Lot 262 - 1966 Triumph Spitfire 4 Mk. II
|Odometer reading||29,000 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £19,000|
The Spitfire was an inexpensive small sports car and as such had rather basic trim by today's standards, including rubber mats and a large plastic steering wheel. It was nonetheless considered fairly comfortable by period standards as it had roll-down windows and exterior door locks as well as a relatively full instrumentation. These early cars were referred to both as 'Triumph Spitfire Mk. I' and 'Spitfire 4', not to be confused with the later Spitfire Mk IV. The 'Spitfire 4' name indicated the possibility of the later appearance of a six-cylinder version. In UK specification, the in-line four produced 63bhp at 5750rpm. This gave a top speed of 92mph and would achieve 0 to 60mph in 16.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption was 31mpg. 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 6000rpm. The coil-spring design clutch of the Mk. I was replaced with a Borg and Beck diaphragm spring clutch. 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. It was introduced at a base price of £550, compared to the Sprite's £505 and the Midget's £515. Top speed was claimed to be 96mph and its 0-60 mph time of 14.8 seconds was considered lively.
This national prize winning 1966 Triumph Spitfire Four Mk. II with overdrive was subject to a complete nut and bolt, chassis up restoration in 1998. It changed hands in 2001 and in 2006 the new owner took it to renowned Triumph Specialists Jigsaw of Kettering and invested a further £5,000 on a mechanical rebuild including: a rebuild of the original engine to stage two fast-road specification running on unleaded fuel giving 75bhp, the gearbox with D-type overdrive rebuilt, rear differential, fitted stainless steel sports exhaust and the suspension polybushed; it has only covered 2,000 miles since. Finished in green with matching hard top, black interior and Moto Lita steering wheel, this stunning car comes with many prize-winning trophies for shows attended. This Spitfire is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate, a Heritage certificate, seven books of pictures of the rebuild and two large box files of invoices. This is one of the best early Spitfires ever to come to market and a perfect investment opportunity.
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.