5k Flash: 1978 Triumph Spitfire, 39k miles

After completing just 39,000 miles, this carotene-hued ankle-biter is listed by the owner’s parents. They say he wanted his ownership to be as reliable as possible. You’ve got to hand it to him for finding the least expensive route of British sports car ownership: not driving it. It’s also possible that after parking it in the garage one day, its existence merely slipped his mind. This is an experience many of us have with Idaho. Find this 1978 Triumph Spitfire in Boise, ID for $4,500 via craigslist.

The sub-5k price is the result of clashing attributes. Namely, low miles and militant adherence to originality versus one of the least desirable years for a Spitfire. Impact bumpers, low static compression ratio, and emissions hardware crippling the 1.5-liter scamp with just 50-ish horsepower. It reaches highway speeds in over 15 seconds, during which time most modern vehicles would complete a quarter mile. But its curves and 1,500-pound curb weight keep it in enthusiasts’ garages… for a few years, before surrendering to rust or electrical failure. Surely 39,000 more miles in this Spitfire couldn’t cause undue anguish, right? 

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.