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Triumph Spitfire Mk III

Overview

Produced: 1967-1970, 65320 produced.
Types: Sports,2 doors,2 seats
Triumph Spitfire Mk III (dark blue bodywork, left-front view)

Triumph updated its Spitfire in 1967 when it announced the new Mk3 version. The Mk3 introduced some new styling and safety features as well as a more powerful 1296cc engine. The new engine developed 75bhp and had much better performance than earlier models. Front brakes were also improved but the curious handling characteristics remained unaltered!

The Mk3 could be instantly identified by its new "bone-in-the-mouth" front bumper / grille arrangement. This new ungainly feature came as a result of new US safety legislation. Interior trim was also changed and now featured an attractive wood instrument panel and better trim. Another improvement was the one piece convertible hood which did away with the old "build-it-yourself" separate frame and detachable cover found on early Spitfires.

Despite its strange new appearance the Spitfire Mk3 sold well until its replacement arrived in 1970.  Practical Classics September 2009 - Featuring Buyers Guide Triumph Spitfire (1962-1980).  Click Here to view in our shop.

Source: Motorbase

Engines

CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1296ccS4 OHVStandard/Triumph S4 OHV73.7mm x 76mm9

Fuel System

TypeNumberCapacityComment
SU 1.25inch2

Transmission

TypeGearsComment
Manual4
Manual with Overdrive4Overdrive active on 3rd and 4th.

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
F/RRack-and-pinionIndependent/Coil SpringsIndependent/Transverse leaf spring

Performance

Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
95 mph13.6 s0 s0 mpg75 bhp 0

Brakes

FrontRearComment
DiscDrum

Dimensions

WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
6' 11"4' 1"12' 3"4' 9" 0 (14)0' 0"

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