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Triumph Gloria 'Twelve' Vitesse car.
At first I couldn't quite work out what I was looking at. The coachwork, rear of the bonnet, looked very Triumph, and was in very good order really, the doors opened very nicely, which suggested that the framework was in fine fettle. The front end I couldn't quite work out, although the wings did remind me of a Riley RM.
Next time I saw the car, it was with a new owner (Jimmy) and back on the road, for the first time in a number of years. It transpired that the car was indeed modified using a Gloria Vitesse as a starting point, with various Riley components being skillfully re-worked and adapted to fit the 1936 Triumph shown here. The bonnet is a one piece rear-hinged job, which was probably made for the job. The wings and (from memory) the running boards look like modified RM panels. They actually fit surprisingly well and you'd have to know your early Triumphs to spot that this wasn't a production model if you saw it driving by. Jimmy mentioned that the car, originally registered BRW658, spent much of its earlier life in the Whitchurch (Shropshire) area.
The car's current owner sent me some more information on the spec of the car:
Chris Clements is a modern-day car designer, responsible for such vehicles as the Ford Ka apparently, and appeared in the paper asking if anyone knew of the car's existence. It seems that the family reluctantly had to sell the car a few years ago to raise some cash, but seem to have regretted it ever since.
The Gloria Vitesse received its modifications by Chris' grandfather in the 1950s, incorporating the aforementioned Riley parts, a modified dash, plain disc wheels, and possibly a Riley engine too. He was keen to find out where the car now lives, and perhaps still is?
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