When hearing the name Triumph, people automatically start to say Spitfire. With the introduction of the compact 2-seater roadster back in 1962, an icon was born. The charismatic design and typical British looks make it easy to fall for the car. This 1976 Spitfire 1500 Soft-Top makes no exception to that fact. The sympathetic appearance of the bright red Triumph in combination with its driving pleasure and affordability has set the base for a long and popular existence.
The Spitfire shares its name with a famous British single-seat fighter aircraft from the 1940s. Referring to the agile character of the aircraft as well as the car, that can hardly be a coincidence. Add to that the obtainability, and it's certainly no surprise that the car was loved (and still is) among the youth. It's one of the few teenage dreams that can be realized as a teenager.
The light-footedness and high fun factor where the Triumph is known for, must fit you though. After all, the Spitfire is a pretty small car. The former owner clearly couldn't get used to the playful charms of the roadster, since he exchanged the car already after 1 year for a Maserati 4200 GT from our stock: a very different kind of teenage dream, for which you must soon be a man.
The second last owner, on the other hand, let himself carried away by the "fire-spitting" sports car. The enthusiastic Triumph club member entrusted his English pride to only a few people. Among which his son-in-law, a car mechanic by profession, who took care of the technical part. A Triumph specialist looked over his shoulder occasionally and, if necessary, also did some maintenance work on the Spitfire.
Instruction booklets, technical manuals, a parts catalog and an overview of the maintenance history are included. After checking out the history, you will see that the car has been part of the Dutch scenery since 1994 and has had major maintenance in 2016: 4 new tires, a new battery, re-upholstered seats and a clutch that has been replaced (by a Triumph specialist) - including thrust bearing and clutch cylinder. Also replaced are: the brake linings, stabilizer bars and front suspension on the right.
Apart from a few tiny "beauty mistakes" (paintwork on the front left), this fiery red Triumph has passed the last 42 years with style. A big compliment for such a small classic. The Spitfire is not a concours quality car, but sure knows how to impress with its neat condition, on the inside and outside. So the question is: are you ready to fulfill your teenage dream in an early stage?