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glang
December 7, 2017, 12:09pm Report to Moderator

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Does anyone else think the roof height on the Herald/vitesse is too high or is it just me? The car is a great design but for me would look much better with a roofline an inch or two lower! I can't understand why Michelotti made it so high as there's plenty of headroom and even more so back in the day when people were smaller. I don't know if anyone has attempted the horrendous job of chopping a bit off the roof but I would love to see it....
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Rosbif
December 7, 2017, 12:44pm Report to Moderator

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Back in the day I wasn't any smaller than I am now and the Herald I learnt to drive in seemed fine.

I'm smaller now with age and less hair, probably the same volume just relocated body mass.


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Bitumen Boy
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IMO it looks just fine as it is, and gives plenty of room for hats. My modern has dirty marks on the headlining where my hat has rubbed, but no issues in the Herald...  
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Rosbif
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Quoted from Bitumen Boy
IMO it looks just fine as it is, and gives plenty of room for hats. My modern has dirty marks on the headlining where my hat has rubbed, but no issues in the Herald...  


Answer: Drive a convertible


Ruby : 1968 13/60 convertible
"I'm not rich enough to buy cheap"

"If it isn't broken don't fix it" - where's the fun in that?
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vitessesteve
December 7, 2017, 3:52pm Report to Moderator

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If you want less head room how about driving a GT6 or hardtop Spitfire.


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Quoted from vitessesteve
If you want less head room how about driving a GT6 or hardtop Spitfire.

I used to share lifts with a chap who was unusually tall - which ruled him out from driving many modern cars, especially those with sunroofs. He found that my GT6 had plenty of headroom.


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1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
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1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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glang
December 7, 2017, 5:00pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from vitessesteve
If you want less head room how about driving a GT6 or hardtop Spitfire.


It's not that I want less headroom just that I think the roof is slightly out of proportion and would look racier being lower
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December 7, 2017, 5:50pm Report to Moderator


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Dion
December 7, 2017, 6:51pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from RobPearce

I used to share lifts with a chap who was unusually tall - which ruled him out from driving many modern cars, especially those with sunroofs. He found that my GT6 had plenty of headroom.

Twenty years ago my brother (6'4") tried to sit behind the wheel of a Mk1 GT6 and found out he did not fit, no room for his legs. He decided then he would not try to find a Mk1. I have no problem (6'1").
Looking back at the pic it seems it was a Herald wheel?



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daver clasper
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I love the styling of vit/herald. Though.

From a couple of angles, say about 30 degrees out from the sides viewing back or front, from a distance, it looks very bulky from waist to bottom.

Will have another view of the roof line.

One thing that didn't work for me, was when rover did the P5  saloon with the coupe lowered roof.

Cheers, Dave
  
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Bitumen Boy
December 7, 2017, 8:22pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Rosbif


Answer: Drive a convertible


But how would I carry doors, timber, pipes etc on top of a convertible? A good few years ago now I made a roofrack for the Herald out of mostly scrap materials that's still going strong. I think the stuff I paid for - mostly nuts, bolts and paint - came to about £20 in total.
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Quoted from Bitumen Boy


But how would I carry doors, timber, pipes etc on top of a convertible? A good few years ago now I made a roofrack for the Herald out of mostly scrap materials that's still going strong. I think the stuff I paid for - mostly nuts, bolts and paint - came to about £20 in total.


Wait until it rains and then put the roof up


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herald948
December 8, 2017, 1:46am Report to Moderator


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Quoted from glang
Does anyone else think the roof height on the Herald/vitesse is too high or is it just me?


I can honestly say that I've never given the subject any thought at all. Of course, having max'd out at 5'6" about 40 years ago, almost everything looks tall to me.  



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glang
December 8, 2017, 7:30am Report to Moderator

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Yup it's a fine line and as we can see easy to go a chop too far! I reckon the solution for me would be to go convertible but with one of those sloping coupe tops.....
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