Lot 331 - 1965 Triumph Spitfire Four Mk. II
|Odometer reading||10,104 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,400|
The production car changed little from the prototype, although the full-width rear bumper was dropped in favour of two part-bumpers curving round each corner, with overriders. Mechanics were basically stock Herald with the notable addition of front disc brakes. The engine was an 1,147cc four-cylinder with a pushrod OHV cylinder head and two valves per cylinder, mildly tuned for the Spitfire, fed by twin SU carburettors. Also from the Herald, came the rack and pinion steering and coil-and-wishbone front suspension, and at the rear, a single transverse-leaf swing axle arrangement. The body was bolted to a much-modified Herald chassis, the outer rails and the rear outriggers having been removed; little of the original Herald chassis design was left and the Spitfire used structural outer sills to stiffen its body tub. For 1964, an overdrive option was added to the four-speed manual gearbox to give more relaxed cruising. Wire wheels and a hard top were also available. In March 1965, the Spitfire Mk. II was launched. It was very similar to the Mk. I but featured a more highly tuned engine, through a revised camshaft design, a water-cooled intake manifold, and tubular exhaust manifold, increasing the power to 67bhp at 6000 rpm. The coil-spring design clutch of the Mk. I was replaced with a Borg and Beck diaphragm spring clutch; North American models retained the coil-spring housing and were also equipped with AC-Delco distributors. The exterior trim was modified with a new grille and badges. The interior trim was improved with redesigned seats and by covering most of the exposed surfaces with rubber cloth. The original moulded rubber floor coverings were replaced with moulded carpets.
This Triumph Spitfire Four Mk. II has been in one family from new and has covered a mere 10,000 miles since its purchase from Portsmouth Garages in June 1965. It remained in Sussex with its purchaser until August 2010 with all the MoT test certificates and service book confirming the mileage covered of only 9,377 miles. Since then, the car was taken to Triumph Specialists where £6,000 was spent on all the mechanical re-commissioning and then £13,000 on new panels and paintwork, all completed to the highest standards. Finished in the original green with black and piped in white seats, this stunning and rare Spitfire Four Mk. II is fitted with a Les Weston steering wheel and supplied with a V5C registration document, an advise free MoT test certificate, a number of original documents including first bill of sale, 1965 sales brochure, original hand book and service book. This is a unique opportunity to buy a very low mileage Spitfire with a complete history in perfect condition which is ready to use, show and enjoy.
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