extruded bumper bars of this corrosion-proof material.
This Triumph Vitesse 6 costs £837 0s 3d, pt included in saloon form, £893 7s 9d as a convertible. The Standard Ensign saloon has been revised, with a TR4-size 2,183-cc 4-cylinder engine developing 75 bhp at 4,100 rpm.