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“1978 Triumph Spitfire”

Written on: 13/05/2014 by SteveKennedy (1 review written)

I have had this 1978 Spitfire for 12 years now and it still delivers exemplary performance and enjoyment. granted, it is modified with a Weber carburettor, an exhaust header, higher compression pistons and a "cam". Performance wise, it has probably exceeded European models of the same type. It is also fitted with rear air charged dampers. This car is a blast to drive and has a styling that puts Porsche to shame. No rust, no Winters and plenty of memories. If you don't own one, get one - they… Read Full Review

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“Oe of the best cars”

Written on: 29/08/2013 by articlewizards (2 reviews written)

One of the finest cars I’ve had the experience of owning. 10/10 for usability and running costs aren’t too bad… Read Full Review

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“Not A Restoration Project.”

Written on: 13/05/2012 by calibrazxr750 (1 review written)

These were the words that rang clearest in my head at the time of buying. Long story short, I wanted a Spitfire, couldn't afford one but managed to buy a cheap MGB GT and restored that. Then sold it for enough money to buy a decent Spitfire. I found my current labour of love, a 1980 1500 model, as a classified ad on ebay. The pictures looked good, the description was hopefull and the price, agreed on at £1350, seemed reasonable. I live in Germany, (forces and all that) so the sale was… Read Full Review

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Written on: 10/06/2012

This is a very informative review - it makes great reading. I too am in the forces, about to move to Germany, and have been looking for either a spitfire or GT6 before I move. Did you have any difficulty importing the car, and getting it BFG 'legal' so to speak? I have a plethora of other questions that I won't bore you with here - but I'd be grateful if you could spare the time to get in touch.

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Written on: 13/06/2012

To be honest, BFG wasn't an issue. You will need new headlights obviously, but they are very cheap, (compared to a modern car) about 25-30 quid each, and as for importing the car, there are no problems as it is not viewed as being imported. The Army has its own rules and regulations, but they are mainly in line with UK regs. Once the car has passed its BFG test, you fill out some forms and the Army takes care of the rest. Insurance can be a hassle sometimes, as the Army wants you to use the companies it recommends, leading to higher rates than the UK, but for a classic it is usually okay. Once you have the car over here, you get 45 days to get it registered, but generally most of the work is done for you once you have the BFG out of the way.

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“Spitfire in South Africa”

Written on: 06/05/2012 by TomSmales (1 review written)

I went to Manchester University in the 1960's and was always really jealous of a fellow student who had a new Spitfire bought by his well off parents whilst I travelled on the buses. So 40 years later I at last bought a MK1 Spitfire 4 here in South Africa, apparantly in the 1960's the kits were imported from UK and assembled in Durban. I have never had a car so easy to work on, and the climate here is perfect for an open top car, I drive it for the sheer fun and it is amazing how many other… Read Full Review

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Written on: 01/04/2011


This may just be the very best entry level classic to restore with
curvy beautiful lines in the world, period. I never lost amy interest in this car and it rates very high on the fun factor even higher on attention.

These cars are still bargains but they need some attention as they are well over thirty years old now.

Now I am modifying my car with many PRI Race parts and a complete down
to the metal redo on paint and the body.

The result will be a car that will outperform all originals… Read Full Review

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“If you are looking for a hobby, you love cars, and you...”

Written on: 08/07/2009 by robabscando (1 review written)

If you are looking for a hobby, you love cars, and you love to work on them, you can't do better than a Spitfire.

These cars are great to drive, easy to work on, cheap to buy and maintain and get more attention than most anything else you'd be driving… Read Full Review

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“1500 uk”

Written on: 30/06/2009 by soloandy1989 (3 reviews written)

1500 uk

A lot of people seem to put a downer on the Triumph Spitfire. And to be honest I can't see why...

First off corrosion is nowhere near as bad as is made out... if you keep on top of it by renewing the under seal when you get the oil changed and grease lubrication points then all is hunky dory.

Performance wise, if you live in America then your car will be slow. 85ron petrol, horrible emission controls all hinder performance. But home market cars are much more sprightly with the twin 1.5"… Read Full Review

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“Nice little mk2 hard to find these, the least of the...”

Written on: 28/12/2008 by eddyp (1 review written)

Nice little mk2 hard to find these, the least of the spits made. Parts ready available from a large number of sources. Will be putting up her own website soon. Done a lot of work on her so far, mainly taking paint back and repainting. Engine turns, looks like everything is there, so now head down and get her finished. Good little first classic to start with… Read Full Review

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“I bought my car on eBay during early February 08, I...”

Written on: 15/09/2008 by Derekspaws (1 review written)

I bought my car on eBay during early February 08, I had just woken up after a Saturday afternoon snooze after dreaming about the Spit that I owned in my early twenty's, just on a whim I had a look on eBay and saw this lovely mint Spitfire with just minutes to go, a few minutes later I had bought it, It has brought me nothing but pleasure ever since, it's gorgeous! It looks like it's doing a hundred miles an hour just standing still, The first time I took my wife out for a drive we got about a… Read Full Review

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“In my experience, the triumph spitfire is one of the...”

Written on: 20/12/2007

In my experience, the triumph spitfire is one of the more overlooked classics on the market today. Now this car, along with the herald, vitesse and gt6 is perhaps the easiest ever made to work on with the whole bonnet and front wings lifting off to give unbelievable access to the engine and radiator. However the spitfire and the gt6 differ from the herald and vitesse in a few key areas. The first is that the herald and vitesse have a full chassis with outriggers under the sills. This gives the… Read Full Review

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“It may be that I am getting older or that in my job I...”

