Find new and used triumph spitfire classics for sale by classic car dealers and private sellers near you. We are closed to walk in traffic but please call in advance for possible special arrangements. The spitfire iii is a rear wheel drive convertiblecabriolet automobile with a front mounted engine, sold by triumph. Engine tuning data for the triumph spitfire and gt6 3 sur 4 11102008 15. Triumph spitfire ii engine technical data engine type number of cylinders. As a result, any problem with any component in the system will cause the angle drive to fail first. Richard brown bought it, and together with his friend nick julian he has been vintage racing it for about six years. In consequence, a more advantageous angle has been chosen for the rear swing axles than in the. Triumph spitfire much molested 1980 triumph spitfire with mazda 12a rotary, rx7 limited slip diff, miata brakes, yamaha r1 motorcycle shocks. The vehicle was based on a design produced for standard triumph in 1957 by italian designer giovanni michelotti. Today, it might not seem like a logical decision for a sports car enthusiast to choose a triumph spitfire or an mg midget, against say a mazda mx5, mgb or tr6, good little sportsters as they are. Underside of the driver s sill showing the spot welds. Check out free battery charging and engine diagnostic testing while you are in store. The is the 90 degree angle drive unit on the transmission for the speedometer cable for austin healey bn4 to bj8, mgb, mgc, triumph spitfire with overdrive.
Car specifications triumph spitfire 1500 19751980 moss. The 1972 triumph spitfire iv has 62 ps 61 bhp 46 kw horsepower. The now infamous wheel tuck results in a sudden and sometimes unpredictable loss of rear end grip if the driver liftsoff or if a rear wheel hits a bump midcorner. The 1500 changed only in response to the laws, not the marketplace. Because the herald used bodyonframe construction instead of a unitized body and chassis, it was possible to cut down the heralds frame and. Wide angle driving car suv interior clip on rear view mirror.
Moss motors is the worlds largest and oldest british parts supplier. Nonessential hand tools deadblow hammer, 7mm socket screwdriver, torque. Here up for bids is this very nice triumph spitfire. British parts northwest angle drive unit for speedometer cable. Everyone starts out with a spitfire, or similar, and we dont know anyone who looks back on the experience with anything other than fondness. It had the usual niggles of cars of the era but mothing particularly outstanding. Triumph spitfire door lock mechanism mkiv and 1500. It required quite a few chassis repairs before being blasted and painted. We drive a restored 1963 triumph spitfire 4, with just one owner since 1971. Common faults of a triumph spitfire find my classic car. Bigger engines weigh more, such as the 427, weighing 701 pounds. That caused me to install cruise control successfully on one spitfire i used for long drives.
There is a tendency among some triumph enthusiasts to view the spitfire as something less than a real triumph. We are accepting orders, however, deliveries may be delayed by several days. The car was largely based upon the chassis of the triumph herald saloon, but shortened and without the heralds outrigger sections. Triumph spitfire battery best battery parts for triumph.
What this pretty softtop triumph is really about, though, is fun. Stirling moss, widely considered to be the greatest driver never to have won the world championship in formula one, has died at his home in england following a long illness. Shop online for triumph spitfire shock absorbers, shock busings, sway bar brackets and more suspension products to provide ultimate balance between comfort and performance. This page lists spitfire and triumph clubs throughout the us and north america. It featured the bonnet and four angled headlights of the triumph vitesse and. This triumph spitfire mk3 came in to us for a full restoration. I wanted to take some more measurements to try to conclusively find where the fitment problem lay. Vintage exterior parts for triumph spitfire for sale ebay.
Sammio cordite triumph spitfire 1500 based kit factory. Engine tuning data for the triumph spitfire and gt6. However, for classic motoring enthusiasts, its our passion that dictates most of our buying decisions, not cold logic. Heres what its really like to buy an old british sports car. How the tr6 can work for a tall person squarespace. This spitfire was built in 1976 and is visibly well maintained by an enthusiast. And fun is something the spitfire delivers by the bucketload. When i started to do my prepurchase research on the triumph tr6, i quickly discovered that there were precious few resources addressing the car from the perspective of tall drivers. Engine, horsepower, torque, dimensions and mechanical details for the 1969 triumph spitfire mk3.
