1970 MG Gentry


  • Very well kept car 
  • One of only 80 built in 1979 
  • Based on potent Triumph Vitesse running gear
  • Nicely detailed with quality fittings 
  • Vintage style with classic performance 

The Appeal 

Mixing the vintage style and classic performance of two of British motoring’s best-loved marques was an inspired move. The resulting Gentry proved popular, its high-quality bodywork aping the classic MG TF while the running gear came from the Triumph Herald or more potent Vitesse.
Gentrys featured aluminium and fibreglass bodywork and were produced to high standards. This very well-kept car reflects that, its smartly trimmed interior being particularly appealing. 
It is one of 80 built in 1979 and likely one of only a handful to use the Vitesse’s 6cyl 2litre power. The result is a high quality car that has clearly been carefully looked after by its owners. Enthusiasts of vintage-style cars searching for a car with a little more va-va-voom to keep up with modern traffic need look no further. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered as a Triumph Vitesse on 5th March 1970 
  • Still registered as a Triumph Vitesse with the DVLA 
  • Originally red and changed to blue on 1st June 1979 
  • Gentry kits were available from 1974 to 1989 with peak production in 1979 when 80 were produced
  • 10 registered keepers from new 
  • Vendor acquired the car on 2nd February 2023 
  • MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt by age
  • Last MOT expired on 16th July 2018 with no advisories on test and 12,665miles showing 
  • Covered less than 1,000 miles since last MOT test 

The Condition

  • Attractive and well preserved blue paintwork with red panel beading 
  • Mix of corrosion-resistant fibreglass and aluminium panels
  • Sits on silver painted wire wheels with knock-off spinners 
  • Triumph Vitesse chassis which appears to be in good order
  • Chromework in good condition with rear luggage rack fitted showing light tarnish 
  • Exposed spare wheel and ‘fuel tank’ under finished in painted aluminium 
  • Blue fabric roof in good order with excellent fit and well fitted side screens 
  • Smart red pleated vinyl seats with matching dash roll all well kept 
  • Black carpets with red piping also in good condition 
  • Veneer dashboard with Triumph dials all remarkably well preserved
  • Small wood-rimmed, three spoke steering wheel fitted

The Mechanics 

  • 1,998cc Triumph straight six engine fitted
  • Twin SU carburettors
  • 4spd manual gearbox 
  • Sparing use since last MOT 
  • No reported running or mechanical issues 


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A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1970
  • Make Triumph
  • Model Vitesse
  • Colour Dark blue
  • Odometer 13,365 Miles
  • Engine size 1998
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Lyme Regis
  • Location Devon
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
38 bids
  • Da•••• £6,195 07/03/24
  • se•••• £6,095 07/03/24
  • Da•••• £5,995 07/03/24
  • se•••• £5,957 07/03/24
  • Da•••• £5,857 07/03/24
  • se•••• £5,757 07/03/24
  • Da•••• £5,701 07/03/24
  • Da•••• £5,601 07/03/24
  • ch•••• £5,501 07/03/24
  • Da•••• £5,401 07/03/24
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