Now SOLD to Tom in Florida! Excellent choice! Tons of fun for not a lot of dough! Congratulations Tom!!!
Looking for a fun summer ride? You can’t beat the ease of entry price point for this super cool early roadster, in fact, not sure if there is more bang for the buck with any other early roadster. Check it out!
We are excited to offer this 1964 Triumph Spitfire Mark I (FC31915) for your consideration. The first Spitfire was produced in October of 1962 and the original run ran until December of 1964. These early Spitfires are badged as the “Spitfire 4” in reference to their 1150cc 4-cylinder engine. Both Mark I and Mark II Spitfires are badged this way; this car is a late-run Mark I based on its serial number. The next series “Spitfire 4 Mark II” began with serial number FC45753 and ran until January of 1967.
There is something about this particular example that is so simple, so elemental, so RAW that is just so attractive to me, and we think it will be for you also. There are a whole bunch of reasons why I love this car. There was a similar red Spitfire that lived on my block when I was a kid, and I would get to see it every day on my bike ride to school. I always admire any local sports car; in fact, many of the cars that were parked in my neighborhood growing-up are the same cars that I lust after today. But more importantly, this Spitfire is a very simple and elemental sports car; it represents a point in sports car history, the “golden age” if you will, before the automotive industry became encumbered and cluttered by emissions restrictions, bumper height regulations and “improved” trim.
This particular Spit came to us last fall after a 30 year stint in silence in a Connecticut basement. Over the winter we have done some major revival work to make this once forgotten Triumph a running, driving automobile again. She has all new hydraulics; the clutch is strong and the brakes work wonderfully as a result.
We got the engine running again after the hibernation and it runs very well with good oil pressure and doesn’t smoke. We tuned it and wired-up an electric fuel pump (instead of the original mechanical one) and now she drives like an absolute dream! It has great power!
We have added a full stainless steel exhaust system (since the underside photos were taken-it is not shown in the photos) because we found out really fast once we got her running that she was a bit noisy.
The interior is a relic straight out of the 70s. Earth tones everywhere! There is a top and top bow that comes with the car also. The top is old and will probably need to be replaced.
There’s always more to do, for example, I would change the front wheel bearings, the speedo and tach are not working, and the tires are old. It also didn’t come with a front bumper (but we can get one for you). The car is now ready for a hobbyist to take it to the finish line… or, if someone who would rather have us work through her punchlist before shipment, we are happy to do so for the new owner.
Another really nice thing about this car is that it’s a bigger, more open cockpit than the Bugeye. There is no rear bulkhead that would stop the seat from going further back so larger people can fit in Spitfires more easily than they could in a Sprite. That’s one more reason to love about this particular vintage of these early classics.
The car comes with a vintage original Connecticut title. She shows 75,705 miles, but who knows the actual mileage. She’s a solid car! And we can ship it anywhere in the world.
All Spitfires came standard with flip-forward noses so engine access is great and it’s easy to open these noses! This is a great car with a nice little price!