1978 Triumph Spitfire Base Convertible 2-Door 1.5L
- Condition: Used
- Make: Triumph
- Model: Spitfire
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: Base Convertible 2-Door
- Year: 1978
- Mileage: 37,000
- Color: Red
- Engine size: 1.5L 1493CC l4 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1978 Triumph Spitfire
Up for your bidding is '78 Triumph Spitfire SCCA F/Production Tribute car.
I looked long and hard to find one that met my criteria, nd you're looking at it. This three previous owner Spit has 37,000 ORIGINAL MILES and... are you ready? ABSOLUTELY NO RUST. ANYWHERE. A magnet was taken over every square inch of body and it revealed NO FILLER to be found. An inspection of the chassis showedNO CORROSIONon the frame, loor pans, runk, rsuspension.
Alll work performed by McB's Autosport, Restoration/Racing shop in Bridgeville, a. They went through the entire car, nd anything that was suspect due to wear or age was replaced. I literally DOUBLED my initial investment PLUS...everything had to be right from a safety/performance standpoint, nd that resulted in a significant outlay of time and money. It was worth it. Now, ou can buy a four or five thousand dollar Spitfire, ut unless you're incredibly lucky you're going to invest thousands more to get it right. That's all been done for you which means BIG SAVINGS in the end...
A full TriumphTune exhaust was added from England, ertronix ignition (NO POINTS), eber down draft carb,new plugs and wires, ew Cooper Tires, ew radiator, rakes, ines and many more odds and ends to make it as reliable and trouble-free as possible. This Spitter fires right up and settles into a nice idle.EVERYTHING (Lights, ignals, witches, tc.) WORKS. It runs, topsand handlesjust like it was intended. I love to listen to it crackle and pop of the exhauston decel in a down hill 3rd gear bend. Totally Intoxicating. Clutch is light and strong, earbox tight with no strange noises or smells...The throttle has a heavy return spring on the Weber carbthat is evident on initial tip-in...more of an observation than a complaint...you can easily swap in a lighter spring/throttle cable if you like. other than that, t meters fuel beautifully.
TheORIGINAL INTERIORis absolutely beautiful. The door cards, s well as the carpet and dash cover, re mint with no rips, ears, r stains. The only deviation from stock was the addition of a turned aluminum dash. The paint looks to be an older respray, ut it shines up great with a minimum of minor scratches and a miniscule ding or two. All in all, subjective 7 out of 10 and nothing major to detract from the visual esthetics.
Which brings us to this...I could've popped for new paint (and it'd be worthy), ut truthfully, 'd just be worried about that first scratch or dent and wouldn't enjoy this car's true purpose, hich is strafing the back roads on a sunny day. I decided instead to turn it into an SCCA F/Production Tribute car. For those of you who don't know, he Triumph Spitfire RULED the F/P class from the late Sixties throughout the Seventies, remarkably dominant stretch inSCCA racing history. We added period correct graphics, s well as a competition roll bar and fire extinguisher to complete the transformation. Itmust have struck a chord, ecause shortly after completion this Spitfire tookTHIRD IN CLASSat the prestigious 33rd Annual British Car Days at the Vintage Grand Prix in Pittsburgh. 15 beautiful Spitfires, nd this one took home 3rd behind a full nut and bolt restoration and an original '77 with super-low miles. This car has MOJO, uite apparent wherever it lands.
Remember though...this is no new Z-06..It's a 37 year old car, nd the driving experience is a throw-back...and I mean that in good way...It also means there's no warranty expressed or implied.Buyer responsible for shipping, require a $500.00 deposit within 24 hours of the auction's end. One bid can own this cool little piece of history. Good Luck!
The top is black and in excellent condition, ave for one minor 2" tear above the passenger window where the top folds.
Car has minor scratches in paint, ne small oil leak in the front of engine.