All this was a good deal back in 1962 when the triumph spitfire was introduced, and it is still that todaywith improve ments. At classic driver, we offer a worldwide selection of triumph spitfires for sale. While im not sure the correct angle if i was, we could solve the expected gap using simple geometry. Order your triumph spitfire door lock mechanism mkiv and 1500. The black interior with the wooden dashboard has that classic english look and feel. We had been looking for about 6 months and traveled about 1 hour to the dealership business was conducted in the early afternoon and the tr was in my driveway in kissimmee by 4. If you are intending to buy a triumph spitfire, you should have a walk round of the vehicle first to look at body condition, the interior and overall alignment of the body panels and doors. But thats where the sparkling realities of owning such a car come to a halt. Lemons classified on cars for sale partsequipmentgear for sale drivers wrenches looking for teams teams looking for drivers lemons newcomers bench racing lemons tech pics, pics, pics and vids other random car stuff drivers lounge our. Even by the standards of the day, windup windows and manual door locks were no luxury.
Spitfires extremely low centre of gravity and the big slip angle of 70 degrees. Get all the latest information on events, sales and offers. British parts northwest triumph spitfire suspension. You can use pieces of aluminium angle material, or buy dedicated protection. The main consideration is not the size, but the weight. Buy triumph spitfire interior mirrors and get the best deals. When the spitfire 1500 was new it was unreliable, poorly assembled and started to rust the second week you owned the car. Or change front pattern to 4x100 for better wheel choices. May 02, 2002 there is a tendency among some triumph enthusiasts to view the spitfire as something less than a real triumph. Air shocks for spitfire triumph club vintage triumph register.
Granted it wasnt a daily driver like that first triumph, but it never once let me down, never failed to start and the only money i spent on it was for the last 5%, all cosmetics. The triumph spitfire is already a great choice as an affordable classic because parts are so dang cheap, but when you find a clean runner for this kind of money, its a steal. We specialize in mg, tc, td, tf, mga, mgb, mgc, midget, triumph, tr2, tr3, tr3a, tr3b, tr4, tr4a. Triumph spitfires for sale used on oodle classifieds. A classmate in grade 12 got a canary yellow triumph spitfire as a graduation present. Spitfire as a daily drive page 1 triumph pistonheads. Triumph spitfire classic cars for sale classics on autotrader. The best reason for buying a spitfire is that the thing is a ball to drive.
Triumph overdrive speedo angle drive 120694 premium. The spitfire model is a cabriolet car manufactured by triumph, with 2 doors and seats, sold new from year 1970. Triumph tr pdf downloads triumph tr4a irs rebuild and. Chrono h1042 triumph spitfire mkiv 1970 open black.
We are currently open for business during this covid19 crisis. The angle drive is the weakest link in the speedo drive system. All in all, the common faults of a triumph spitfire are few and far between. Considering that the spitfire was more than twenty years old at the time, it could not have been a more different experience than the tr7, which had been bought new. The is the 90 degree angle drive unit on the transmission for the speedometer cable for austin healey bn4 to bj8, mgb, mgc, triumph spitfire with overdrive unit dtype and jtype, gt6 with overdrive dtype or jtype, triumph tr4a with overdrive unit and triumph tr6 with atype or jtype overdrive unit.
Use the filters to narrow down your selection based on price, year and mileage to help find your dream triumph spitfire. The triumph spitfire iv top speed is 156 kmh 97 mph. Ill keep adding resources as i find them and put them here for you to download. If the broken part is replaced with a new one, it will also break. The 1500 spitfire was really a patchwork response to american emission and safety standards. The car was positioned on the market as an inexpensive sports car. In the world we live in now, classic british sports cars have become less and less affordable. The triumph vitesse, spitfire and gt6 models are all based on modified.
We stock over 15,000 parts so that you can get the parts you need for your repair or restoration project fast. The only major repairs that were needed were to the bonnet and drivers door. Club triumph is run entirely by its members for its members and does not have paid employees. Early spitfire, herald, vitesse and gt6s featured a rear suspension design known as swing axle whereby the driveshaft acted as a lower link in the suspension and the transverse leaf spring bolted on top of the differential doubled as the upper link. The triumph spitfire is a wonderful car to look at, to imagine driving, and to be seen in. The weight of a standard triumph engine is 275 pounds.
