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Lot 275: Triumph Spitfire Mk. IV, 1500cc

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

The Triumph Spitfire was originally devised by Standard-Triumph to compete in the small sports car market which had opened up with the introduction of the Austin-Healey Sprite. Triumph's idea was to use the mechanicals from their small saloon, the Herald, to underpin the new project. Italian designer Michelotti was commissioned for the new project, and came up with a traditional, swooping body as well as a single-piece front end which tilted forwards to offer unrivalled access to the engine. It was a huge success and four subsequent variants ensued. The latest of which was the Mk. IV complete with a 1500cc engine. Top speed was now at the magical 100mph and 0 to 60 mph was reached in 13.2 seconds. Detail improvements continued to be made throughout the life of the Mark IV, and included reclining seats with 'chequered brushed nylon centre panels' and head restraints, introduced for domestic market cars early in 1977 along with a new set of column stalk operated minor controls replacing the old dashboard mounted knobs and switches. The last one ever to be produced was never used and now resides in the Heritage Motor Museum at Gaydon. Presented in spectacular condition and with a number of aftermarket modifications, this sporting Spitfire benefits from a roll bar and a high performance exhaust system. Suitcases can be accommodated on the rear boot-mounted rack and the seating has been re-trimmed with contrasting red piping. With nearly 96,000 units made for both the UK and US, this must represent one of the finest; not only because it is in excellent condition throughout but that it has only been driven a documented 16,800 miles!

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
TypeCar
Lot Number275
Estimate£4500-£6000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6272
Year1979
Condition rating
Registration numberETV 594V
Mileage-
Chassis numberFH127115
Engine numberFM115149HR
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2