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1962 Triumph Spitfire MKI

The Triumph Spitfire, based on the Triumph Herald chassis, became available for sale in late 1962. Power was from an overhead-valve four-cylinder engine displacing 70 cubic-inches and offering 63 horsepower. They had a four-speed manual transmission and disc brakes in the front. The suspension setup was the same fully-independent design found in the herald, but with a new backbone style chassis that had a shorter wheelbase than the Herald. It had a welded monocoque construction, a small split grille in the front, and slightly cut-down doors. Center-lock wire wheels became available in 1963. The base price for the 1962 Spitfire Mk I 2-door roadster began at $2,200.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2019

Related Reading : Triumph Spitfire History

In 1962 the British company Triumph introduced a two-seater sports car named the Spitfire. The Austin-Healey Sprite had proven there was a demand for small cars with sporty intentions. Triumph wanted a piece of this market and felt they could produce a better automobile than the Sprite. In September of 1960 construction of a prototype began and was codenamed Bomb. Triumph used the mechanical....
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1962 Spitfire MKI
$2,200-$16,700
1962 Triumph Spitfire MKI Base Price : $2,200

$2,670 - $2,840
$2,850 - $3,025

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Triumph
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)15,806
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)17,184
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)15,967
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)15,967
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)20,117
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)15,967
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)15,967
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)17,720
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)22,922
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)16,245
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)

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