Used triumph spitfire for sale with photos cargurus. The 1970 triumph spitfire represents an affordable way into the classic british sportscar experience. Triumph spitfire vehicle information this page is best viewed from your desktop pc, as there is a wealth of charts and graphics for your perusal. Douglas of the triumph network states that a variety of engines will fit, from the stock engine to a ford 427 big block. Air shocks for a triumph spitfire triumph club vintage. Adaptor, angle drive to speedometer cable, bn4 thru bj8, mgb 19621980, tr3,tr4,tr6,tr7, 19751976, spitfire overdrive only this fits your 1978 triumph spitfire. Triumph spitfire parts and accessories catalogue loco classics. Parker at ormond fine import autos treated me very well and went out of her way selling me this tr. Feb 09, 2017 actually, howard, as a long time driver of both, the spit is surprisingly more roomy inside than a tr46, with the one exception of the angle you end up with for your right leg and foot. There are other pages on this site with downloads but they are associated more with the page content.
Built in the early seventies by a racer in the atlanta georgia area, this triumph spitfire has a long scca racing history. Triumph s spitfire was based on the herald sedan, designed by italian designer giovanni michelotti, and meant to compete in the small sports car market against rivals like the austinhealey sprite. Join millions of people using oodle to find unique used cars for sale, certified preowned car listings, and new car classifieds. The very best reason to buy a spitfire is because the thing is a ball to drive.
Instantly, i had a much better fit all round, the driver s door cut out area was much better. The 24 hours of lemons forums lemons newcomers triumph spitfire jump to forum. New hood cone set hood cones for triumph tr4 tr4a tr250 tr6 gt6 and spitfire. The triumph herald is a small twodoor car introduced by standardtriumph of coventry in. I did this a couple of times, adjusting the angle of the seat back along.
Triumph articles, project cars, conversations, and more. And so it proves with the spitfire, the 060mph sprint taking a leisurely 15 seconds and threefigure speeds out of reach without a very favourable tailwind. Although this design is cheap and easy to manufacture, the handling performance is somewhat flawed. The 1493cc fourcylinder engine with two carburettors and open air filters runs very nicely and. Triumph spitfire 4 is a most exciting new, small sports. Triumph spitfire and gt6 a guide to originality, john thomason. They are not our words but american magazine car and driver from some 50 years ago. All classic british products are warrantied to be free from defects in material and workmanship for 2 years from the date of invoice.
Because of the way i was measuring it, this meant that the driver s side dash height was 832, or 14, too low assuming the height of the passengers side was proper, that is. Inside cv is vw type 2 bolt pattern so same adapter to diff. The triumph spitfire is a small british twoseat sports car, introduced at the london motor show in 1962 and manufactured between 1962 and 1980. Obviously you arent going to get a show car for a couple grand, but this spitfire does look clean and the seller has already done a lot of sorting. Triumph tr 2,3,4,4a,5,6 owners manual, parts catalogues, wiring diagrams. This car has been enthusiast owned and well cared for, it comes with a folder of receipts detailed the maintenance, service and upgrades done over the years. The bracketed figures in the text crossrefer with the key on pages 6 and 7 fuel gauge 1 at the side corresponding to non. Clearly id need a different bracket, so out came the angle grinder to leave me with this. Vintage headlights for triumph spitfire for sale ebay. Before the drivers license was got, i had a car already. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.
Find triumph spitfires for sale on oodle classifieds. Another idea 8892 vw jettagolf gti driver side axle 16and hub4x100. Not long ago, when i launched my second spitfire as a daily driver, i found it too. Triumph spitfire adventure chronicle of the acquisition of an 1969 triumph spitfire mkiii and the process of bringing this car to be a fun sunday driver. Get the best deals on vintage headlights for triumph spitfire when you shop. Suite a,10th floor, maple house, high street, potters bar, herts, en6 5bs. Not long ago, when i launched my second spitfire as a daily driver, i found it too suffered the same malady as other spitfire 1500s. It is important therefore before altering rear wheel alignment, that the causes necessitating adjustment are understood. Air shocks for a triumph spitfire vintage triumph register. In this episode from driving with gloves cor drives a 1978 triumph spitfire 1500. Triumph spitfire body repairs driver s sill installation. I drive a 1972 mkiv as a daily driver on my 60 mile round trip commute. Triumph model cars gt6, spitfire, herald, vitesse by.632 40 1274 1439 1477 1586 1539 1423 1373 1509 846 766 71 858 1131 35 1551 1001 1422 391 992 1277 103 1259 1101 410 1163 983 280 934 637 1141 839 1427 184 623 84 990 374 1221 936 148