Written on: 24/04/2007 by gtwcmt (5 reviews written)

It may be that I am getting older or that in my job I get to see many classical cars at weddings, but it was time to take a look at a vintage car that had great body lines and was easy to get pars for. The Triumph Spitfire had appealed to me in the late 1980 and 90's when I first got my classic Vauxhall drop-snoot Coupe for more money that the spit fires which you could pick up for around £80 (or around £200 in today's money).
My first choice was the Austin Healey , but they are costly and the… Read Full Review

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Written on: 07/08/2009

I found this review very helpful because...the reviewer was honest about the car's pluses and minuses. Excellent detail in the review.

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“Lets face it, in 1971 you just could not be seen in a...”

Written on: 08/10/2006 by zharca (8 reviews written)

Lets face it, in 1971 you just could not be seen in a Triumph Spitfire. Absolutely not. They were regarded as slow, unsporting, poor-handling and badly built even by the standard of the time. Spitfires were for girls. A Midget was OK, the MGB all right if you were a farmer, the real 1275 Cooper "S" made a statement and Triumph's own TR5 was cool unless you'd actually tried owning one of the bloody things. Me, I was OK - I had an S3/SE Elan, so eat your heart out.

So how come if they were, and… Read Full Review

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“The Triumph Spitfire ia a cute little sports cars are...”

Written on: 06/03/2006 by JohnC8551 (1 review written)

The Triumph Spitfire ia a cute little sports cars are a perfect start for anyone ever having wanted to restore a car. Their simplicity lends itself to making modifications/improvements. However, they are too small to safely mix in todays traffic, may break down at inconvenient times, and should only be driven on back roads on sunny weekends. Do NOT buy this car for a daughter or son without knowing they are not safe to be driven by a learning driver. One accident and you are toast in one of… Read Full Review

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“This little car is great. You don't see too many out...”

Written on: 15/09/2005 by tr4lover (1 review written)

This little car is great. You don't see too many out on the roads nowadays. It is a little rocket. Very good on gas. Fun cars for drive. Great cars over all. I'm proud to own one and would tell anybody wanting a old fun little car to look into this one… Read Full Review

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“The Triumph Spitfire is one of the best handling cars...”

Written on: 24/05/2005 by dougmi (1 review written)

The Triumph Spitfire is one of the best handling cars around, not fast-but once you get used to that and the fine cornering, you learn to keep your speed up. The fact that you sit so low makes it seem fast anyway. More fun on backroads than on the highway. Overdrive is a must! One of the best looking sports cars ever made. This car is an obsession and hobby-not a buy and forget car. Stay on top of it-and it will not break down...forget to...and make sure you have a cell phone with you!… Read Full Review

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“The Triumph Spitfire Classic car has to be the second...”

Written on: 24/03/2005 by SpitBit (1 review written)

The Triumph Spitfire Classic car has to be the second love of your life, because you need to give it lots of attention.
Pay attention to sounds.
The car well maintained will last you decades.
Its not expensive to maintain
Keeps you from being the designated driver on outtings.
When you are behind the wheel of a Spitfire its like driving a Go kart legally on the road it handles like no other vehicle i've ever driven and I mean this in a positive way.
Any one can rent a fancy sports car Porshe-… Read Full Review

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“Triumph Spitfire Classic Car Review”

Written on: 22/03/2005 by richard1 (1 review written)

Triumph Spitfire Classic Car Review
Funnily enough the stars rating thing does this car no justice until you get to the overall rating which basically catapaults this little roadster right to the top of the first sportscar list. In fact it could be THE first sportscar as MG midgets are no where near as easy to work on. As with all BL cars rust is the issue and if you don't keep on top of it, it will rot quickly into an expensive state of affairs, Waxoyl being the go.

Performance wise it aint… Read Full Review

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“I've owned two MkIV 1500 Triumph Spitfires now, and...”

Written on: 07/01/2005 by LizH101 (2 reviews written)

I've owned two MkIV 1500 Triumph Spitfires now, and they have both been great fun. The second has a hard top, which is an added bonus and allows year round use. The feel of driving one of these classic cars is superb, nothing like a "normal" car or modern sports, and the look attracts attention and interest from all. The speed feels faster than it is, sitting so close to the road. They have a surprising amount of luggage space in the boot and behind the seats. I'd recommend a tonneau cover… Read Full Review

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“I am now the proud owner of a Triumph Spitfire 1500...”

Written on: 26/07/2004 by English Bowman (2 reviews written)

I am now the proud owner of a Triumph Spitfire 1500 Classic Car. This is the model to go for unless you are a real fan of the looks of the earlier car. The handling is much improved due to the rear suspension being changed and it corners very well considering its age. It is a slow car for a sports car, but you could think of that as a good thing due to the number of highwaymen in the shape of speed cameras about. This does encourage a conservation of momentum driving style which is great fun… Read Full Review

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“So its a couple of years since I last had a chance to...”

Written on: 11/08/2003 by hitman (1 review written)

So its a couple of years since I last had a chance to drive my 1970 Triumph Spitfire MK3 on the open road thanks to the MOT man and having some serious work commitments but I still recall fondly taking the roof down and setting off for a drive.

Firing the Spitfire up is normally a simple task but one you have to do right or else you will have trouble, too much choke and you run the risk of fouling, too little and you run the risk of flooding; get it right and the engine grumbles to life and… Read Full Review

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