The Triumph Spitfire was a light weight sports car built in Britain from 1962 to 1980 in four generations. Power came from a number of small low displacement inline-4 cylinder engines, but the chassis is competent and looks good with the early style bumpers and a bit of lowering. Shoving a superbike engine into front of a Spitfire is a surefire way to build a hot rod that’ll kill you quicker than you can say “drum brakes!” Find this 1976 Triumph Spitfire Mk IV with Yamaha R1 power for sale in Carver, MA for $2,500 via craigslist. Tip from Art C.
This craigslist ad could be better, but in the blurry photos we can see what looks like a Mk IV Spitfire with an intake sticking up through the top of the matte black hood.
It is supremely disappointing when a swap like this doesn’t include a single under hood photo, but the R1 is powered by a 1.0 liter superbike engine that puts out something between 150 and 180 horsepower depending on model year. This is a considerable bump up from the stock 63 horsepower iron boat anchor.
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