British, pristine, nimble, and meticulously restored - this 1977
Triumph Spitfire is everything you want, and then some more.
You're looking at the best of Europe. Italian styling wrapped in a
nimble British package and named after a famous WWII fighter plane.
If this one seems particularly appealing to you, that's because
it's frame-off restoration just a few years back. This included
stripping and priming the whole car (just look at the undercarriage
photos) to ensure that there would be no future issues with the
super straight body. The bright yellow paint is the perfect shade
for this classic roadster. A sprightly and aggressive bumblebee of
a car like this one deserves a bold color that announces this car
is here for fun. These final 1500 series Spitfires had arguably
some of the best styling cues of the bunch with the flat rear end
that was a cue taken from larger Triumphs like the Stag, and this
one has been upgraded withgreat looking Maxilite wheels.
The Spitfire was always about representing the plucky nature of a
British sports car. That meant an interior built for function, but
in true English fashion, craftsmanship was still a priority. This
nature is at its best in this roadster because nearly everything
was rebuilt or replaced during its full restoration. That's why the
tan vinyl on the seats looks the same as when this car got off the
boat in 1977. The real wood dashboard is smooth and beautiful with
plenty of room to hold the heater/defrost controls and the full
gauge package. From the moment you slip behind the wheel you know
why Spitfires were legendary. The three-spoke sports steering wheel
is the perfect diameter, and your right hand just naturally rests
on the gearstick. This will fit you like a glove, and make you want
to play hooky on every sunny day. If the weather does turn gray and
wet, then just remove the convertible boot cover and raise the
black vinyl top with one hand.
The final series of Spitfires received the largest motor of the
bunch. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder might not seem like much, but
there's much more to this story. The powerplant was completely
rebuilt less than 200 miles ago with upgrades that include twin HS4
SU carburetors, bored .030 over kit, Kent camshaft, solid state
ignition, and stainless header and exhaust. So this is little
Spitfire knows how to get aggressive without losing its sprightly
charm. And that's exactly how these became so popular. The car
barely tipped the scales but had a level of rigidity not seen on
other roadsters of its day. These were built on a solid backbone
chassis with lightweight metal partial unibody. This gave them a
solid but nimble feeling on the backroads, and it only got better
when paired with the four-speed manual transmission w/electronic
overdrive and front disc brakes.
This Spitfire almost seems too good to be true, but we have
restoration photos and receipts that prove the amount of sweat
equity (and money) someone invested. As such, this car is being
sold at a significant loss to the restorer and the lucky buyer of
this car is going to benefit without having to foot the bill of an
expensive restoration. Indeed, this may be one of the nicest
Triumph Spitfire's in the entire world. It's an amazing roadster
that will bring you more open top joy than anything at even double
the asking price. Call today!!!
1977 Triumph Spitfire
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