Triumph Spitfire rust free CA everyday driver - improvements made for 5 years!!

Price: - Item location: Oakland, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Triumph
  • Model: Spitfire
  • Type: Cab & Chassis
  • Trim: 2 door
  • Year: 1980
  • Mileage: 115,000
  • Color: Black
  • Engine size: 1500cc
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: manual
  • Drive type: Rear wheel
  • Interior color: Beige
  • Options: CD Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1980 Triumph Spitfire

This is an everyday driver in very good condition with most to all wear in tear parts replaced and improved over a 5.5 year period. I am the second owner and more than 20K worth of improvements was put into this car over my ownership time, and it is an original car. It starts up each time just right, and it runs the way it should. It gets lots of compliments each time I take it out.
Why I am selling it? I don't use it anymore, I have never kept a car, and certainly never a toy for this long, and it is finally time for me to let go. This car is a great example of its kind, and it will go to those that want this.
The paint job is new and fantastic (about 3.6k worth) on the body, and there is not one dent. There are some minor blemishes in the rear plastic bumper (peeling paint), but all classic cars of this kind will pretty much have this.
Below is the list of notable improvements that I have done.
The picture showing the radiator is the old original radiator and fan. I replaced it with a much improved Champion radiator that was built specifically for this model and year car, as well as a more powerful Jaguar fan that fits perfectly.
Good luck.

ENGINE WORK– all work done by seasoned British car mechanics:

New Valves and Pistons (reboring not needed)

Replaced thrust washers, rod bearings and main bearings to lengthen engine life.

New Camshaft

New Piston Rings

New Distributor

New oil pump

New timing chain kit (including timing cover gasket)

New oil pan gasket

New timing chain kit (including timing cover gasket)

Reconditioned alternator

New spark plugs and Cobalt spark plug wires

ELECTRICAL WORK– all work done by seasoned British car mechanics:

A new main fuse box was added under the bonnet and professional electrical wiring work was done ($1,000) so that all electric parts and connections function well in original configuration

Brand new alternator from Spitbits

Brand new battery

COOLING SYSTEM – brand new and improved:

Brand new upgraded Champion radiator built to spec for this car.

Jaguar fan that fits perfectly to provide extra cooling power.

REAR SUSPENSION – all work done by seasoned British car mechanics:

New rear differential and differential seals

New complete right and left rear axle, including trunions and yolks.

New wheel bearings

Replaced all u-joints

FRONT SUSPENSION– all work done by seasoned British car mechanics:

New bushings all around (left and right A-Arm bushing sets, left and right ball joint sets, left and right sway bar links and sway bar bushing sets.

New front left and right trunnions and trunnion seal kits.

New left and right tie rod ends.

CLUTCH SYSTEM WORK– all work done by seasoned British car mechanics:

New clutch slave cylinder

New clutch kit (clutch disk, clutch release bearing and clutch cover)

BRAKES– all work done by seasoned British car mechanics:

New brake master cylinder

New front brake hoses

New rear drum brakes


New muffler

New exhaust pipe

New exhaust manifold gasket


New high quality exterior professional paint job ($3,600).

New windshield seal and aluminum windshield top molding professionally installed.

New cloth soft top professionally installed.

New trunk lock


New Tires (with warranty and free tire rotations)

Professionally sand blasted and painted all 4 wheels to original looking condition


New interior door and rear panels done by professional car upholstery workers.

Reconditioned seats done by professional car upholstery workers.

New Sony Radio, with new Sirius and regular antennas, and speakers, all professionally installed.

New wood instrument panel and polished solid chrome on the wooden instrument panel.

New dashboard.

New rearview mirror and ashtray (you always look at these while driving, so it is worth mentioning)

New high quality Bristleflex fuzzy door seals (and new trunk seals) both made by MacGregor

New Sunvisors

New Knee pads

New walnut shifting knob and new stick shift boot cover


New fuel tank rubber neck

New fuel tank grommet

New fuel cap seal

New fuel filter


Reconditioned air pump

Reconditioned EGR valve

Reconditioned injection air rail

New carbon canisters

Passed smog April of 2015