Spitfire

1974 Triumph Spitfire - Edward K.

1974 Triumph Spitfire - Edward K.

This 1974 triumph spitfire story starts in Tennessee, sitting in a barn for many years. The Triumph was sold to a lady that took it to Florida in the hope of fixing it up but life changes happen and the triumph sat in the driveway for three more years. That's when I found it and thought that would be a great little car to fix up and I was right, with a lot of long nights and a lot of love, cooling and fuel.

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Steve & Cheryl Carver 1976 Triumph Spitfire

Steve & Cheryl Carver 1976 Triumph Spitfire

Except for its first couple of years, the car has been somewhere in the family.  Like many classics, it spent part of its life garaged in non-working condition. In 2005, my wife's uncle obtained the car from his brother-in-law in Washington State (where it rode out the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980), transported the car to Missouri and proceeded to get it back in working condition.

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Owen DeReus 1977 Spitfire

Owen DeReus 1977 Spitfire

Two or three months before I turned 16, My dad and I had been surfing all over the Internet, looking for a classic sports car to work on together as a project vehicle. I had found a few Pontiac Fieros, but none of which really seemed like the right car to buy. Then one night, my dad stumbled across a Kijiji listing for a blue 1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500.

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Debra Van Der Lee 1976 Spitfire 1500

Debra Van Der Lee 1976 Spitfire 1500

I grew up in a small town called Teulon, which is north of Winnipeg. I learned to drive standard in an old Ford Truck in the fields of my friend’s farm. Once I graduated I moved to Winnipeg to attend College and work and in the spring of 1977, I became the proud owner of a brand new beautiful blue 1976 Triumph Spitfire. 

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Louis Mauriello 1969 Spitfire

Louis Mauriello 1969 Spitfire

I already owned a MGB so I wasn’t really looking for another LBC sports car. Though a friend, who was also a colleague and lived in Florida was, I live in New York and was looking for a compact pickup truck. Since we were using “sub-compact” as one of the search criteria every time we were reviewing ads on the internet this green Spitfire would come up in the listing.

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Rich Klina 1979 Spitfire

Rich Klina 1979 Spitfire

Had triumphs my whole life- I’ve had a TR3,TR4,TR4A a 500 twin bike and a 650 tiger. This time I bought this spitfire for my son, he ran it for 5 yrs and lost interested in it ( shocking) during the same time period I retired and moved to Md. bringing the spitfire with me and into the garage, where it sat for 5 yrs. after a discussion with the wife I decided to begin restoration, the car is about 80% complete.

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Chip Kigar 1980 Spitfire

Chip Kigar 1980 Spitfire

There hasn’t been a part of the car that I haven’t had in parts, but it has been a tremendous amount of fun.  Cruising down a winding road, clicking the overdrive switch while feeling the breeze has been a great experience.  Being involved with the local club has led to many adventures and great experiences.

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