BaT Auction: Triumph Spitfire
This Triumph Spitfire is powered by a 1,500cc inline-four modified with TR6 pistons, Weber 40 DCOE carburetors, and electronic ignition. The previous owner was a member of the Washington, DC Triumph club who acquired the car in 1987 and installed the modifications, which also included 13” Carroll Shelby wheels, adjustable Monroe rear shocks, upgraded sway bars, a quad-exit exhaust, and more. The seller purchased the car from the widow of its previous owner three years ago, and subsequent service included a fluid change, chassis lube, and installation of a Bosch alternator. This Spitfire is offered with records beginning in 1987, a 1992 Grassroots Motorsports article listing the car as a 1980 model, and a clean Virginia title in the seller’s name listing it as a 1972 model.
The body was reportedly repainted in British Racing Green in the 1980s, and the work included the installation of some body panels and other parts from both a 1972 and 1980 Spitfire. The bumpers were refinished in black following a minor front-end collision in the early 1990s. Occasional chips in the finish are pointed out by the seller. The black soft top is pictured both raised and lowered in the gallery below.
Gold-painted 13” Carroll Shelby wheels with polished lips are wrapped in Yokohama Advan tires date-coded from 2002, which should be replaced due to age. Aftermarket springs have been installed along with upgraded sway bars and Monroe air-adjustable rear shocks.
Bucket seats are trimmed in black vinyl with matching carpets and branded rubber floor mats. The wood-paneled dash houses an older aftermarket cassette stereo as well as factory instrumentation including a 5-digit odometer reportedly showing 98k miles, approximately 2,300 of which were added by the seller.
Interior components are featured in the driving video above. A Grant GT 3-spoke steering wheel and wood shift knob have been added. A split is present in the dash pad.
The 1,500cc inline-four was reportedly balanced, blueprinted, bored .040″ over, and rebuilt with TR6 pistons by the previous owner. Further additions include dual Weber 40 DCOE carburetors, a Mallory distributor with Crane Cams electronic ignition, a header and quad-exit Monza exhaust system, and an aftermarket oil cooler. Shifting is through a 4-speed manual transmission.
A cold start video is provided above. More recent work included a 2015 fluid and lube service along with installation of a Bosch alternator. The engine needs to warm up before idling steadily according to the seller, and the carburetors should be serviced. The sale includes spare parts and a tune-up kit.
Driving videos are viewable above and here. The seller believes the car to be assembled from components primarily from a 1980 model as described in the 1992 Grassroots Motorsports article, though it is titled and registered as a 1972 as shown on the title in the gallery below, along with images of the matching VIN and chassis tags..
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