Lot 119 - 1966 Triumph Spitfire 4 Mk. II
|Odometer reading||35,166 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,244|
- Works steel hardtop
- Five new Firestone tyres
- New bumper brightwork
The young Italian stylist, Giovanni Michelotti, was introduced to Standard Triumph by Captain Raymond Flowers; not only because of his ability to style, but to build prototype models also. Several projects were undertaken with the most significant being the prototype bomb that morphed into the Triumph Spitfire in 1962. The Triumph Spitfire 4 Mk. II had a little more power over the earlier, retrospectively named, Mk. I Spitfire sibling; a further, but modest, 4bhp according to factory records. There was also rather more refinement in the interior fittings. 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 lovely Triumph Spitfire, first registered in the UK during 1966, is presented with white coachwork and contrasting black trim. What sets this car apart from many contemporary examples is its overall condition, especially upon the undersides that, on inspection, look factory fresh with no evidence of repairs and no doubt aided by the wax protection that has been applied. The panel gaps are very good and new bumper brightwork front and rear really sets the car off. On opening the doors, the trim work presents very well, all being in excellent order and very inviting. Mechanically, this Spitfire is in very good condition; the engine starts easily with a little choke and, we are informed, drives well. Importantly, Halogen headlights, as well as five new Firestone tyres, not only aide night driving and handling but are important safety factors also. The car comes with its factory steel hardtop, soft top and frame and a history file that contains the UK V5C registration document and, although exempt, a valid MoT test certificate.
These early Mk. I and Mk. II models are quite scarce on the roads these days and, with their Italian designed flare, are considered the purest and prettiest of the range that spanned from 1962 to 1980. The mileage of 35,166 recorded is believed genuine considering the condition of the undersides, including the chassis, and a number of old MoT test certificates on file. With a competitive estimate, this Triumph Spitfire should reward its new owner with many hours of driving fun and ideal timing with the spring and summer nearly upon us.
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