Lot 208 - 1966 Triumph Spitfire Four Mk. II
|Odometer reading||62,590 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £19,000|
The 1962 Earls Court Motor Show saw the introduction of the Triumph Spitfire 4, a small lightweight sports car designed by Michelotti and a design that had much in common with its sibling, the Triumph Herald. The '4' within the title referred to the four-cylinder engine with thoughts to the future of producing a six-cylinder version. In UK specification, the in-line four produced 63bhp at 5750rpm which 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 4 Mk. II was introduced. It was very similar to the Mk. I; in addition to small trim changes, a revised camshaft and exhaust design gave the Mk. II a modest 4bhp increase in power. With a fully opening front end, servicing was a delight and today, these British sports cars are well catered for by several specialists throughout the UK. This pretty little car outsold its Abingdon rivals during every year of production except one and that was the year the Canley factory went on strike. Production finally ceased in the summer of 1980 ending an 18-year production run; quite something for this small sports car.
This superb, matching numbers, Triumph Spitfire 4 Mk. II has been the subject to a complete restoration to the highest of standards, this includes the body being completely stripped down and restored making sure that all the gaps were correct when reassembled, the engine and gearbox disassembled then fully checked and rebuilt, refitted to car with new clutch and having the carburettors checked and balanced. A new red interior fitted including new carpets and new black soft top, also fitted four new tyres and a factory hard top painted in old English white. This excellent Spitfire finished in red is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in March 2018, the heritage certificate and a photographic record of the restoration. This is one of the best early Spitfires ever to come to market and a perfect investment opportunity.
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