Lot 230 - 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500
|Odometer reading||8,717 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,640|
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 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 60mph 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 late, very original Triumph Spitfire 1500 has had one owner from new and has covered a mere 8,720 miles. Purchased by Mr. Wright of Wright Motors in 1978, it was used as a personal car and the occasional showroom demonstrator. Finished in yellow with black interior with 'chequered centre panel cloth seats, this Spitfire is supplied with a V5C registration document, a full tool kit, tonneau covers, the complete original handbook pack and a file containing old MoT certificates which confirm the odometer reading of 8,700 miles. A rare opportunity to purchase a very low mileage, original Triumph Spitfire with good history and provenance.
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.