Equipe - May 1963 to August 1970
The GT 2+2 was a sports saloon based on the Triumph Herald chassis. It had all-independent suspension, front disc brakes and the Mark I Spitfire 1147cc engine fitted with twin carburettors. The body utilised the Herald floor, bulkhead, windscreen and doors with the roof, rear body and front, forward hinging, bonnet being designed and manufactured by Bond. The front had an oval mesh grille and rectangular side / flasher lights below single headlamps. From the windscreen, the roof sloped rearwards to finish with three separate, round, rear lights each side of the number plate. There was no external opening boot lid and luggage access was from inside with the rear seat folded down. Pre-production and very early production vehicles had fixed, non-opening, rear side windows.
The GT4S was introduced. Mechanics and chassis were as for the GT. 2+2, but with a restyled bodywork, giving increased headroom for the rear seat passengers. It also featured a "sawn-off" rear end with an opening boot lid, twin headlamps and a slatted grille of five horizontal bars. A higher output C40-L dynamo and a RB340 control box were fitted.
The introduction of the GT4S 1300. A Mark III Spitfire 1296cc engine was fitted giving an increase in b.h.p. to 75. The rear suspension was improved and the front disc brake calliper area increased. Map pockets were added to the door trims, a polished walnut gear knob replaced the plastic one and "1300" badges were added to the front wings. The seat belt anchorage points were also upgraded to conform to the latest Ministry of Transport regulations.
The Mark I, 2 Litre GT Sports Saloon was a completely new, restyled two-door with fastback bodywork (including windscreen and door skins) mounted on the Triumph Vitesse chassis and powered by the 1998cc, 95 b.h.p. six cylinder engine using an all-synchromesh, four-speed gearbox. Externally, a full width grille with horizontal bars, twin headlamps, wrap-around bumpers, new rear lamps and large rear window. Inside, the Vitesse instrument fascia, new design of front seat trimmed in "Ambla", a three-spoke leather covered steering wheel and the radio aerial fitted as standard but mounted internally inside the roof.
A Mark II saloon and convertible were introduced utilising a new lower-wishbone rear suspension and the engine power increased to 104 b.h.p. Other minor improvements were the "Rostyle" wheel trims, new back seat armrests, larger side pockets and a centre glove compartment. The convertible had a new rear body that allowed the hood to be completely stowed away behind the rear seat.
Equipe GT 2+2 Chassis Number Range: O/5/101 to P/10/544
Equipe GT 2+2 Production = 451 (including 7 known pre-production cars)