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Triumph Spitfire MK1V 1972 (K) Red
The Triumph Spitfire was introduced at the London Motor Show in Earls Court in October 1962 and was designed by Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti and was named Spitfire to honour the World War II fighter plane of the same name.
There were five Spitfire models produced during its 18 year life span starting in October 1962 with the Spitfire Mark1 and the last of the line being the Triumph Spitfire 1500 (MKV) which was introduced in 1974 and ceased production in August 1980. A total of 314,332 Spitfire's were built between 1962 and 1980.
The Mark IV introduced in November 1970 went on sale in the UK with a base price of £735 and it brought the most comprehensive changes to the Triumph Spitfire. It featured a completely re-designed 'cut-off' rear end giving a strong family resemblance to the Triumph Stag and Triumph 2000 models, both of which were also Michelotti-designed. The front end was also changed with a new bonnet and the doors were given recessed handles and squared-off glass in the top rear corner. The interior was much improved with a proper full-width dashboard incorporating the instruments ahead of the driver rather than over the centre console, but the most significant change was to the rear suspension, which was de-cambered and redesigned to incorporate what Triumph called a "swing spring". With this change Triumph was able to eliminate the worst characteristics of the original swing-axle design.
This beautiful 1972 Triumph Spitfire MK1V - Chassis No: FH32478 is a 'matching numbers' car and it was first registered in Derby on 1st May 1972. It is finished in its original colour scheme of Pimento Red with Black trim and Black carpets, Red seat Belts, Roll-Bar, Black Vinyl Soft Top, factory Hard Top, new Kenwood Stereo, Luggage Rack, 1296cc Engine, 4 Speed Manual Gearbox and sitting on its original refurbished 13" Steel Wheels.
The car was the subject of a fully photographed body restoration between 2009 and 2011 and this included the fitting of all new rubber seals, a new Windscreen and many new parts. A complete new interior and new Soft top fitted were also fitted at the same time.
Mechanically the car is excellent and it has had a new Timing Chain, rebuilt Carburettors, a new Fuel pump, new Bosch Battery, new Cooling System Hoses, new Alloy Rocker Cover, new Trunnion bushes, new rear brake Shoes and new rear wheel cylinders. The owner has also fitted a new Voltmeter and Oil Pressure Gauge in the dashboard as well as fitting a new Stereo/CD Player.
The car has a full ownership history from new from the DVLA including copies of old V5 registration documents, MOT certificates from 1988 onwards, its original Drivers Handbook and the car has now covered a genuine 97,000 miles from new!
Although this is an older restoration, the car is still in excellent condition throughout as can be seen from the photographs and it has only covered 2,200 miles since the restoration and drives beautifully.
This is a really nice example that can be used regularly and it should also increase in value over the coming years.
Upon sale the car will be given a new MOT and Service and it will come with a 6 Month Mechanical Warranty that can be extended at additional cost if required.
Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake, SW London.
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