The Triumph Spitfire was a small 2 seat convertible manufactured by the boys in the West Midlands from 1962 to 1980. It was a light, simple, low-power, little roadster that preferred winding roads to drag strips…but it wasn’t known for long term reliability. Enter the Mazda Miata — it took up where the MG and the Spitfire left off — open air motoring with durability and reliability. So what’s a British car enthusiast to do? Do you give in to the siren song of the MX-5 or do you shove all of those highly refined parts under the skin of a some old British piece and hope that rust doesn’t ruin your restomod dreams? Find this 1975 Triumph Spitfire with MX-5 power offered for $9,950 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Zach who writes; If only there were people who knew how to make keys. Or screwdrivers, this is a vintage British car, you could probably start with a key from a can of Spam. Mmmm, spiced ham. I’m hungry now. Find this 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 offered for $3,600 in Westminster, CO via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Zach who writes: The Mk III Spitfires still had the chrome bumpers, upsized engine 1296cc vs 1147cc earlier unit. Looks to have most all the pieces you’d want there – OD, hardtop, replacement floors to be welded in… if the sills are good, this is about as straight forward as you can get. Difficult to tell, but body panels generally appear straight. Pretty much any part you need is available and after you go through and clean the electrical bits, as reliable as you need on a project car. I still miss my ’70. Right on Zach…buy this one!! Find this 1969 Triumph Spitfire Mk3 offered for $1500 near Portland, OR via craigslist.
The biggest problem with driving a 90s Miata is that everyone knows it is fun, reliable, and easy version of a classic British roadster. While an MX-5 might be a great car for a curvy road on a fresh spring day, it doesn’t get much attention or street cred at your local classic car night. […]
The Triumph Spitfire was a tiny, lightweight, two-seat sports car assembled in Coventry, UK from 1962-1980. A competitor of the Austin-Healey Sprite & MG Midget, the Spitfire was only available with a small inline four cylinder engine and didn’t get the bigger inline sixes available to the GT6 or TR6 — but it is a […]
Last I checked most of the Midwest was under about 30 feet of snow, so I’m not sure when these pictures were taken, but it looks like convertible season to me! Find this 1960ish Lotus Seven kit offered for $6750 in Hubbard, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck. From the seller: 2013 Lotus fuel: gas […]
The Triumph Spitfire was a diminutive, featherweight, two-seat sports car assembled in Coventry, UK from 1962-1980. A competitor of the Austin-Healey Sprite & MG Midget, the Spitfire was only available with a small inline four cylinder engine and didn’t get the bigger inline sixes available to the GT6 or TR6. Don’t worry, lots of folks […]
Is it more true that it is more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow? With about 53 horsepower on tap, the featherweight Triumph Spitfire 16 second 0-60 time falls clearly in the deep end of the slow car category. The malaise era was equally cruel to British car engine […]
This next car comes from tipper Rock On who writes: This has to have one hell of a power to weight ratio!!! Yeah, it also comes with a giant hole in the hood, which is good or bad depending on your particular feeling about hood “speed” holes. Find this 1974 Triumph Spitfire offered for $11,900 in La […]
The Triumph Spitfire is a very small British roadster named after an iconic WWII fighter, the highest production British airplane of all time. The Spitfire vehicle didn’t quite achieve the same success as its namesake fighter plane, but it does have a decent cult following and gets lively if you up the horsepower from the […]