1978 Triumph Spitfire, rare Overdrive, Excellent Original Car, See Video
- Condition: Used
- Make: Triumph
- Model: Spitfire
- Type: Convertible
- Year: 1978
- Mileage: 44,780
- VIN: FM77218UO
- Engine size: 1500
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1978 Triumph Spitfire
You are viewing my 1978 Triumph Spitfire. I am the second owner of the car. Originally purchased on Long Island just a few towns from where I live now.
This car is truly for the English car collector enthusiast. It has been garaged, properly maintained and pampered for its entire life. I have owned this car for the past 3 years, it has been insured with collector car status and used as a limited mileage weekend beach trip car. A true time capsule, almost impossible to find these days.
The new owner of the car will not be disappointed. This is an excellent true survivor example. Read on for a more detailed description of the overall condition of the car. See the video below for a test drive and walk-around.
The body is in bone stock original condition. It has never been involved in any sort of accident. There is no rust through on any part of the chassis or sheet metal structure, all the body panels are exceptionally straight and are in perfect alignment. There are very few blemishes from daily use such as parking dings and surface rust spots from road paint chips. The Inca Yellow paint finish has a light patina in spots, but it is all original and holds a nice shine.
The interior is in excellent condition. There are no rips, open seams or tears on the seats or panels. The original carpet is in excellent condition. The dash/instrument panel is excellent, there are no sun stress cracks on the top surface of the dash panel. All gauges are in excellent working condition. The convertible top is new this year.
There are now 44,780 genuine original miles on the clock. The engine runs very strong and idles smoothly. Oil pressure holds steady and high when fully warmed up. During my ownership, I have done many tasteful mechanical upgrades to enhance the drivability including, high compression pistons, re-worked head, perf cam, all new hydraulics (brake& clutch), sport 2” exhaust, weber carburetor, aluminum radiator, too many to list, I can email you the receipt log PDF for details of full mechanical restoration.
The car runs and drives exceptionally well. Suspension and steering are very solid with no rattles or wheel shimmy. The 4 speed transmission engages smoothly and quietly in all gears. The electric Overdrive works flawlessly. This is what sets this car apart from all the other Spitfires listed on Ebay. Flip the overdrive switch on the highway and cruise at 60mph @ under 3000rpm endlessly, while enjoying the ride.
I have tried to include as many pictures to depict the true condition of the car. Please e-mail if you have specific questions. Please keep in mind that the car is 38 years old and although excellent condition for its age, due to normal wear and tear, have realistic expectations for a vehicle that been in service all these years.
This car is being offered in a no reserve auction with a very modest starting price.Please email and I will promptly assist you with any questions you may have. Please read the good and bad in the description above.I will make myself available for anyone requesting a physical inspection
Video Test Drive:
The winning bidder must confirm bid with a $300 non-refundable deposit within 3 days of close of auction. The balance is due within 10 days. This car is sold as-is where-is. Local buyers are always encouraged to inspect in person before bidding.If you would like to have the vehicle shipped, let me know and I can make arrangements with your vehicle shipping provider after the listing closes. Buyer pays actual shipping costs.