Friday, November 23, 2018

1973 Triumph Spitfire

I have always liked the Spitfire. I had one many years ago. It was not fast and it rattled. The top was a pain in the ass to raise and lower. But there was something about it... I felt connected to the road. It was old school fun. Plus, I love the design. I could look at it all day. Michelotti did a great job. Even at the end of its 18 year run - with its big federally mandated bumpers - it still looked great.

This is a gorgeous Spitfire. The owner has made all the right improvements to it. He put on a set of Minilites, which look tons better than the standard wheels. He added a downdraft Weber carb. (This is an improvement that should be made to all older British sports cars. Yes, the SU carbs are original, are very British and look cool, but a Weber carb improved the drivability of every British sports car I put it on.) He put in an electronic ignition kit. (Again, something that should be done to all older British sports cars.) He also installed a Monza exhaust which makes the car sound as sporty as it looks. Perfect.

The seller also installed a roll bar, installed a new wiring harness and fuse-box, put in new brakes, carpeting and seat foam (among other things).

Parts are easy to find for the Spitfire (and most British sports car). They are usually reasonably priced. Many of the aftermarket parts are better than the originals.

If you're looking for a turnkey classic British roadster, this Spitfire may be worth checking out.

Located in Manitowoc, WI, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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