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Lot 412: 1967 Trimph Spitfire Mark III 1,300cc Sports Two Seater

Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles, Bonhams (15 November 2006)

Triumph introduced the Spitfire in 1962 as a sporting derivative of the Triumph Herald, adopting many of the features of that standard saloon car including engine, transmission and suspension parts. The Spitfire was Michelotti designed, adopting an all-new backbone chassis frame and the elegant two-seater coachwork included a one-piece bonnet and front wings section. It fitted within the budget of those who could afford a little more than the Abingdon-built Sprites and Midgets and yet could not quite afford the larger TR series cars. The factory ran a successful racing team of Spitfires in the early years of production at both Le Mans and Sebring, the Spitfires lapping Le Mans at speeds in excess of 100mph.

In the present ownership for four years this car has undergone a full body off rebuild. The engine and gearbox were reconditioned 1,800 miles ago and a new clutch fitted. The chassis was stripped and painted as was the underside of the body. New parts fitted include radiator, alternator, brake callipers, pads and shoes, petrol, brake and clutch pipes, carpets and new tyres and wire spoked wheels fitted. Photographs of the restoration are offered with the car. The car has both hard and soft tops and is offered with current road fund licence and long MoT certificate. The vendor advises that the car drives well and has proven reliability.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, Harrogate
TypeCar
Lot Number412
Estimate£1500-£2000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£35000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£40950
Year1967
Condition rating0
Registration numberMNN 445E
Mileage-
Chassis numberFD5769
Engine numberFD6126HE
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors