Toyota 4AGE Power: 1979 Triumph Spitfire

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 spinning parts.  Find this 1979 Triumph Spitfire with Toyota 4AGE TwinCam Power offered for $10,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 w/ Toyota 4AGE 1600 Twin Cam engine and 5-speed Toyota transmission. California legal with BAR sticker.

Complete tune-up, new fuel injectors, wires, plugs, pulled the valve covers to check timing belts, replaced gaskets, checked complete system for vacuum leaks, replaced temp sensor, cleaned up a bunch of wiring, rebuilt taillights/running lights/replaced headlight, windshield wipers, clutch master cylinder seal…that was round one.

Then new tires all around and replaced the rear leaf spring.

Replaced the external fuel pump with a new Walbro pump and ran new wiring & relay from the fuse box to carry the load. Then pulled the old fuel line that was installed as part of the engine swap and replaced it will braided stainless steel line & new battery.

I’ve used the car as my daily driver for the past year.

Along with the car comes a spare ECU, full set of old slot mags, tonneau cover, Triumph & Toyota repair manuals.

The top is new with no rips or clouding of the windows. No rips in the seats or cracks in the dash cover. Paint is mostly original, you can see areas that have been sprayed over the years. Body is very straight for a 38 year old car. Not perfect, but a very, very respectable, very, very quick driver.

It’s currently running a straight pipe between header and Flowmaster muffler (clamped, not welded). I will provide the buyer with catalytic converter pipe that was on the car when it was smogged last year. It’s registered for another year.

Clean title.

Of course, feel free to ask any questions….I’m selling in order to buy a Fiat 500 Abarth.


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