Lot 107 - 1977 Triumph Spitfire Convertible (1500cc)
|Odometer reading||94,742 miles|
|Result||Sold - £7,280|
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 was subject to a lengthy restoration between 2000 and 2009 and is presented today as if this was just last year. The red coachwork is unmarked, as is the black interior with red piping on the seats and wooden dashboard. We are advised that "she drives as good as she looks" with no known faults. Fitted with manual transmission together with an overdrive unit, this Triumph is certainly a modern classic combining the styling typical of a car designed in the 60's, with being a perfectly useable sports car which is straightforward and easy to maintain for an enthusiast. The current vendor has owned UPY 686S since 2015; having owned one in the 70's she wanted to rekindle the love affair with the Spitfire but, due to lack of use, feels the time is right for this example to be passed on to a new owner. Offered with an MoT test certificate until August 2017 and with a good history file, this is sure to be a hit with auction goers.