1976 Triumph Spitfire

$10,500 Negotiable

1976 Triumph Spitfire

Vehicle Description:

This 1976 Triumph Spitfire is painted in Carmine Red with Beige interior. Powered by the original 1,493cc engine and a manual 4 speed transmission with the electronic overdrive. The current owner reports that it has no known accidents. The car has been inspected here at Horsepower and several mechanical items were repaired including a new gas tank, fuel pump, carburetor, tires, bonnet lifts, and new headlights w/relay. The known items that were not repaired are the horn, radio, overdrive, and wipers.

If you are looking for a fun car to drive and enjoy that is very reasonably priced – this, is it. Great to take out on a sunny drive, take to the track or just enjoy cruising. The car’s condition is rated #3, meaning it is a nice “runner/driver”. While showing signs of wear and blemishes in the paint, it would be a good car to just enjoy or a desirable project to restore. Mechanically sound that starts, runs, and drives very nicely. The transmission shifts very smoothly, the car stops straight, and is enjoyable to drive.

Included in the sale are several extra parts, a shop manual and touchup paint.

Triumph Spitfire Background Information
The American market Spitfire 1500 is identified by large plastic over-riders and wing mounted reflectors on the front and back wings/fenders. US specification models up to 1978 featured chrome bumpers, and on the 1979 and 1980 models these were replaced by black rubber bumpers with built-in over-riders, using chassis extensions to support the bumpers.

Detail improvements continued to be made throughout the 1500’s production run, including reclining seats with “checkered brushed nylon center panels” and head restraints, introduced for domestic market cars early in 1977 along with a new set of column stalk operated minor controls (as fitted already in the TR7) replacing the old dashboard mounted knobs and switches. Also added for the model’s final years were a wood dash, hazard flashers and an electric screen washer, in place of the previous manual pump operated ones. Options such as the hard top, tonneau cover, map light and overdrive continued to be popular, but wire wheels ceased to be available.

In 1973 in the United States and Canada, and 1975 in the rest of the world, the 1500 engine was used on the MK IV body to make the Spitfire 1500. Although in this final incarnation the engine was rather rough and more prone to failure than the earlier units, torque was greatly increased by increasing the cylinder stroke to 87.5 mm (3.44 in), which made it much more drivable in traffic.

While the rest of the world saw 1500s with a compression ratio of 8.0:1, the American market model was fitted with a single Zenith-Stromberg carburetor and a compression ratio reduced to 7.5:1 to allow it to run on lower octane unleaded fuel. With the addition of a catalytic converter and exhaust gas recirculating system, the engine only delivered 53 bhp (40 kW) (DIN) with a slower 0–60 mph time of 16.3 seconds. The notable exception to this was the 1976 model year, where the compression ratio was raised to 9.1:1. This improvement was short-lived, however, as the ratio was again reduced to 7.5:1 for the remaining years of production.

Further improvements to the suspension followed with the 1500 included longer swing axles and a lowered spring mounting point for more negative camber and a wider rear track. The wider, lower stance gave an impressive skid pad result of 0.87g average. The gearbox gained synchromesh on its bottom gear.

Now available at Horsepower Enterprises LLC, a full service, repair and restoration shop and special interest automobile showroom. Lancaster, Pennsylvania, (717)392-0599 option 2.

Exterior: Carmine Red
VIN: FM47725U

Mileage: 64,705
Interior: Beige
Engine: 1,493 CC
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual w/Overdrive

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