Posts Tagged ‘spitfire’

Steamy Spittie – 1969 Triumph Spitfire

January 30, 2016

With all the recent attention given to Alfa, Porsche, and Jaguar sports cars, you’d be excused for forgetting about some of the more accessible British sports cars, like the Triumph Spitfire. With five generations of Spitfire stretching over 18 years, there are plenty of flavors to choose from , starting with the slow and simple Spitfire 4 and finishing with the slow and complicated Spitfire 1500. The Spitfire Mark III is arguably one of the better renditions, retaining the more popular styling of the Mark I-III cars and gaining a proper folding top, a larger 1296cc engine with 8hp more (and presumably a bump in torque), though 7hp of this were lost to emissions regulations by 1969. The instrument panel was no longer center-mounted, moving to a traditional placement in front of the driver. Let’s take a look at this 1969 Triumph Spitfire for sale for $2500 in Yachats, OR.

1969 Triumph Spitfire right front



Breathing Fire – 1974 Triumph Spitfire

November 17, 2015

On the search for a good example of an MG Midget, the other junior British sports car showed up in some results. With its diminutive size and Italian styling, it could have easily passed for an etceterini in another life, so how about this equation: (Triumph Spitfire) + (hopped up Fiat 1100 engine + cool Italian wheels) = profit? Okay, maybe that’s a bit absurd, so let’s try a Spitfire with a hopped up Spitfire engine, and fortunately there’s this 1974 Triumph Spitfire for sale for $3000 in Bullhead City, AZ.

1974 Triumph Spitfire left front


Better than a Messerschmitt – 1972 Triumph Spitfire

August 20, 2014

The concept of a British roadster as a daily driver has more or less disappeared from our roads. And while the remaining cars are often restored, collector-quality examples, there are still driver-quality ones out there that more closely resemble what you might have chosen as your fun driver before the Miata showed up. And aside from pleasing the patina fiends, and people who say it’s only original once, there’s something fun in seeing a car that’s not perfect, and there’s almost a more nostalgic sense from seeing a car in the state it would have been as a 15-year-old used car instead of one that’s showroom new. A great example of this is this 1972 Triumph Spitfire for sale with bidding at $2550, no reserve, and only 2 hours left to go in Cicero, NY.

1972 Triumph Spitfire right front