Wheeler DealersTriumph Spitfire6
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.
Wheeler Dealers Triumph Spitfire 1500 Part 1/5
" Hey! Look at this. Well done [unk]."
" As you can see, I delicately squeezed myself out of the car. Ed! Look
what I've bought. I bought a spitfire."
" It's the Tomy toys of smallest cars. This is the beginner's sports car.
If anyone can work on it, you can, sunshine. I would reckon."
" Well, it's pretty cool, but I am worried a little bit 'cause they're
quite renowned for rust. What tends to happen is they rust away and then
you saw a fracture and they've fallen off. So,"
" Don't you think I've done my checks, Edward?"
" Have you looked"
Wheeler Dealers - Selling the Triumph Spitfire 1500 Part 5/5
" Well, I said spring was the time to be selling a ragtop, and I wasn't
wrong. We had a good response from potential buyers when I put the car out
for sale. But, will anyone be prepared to part with the right amount of
cash for this fantastic little sports car?"
" Probably, I have more budget."
" You don't wanna do deals today?"
" Maybe, so tomorrow [unk]--"
" Okay, we don't hang around because when they're [unk], they don't hang
around for long."
" 2 down, 1 to go."
" I think he likes what he sees so far. Wish me luck 'cause I'll try to
close him down, and finally, get rid of this Spitfire. "
" And you get along with it?"
" Ah, it's a lovely condition, isn't it?"
" Jeez, yeah. I mean, when I got the car, to be honest with you, we've done
no paint work to it. So, the blue car bolted off, Edd repainted it. When I
got the car, I had this annoying little misfire so I got my mechanic, Edd,
to have a look at it, and he does not want to be doing things by half. He
stripped the whole engine down, and he changed what I called the
hard-seated valves. We've replaced the rear shock absorbers. And now, you
can see, it handles nice and tight out on the road. In fact, the suspension
should rise and fall 1-1/2 times, and that's exactly what it does. But the
real work is done on the bumpers. Just look at them. Look at that, how
shiny they are. So, great little car; I'm very pleased with it. All it
needs Joe is a new owner. I'm gonna advertise it for 5 thousand pounds. I
think it's a fair price for such a tiny little motor. Are you interested?"
" I would be more than happy to spend 4-1/2 on this."
" How much? 4-1/2 grand? No mate. After all the work we've put into this,
it's worth a lot more. So what do you feel though? I'll let you have a
4,800 quid, cash."
" 4,600 quid."
" 4,600 quid, ey? Hold that in your hand. You got yourself a cracking
British sports car, well done."
" Well, it didn't sell for quite as much as I would have hoped but we still
made 1,168 pounds profit on a little Spitfire proving that buying the right
car at the right time can put money in your pocket."
ReTREAD - Episode Six
After a short delay the season finale of ReTREAD is finally here. In this
special episode we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Triumph Spitfire
by going on an epic road trip.
Come along with us through the ups and downs as our heroes travel to a
remote camp site and home of our first ever 'live' ReTREAD Round-Up.
For more episode information and all credits please check out the show
notes on our blog at http://wp.me/p2C1nq-4S
Practical Classics Magazine: Triumph Spitfire group test
Practical Classics Magazine. Journalist John Simister road tests a group
of five very different classic Triumph Spitfires at a soaking wet
Bruntingthorpe proving ground in the UK.
Models include a standard Mk1 Spitfire, a car fitted with a Renault engine
taken from an old Renault 5 GT turbo, a
Macao racer replica and a Le-Mans spec Spitfire.
Featured in the July 2011 issue of Practical Classics Magazine.
Filmed in high definition on the Panasonic AG-AF101. Produced and edited