Lot 106: Triumph Spitfire
The Triumph Spitfire, unassuming as it may seem, is a car steeped in history. It was successful in racing (Le Mans) and in rallying, and it had a production run spanning 18 years, during which many model changes took place.
While being absorbed by Leyland in the early sixties, the project known as the 'Bomb' was stopped and the prototype was kept hidden away. It was only revealed when a Leyland executive asked "what's that little car under the dust sheets in the corner of the design department". The executive liked the 'Bomb' immediately and on 13 July 1961 ordered the project to go ahead for production. The rest is history.
The Spitfire was a far better car than the Austin Healey Sprite. It had wind up windows, more room, better suspension and a prettier body. The model sold over 210,000 examples, across all series and remains popular to this day.
Offered here is a nice 1970 example of a 1300cc, MKIII Spitfire, which sits on wire wheels, is described as being a nice driver and is said to be very original throughout. It is offered complete with both MoT and historic tax through to April 2010.
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