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1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500

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1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500

Winning Bid: $10,600 (USD) by: Matthew

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Chassis/VIN:

FM97605U

Location:

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Odometer:

35,169 (Mi)

Lot Number:

8517641

Engine:

1491cc I4

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Transmission:

Manual

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Winning Bid: $10,600 (USD) by: Matthew

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Chassis/VIN:

FM97605U

Location:

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Odometer:

35,169 (Mi)

Lot Number:

8517641

Engine:

1491cc I4

Seller:

Transmission:

Manual

Carfax:

TITLE/VIN CHECK  

Confirmed

 

If a bid is placed within the last two minutes of an auction, an additional two minutes is added to ensure all bidders have a fair chance to bid. Bid carefully. The highest winning bidder will enter into a legally binding purchase contract.

Vehicle Story

This 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 is from the model’s penultimate year, and is outfitted with an accessory luggage rack, a cloth and vinyl interior, and full-width woodgrain instrument panel trim. Power comes from a 1,493cc inline-four paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. Finished in pearl white over a tan interior, this fifth-generation Spitfire is offered with a tonneau cover, the factory radio, a maintenance handbook, and other spare and removed parts.

The Spitfire 1500 debuted for the the1974 model year and evolved through a series of cosmetic changes, most notably receiving black impact-resistant five-mph bumpers with guards beginning in 1979. This example originally came painted Leyland White, but was repainted pearl white at a later date, and has a contrasting black retractable convertible top with a plastic rear window. Spitfire 1500 decals are affixed to the driver side front of the hood and to the passenger side rear corner of the trunk lid. A chrome-finished luggage rack is mounted at the rear, and a tan vinyl tonneau cover is included.

The 13” steel wheels wear Triumph-branded center caps and are wrapped in Daytona Quadra SE 175-section tires.

The interior is upholstered with tan vinyl bucket seats with patterned cloth inserts, matched to the vinyl door panels and contrasted by black carpeting. The instrument panel wears a woodgrain appliqué across its face that matches the shift knob. Amenities include a heater and an older Audiovox head unit. The car’s factory push-button radio is included with the sale.

Smith’s instrumentation includes a 120-mph speedometer, a 7,000-rpm tachometer, and a center-dash mounted fuel gauge and coolant temperature gauge. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 35k miles, but total chassis mileage is unknown.

The clamshell hood opens to reveal a 1,491cc Standard SC inline-four, which developed 52 horsepower when equipped with a single Stromberg carburetor as seen here. Power is sent to the rear wheels by way of a 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive.

Photos showing the underside are available in the carousel.

The sale includes a tan tonneau cover, the car’s factory radio, a maintenance handbook, and other spare parts. Decoding the VIN tag reveals the following data:

Manufacture Date: December, 1978

Paint: NMC – Leyland White

Trim: C74 – Beige and White Houndstooth Cloth

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