Wheeler Dealers Triumph Spitfire5
Mike Brewer joins forces with top mechanic Edd China to put second-hand
cars back on the road. The team tries to successfully complete the revival
of the Triumph Spitfire.
ADU 1B Le Mans Spitfire [HD]
HD test footage of the le Mans Spitfire at Snetterton.
I have permission from MSV Limited (owners of Snetterton) to show this
video on YouTube.
This is Triumph
Like many auto companies, Triumph started out making bicycles but like the
others found a new life in the four wheel world.
Known mainly for its sports cars the company also produced family cars but
it was the roadsters that got the attention.
Unfortunately, the company dissolved along with the rest of British Leyland
and the brand's name is now owned by BMW.
The Triumph Motor Company was a British car and motor manufacturing
company. The Triumph marque (trade-name) is owned currently by BMW. The
marque had its origins in 1885 when Siegfried Bettmann (1863--1951) of
Nuremberg initiated S. Bettmann & Co and started importing bicycles from
Europe and selling them with his own trade-name in London. The trade-name
became "Triumph" the year next, and in 1887 Bettmann was joined by a
partner, Moritz (Maurice) Schulte, also from Germany. Beginning in 1889 the
businessmen started producing their own bicycles in Coventry, England.
In November 1944 what was left of the Triumph Motor Company and the Triumph
trade-name were bought by the Standard Motor Company and a subsidiary
"Triumph Motor Company (1945) Limited" was formed with production
transferred to Standard's factory at Canley, on the outskirts of Coventry.
The pre-war Triumph models were not revived and in 1946 a new range of
Triumphs was announced, starting with the Triumph Roadster. The Roadster
had an aluminium body because steel was in short supply and surplus
aluminium from aircraft production was plentiful.
In the early 1950s it was decided to use the Triumph name for sporting cars
and the Standard name for saloons and in 1953 the Triumph TR2 was
initiated, the first of a series that would be produced until 1981.
TR6 Top Folding
Proper opening and stowing of a Triumph TR6 convertible top.
Triumph GT6 MK3 vintage race car part 1
A tour of the GT6 race car engine bay , part 1. Visit
http://www.austinhealeywood.com/brakelines.html for information on the
copper nickel brake line kits that I mentioned in the video. I will be
adding part 2 of this video next week.
My friend and I built this vintage race car over the course of several
years. It may have been raced in Canada when it was new, but I have very
little information about it's history.
The engine was built to be reliable so that we could sort out the car on
track. It could certainly make more power by increasing the compression
ratio and doing a few other things. It has been very reliable so far. I
drive a street GT6 and I can tell you that there is no comparison between
the stock engine and this one. This engine revs very freely and is still
making power up to the rev limiter (7000 RPM). This is due to all of the
work done on the head, the Exhaust
header and the weber carb setup.
1978 Triumph, Spitfire 1500, Ca Car, 70k mi, SOLD!
1978 Triumph, Spitfire 1500, Ca Car, 70k mi, For Sale!
This is a fully restored 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 that has been a
rust-free California car since new. This fun and proper sports car has
enjoyed 70,000 original miles. This local Southern California car was
stored for the past 18 years before being restored and re-commissioned over
the past year.
This car has recently benefitted from a correct new paint, interior and
convertible top in the correct and original factory colors. The quality of
the work is excellent for car shows but this is not a concours winner. It
is a very nice car to enjoy for daily or weekend use or for the occasional
touring and car show exhibitions.
The 1,493cc engine is strict on fuel but generous on power. Developing 71
HP at 5,500 RPM, the car was quite capable of exceeding 100 mph! All while
offering the ability to move this 1,800 lbs (816 kg) motorcar to achieve up
to 50 mpg (with the optional electric overdrive as fitted in this example).
This example does not leak oil and everything is well sorted. It also
comes with optional locking bonnet and fuel cap as well as new adjustable
This is a great running motorcar with rare full syncro-mesh four speed
transmission with the factory electric over-drive option. All the original
smog equipment is attached to the car. The rack-and-pinion steering is
strong and confident. The cost when new was nearly $4,000!
Throughout its production life, many detail changes were made to the
Spitfire 1500. The 1978 was one of the more desirable years since it still
had the sleek and sexy chrome bumpers.
The 1500's were considered the best of the Spitfire family. The main
visual upgrade occurred in 1976, when -- in keeping with the fashion of the
time -- the bright stainless steel windscreen wipers, chromed door handles
and door mirrors were replaced with matte black items. In 1977 the old
steering column switchgear, which still stemmed from the days of the
Triumph Herald, was upgraded to more modern TR7 column stalks.
This is a British classic that will appreciate in value every year. The car
runs and drives as good as it looks, this car needs nothing except a new
home. A great investment for a fast appreciating English sports car. There
were a mere 16,447 Spitfires made in 1978. Of these, how many are low
mileage rust free California cars? This is an affordable and fun collector
The NADA Collector Car Value Guide suggests that this car should be valued
at approximately $10,650. See the link to the NADA Site:
See detail, photos, etc. at www.classicpromenade.com