Lot 309 - 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500
|Odometer reading||37,500 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,720|
The Triumph Spitfire was originally devised by Standard-Triumph to compete in the small sports car market which had opened up with the introduction of the Austin-Healey Sprite. Triumph's idea was to use the mechanics from their small saloon, the Herald, to underpin the new project. Italian designer Michelotti was commissioned for the new design and came up with a traditional, swooping body as well as a single-piece front end which tilted forwards to offer unrivalled access to the engine. It was a huge success and three subsequent variants ensued, the last of which was the Spitfire Mk. IV complete with a 1500cc engine. Top speed was now at the magical 100mph and 0 to 60mph was reached in 13.2 seconds. The last one ever to be produced was never used and now resides in the Heritage Motor Museum at Gaydon.
Presented in spectacular condition, this 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 has been the subject to a fully documented and photographed ground-up restoration and is described by the vendor as in 'as new' condition. Finished in signal red with brown and beige interior, this stunning Spitfire is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2015 and a comprehensive file containing written details, a photographic record and invoices of the rebuild. With nearly 96,000 cars made for both the UK and USA, this must represent one of the finest; not only because it is in excellent condition throughout but also because it has been restored to the highest of standards.
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