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Triumph Spitfire (1962 - 1980)

Last updated 10 May 2013

Sweet to drive, fun and good value for money, with brilliant club and specialist back-up
A bit fragile, and a clean body can hide lots of below-the-surface corrosion
Updated 1 August 1980
Production ended

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The Triumph Spitfire came about as a direct response to the release of the Austin-Healey Sprite (and subsequently MG Midget). Just as with the the TRs before it, Triumph found itself playing catch-up to Abingdon, and ended up producing a sports car to answer its rival, but which eventually improved on it in many significant ways. The Spitfire was underpinned by a Herald-style separate chassis, and was powered by the same family of engines.

But it was a lovely-looking sports car, with Michelotti-penned styling and a closely-cropped interior for two. Fun to drive, and somehow more appealing than the MG Midget, the Spitfire ended up outliving itse deadly rival by a year, making it to 1980. Today, the Spitfire remains cheap and plentiful, meaning they're easy to keep on the road thanks to near-total parts supply, but low values often mean full restorations are a matter of the heart, not the head. And these are the cars to buy.

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