According to the original brochure, the Triumph Spitfire 1500 is a true sports car whose classic lines express 'the harmony of power and grace which is the car's hallmark.' The brochure boasted that the 1,493 cc engine is strict on fuel, but generous on power. Developing 71 bhp at 5,500 rpm, 'the sharp, confident accelerator can take you up to the 100 mph mark,' while the optional overdrive is reported to allow 50 mpg.
This Car There is no question about it, any car that only shows 35 original miles on the odometer can only be considered a brand new car. On top of this, it is also the last of its kind, as Triumph ceased production of the Spitfire in 1980. This car stayed in the hands of the Triumph dealer for many years. Finished in white with a black-and-white interior, this car is equipped with factory overdrive, a luggage rack, and is complete with its original Certificate of Origin, invoice from Triumph to the selling dealer, and a letter to the Dealer (dated in 1985) with regard to a warrantee claim.
The car features essentially brand-new all-around independent suspension, positive and accurate rack-and-pinion steering, radial tires and an anti-roll bar on the front. The 9-inch disc brakes in the front and the drums on the rear were barely used; in fact, over the course of 35 miles, one could probably guess the brake pedal was only used a few dozen times.
Contoured seats with headrests are faced in houndstooth-patterned brushed-nylon fabric, and interior appointment include a walnut veneer fascia on the dashboard, pile carpet, two front parcel shelves and a center armrest. Cigar lighter, padded steering wheel and a two-speed electric windshield wiper round out the amenities.
'The Spitfire has performance, it has style. It is economical and robust. It has impeccable road manners which come from the proud traditions of the Triumph sports car, a pedigree which assures you of technical excellence and reliability with styling and appointments to appeal to the individualist.'
This is what car collecting is all about, as this Spitfire represents a time machine back to the Triumph showrooms of 1980, a car for any collection and worthy of a museum.Also photographed at :