Lot 285 - 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 Convertible
|Odometer reading||40,853 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,504|
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 mechanicals from their small saloon, the Herald, to underpin the new project. Italian designer, Michelotti was commissioned for the new project 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 four subsequent variants ensued. The latest of which was the Mk. IV, complete with a 1500cc engine, a top speed of 100mph and 0 to 60 mph 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.
This delightful Spitfire 1500 has been restored and presents in splendid condition. The red coachwork is unmarked, as is the black interior with 'chequered centre panels' on the seats and wooden dashboard. We are advised "she drives as good as she looks" with no known faults. Fitted with manual transmission together with an overdrive unit, this Triumph is best categorised as a modern classic. The styling is typical of a car designed in the 60's, although this example is a perfectly useable sports car which is straightforward and easy to maintain for an enthusiast. The current vendor has owned VUX 144S since 2010 and, due to lack of use, feels the time is right for this 37 year old friend to be passed on to a new owner.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.