The ultimate variant of the Triumph Spitfire arrived in 1974 (earlier in the US due to emission requirements) to replace the by now under-powered Mk IV. The 1500 shared its new engine with its arch rival the MG Midget and produced a reasonable 71bhp which enabled the car to top the magic 100mph top speed.
The Spitfire looked identical to the last of the Mk IV models and only received some minor trim differences, later cars featured attractive cloth seats and a wood veneered dash was standard. Options for the 1500 still included overdrive transmission, a steel removable hardtop and a special "luxury" trim pack which offered more interior padding.
The Spitfire remained in production until the early 1980's when BL dropped it completely. From its initial release in 1974 BL failed to develop the 1500 which was by now considered to be crude and out of date. A sad end to a distinguished career for the Spitfire. Practical Classics September 2009 - Featuring Buyers Guide Triumph Spitfire (1962-1980). Click Here to view in our shop.