Lot 147 - 1963 Triumph Spitfire 4
|Chassis Number||FC 8036|
|Engine Number||FC 8308-HE|
|Odometer reading||74,081 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,000|
The Triumph Spitfire 4, retrospectively known as the Triumph Spitfire 4 Mk. I, is a rare sight on the roads today even though they were built in greater numbers than, what later became, the Spitfire 4 Mk. II. The designation 4 referred to the four-cylinder engine with Triumph planning a future Spitfire 6 with a six-cylinder power unit. These lightweight and nimble sports cars were designed by Giovanni Michelotti, the Italian design flair still evident and resulting in them being attractive and desirable today.
With this in mind, we are delighted to offer this pretty 1963 Triumph Spitfire 4 that has spent the majority of its life in the West Country. The British Motor Industry Heritage Certificate states that this Spitfire was built on 25th April, 1963 and dispatched to Somerset Motors Limited, Taunton, on 30th April, 1963. Subject to an older restoration, 983 UYA is presented in overall excellent order. The coachwork is very smart and complimented with a set of painted wire wheels; of particular note is the bonnet that appears to have never been repaired and still retains its original spot welds. The paintwork is in good order with only some minor blemishes and some slight dulling on the bonnet top; however, this does not detract from the overall smart appearance. During the current ownership, the Spitfire has benefitted from an overhauled suspension and include adjustable Spax shock absorbers, overhauled chrome work, the addition of period Jaeger oil pressure gauge and clock, four new tyres as well as many other items all supported by invoices. During its life, the Spitfire has gained a correct style overdrive gearbox and further benefits from a stainless steel exhaust system (excluding manifold), new soft top (never fitted), tonneau cover and a desirable hardtop. A period style stereo with iPod connection is fitted and the steering wheel is from a later Mk. III model, the original is retained and is included. A large file accompanies the Triumph and includes the previously mentioned Heritage Certificate, the original buff log book, invoices, catalogue of Triumph dealers (a dealer tag, Harris Motors, Wells, resides on the passenger door, this dealer is noted within this catalogue and probably added, in 1966, when being sold as a second hand motor car), an original owner's handbook, current UK V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate, with no advisories, valid until 1st May, 2018. Some motor cars may be restored to such an extent that their soul is lost, others just look right; this is one of those motor cars.