1977 Triumph Spitfire

Zack Cyphers' 1977 Triumph Spitfire

I'm new to the world of vintage motoring. I worked for four years as an English teacher in Germany. When I was getting ready to make a move back to the States, I found out I could ship one car back. A friend of mine suggested I bring back a classic car, something cool.

I didn't have much money, but I found this 1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 at a price I could afford. It came to me by way of a young restorer in the Netherlands. I drove up one night on a school night to check it out, and fell in love with the car. It was mostly free of rust, but had some imperfections in the paint, but that didn't bother me. It ran well. It had belonged to an older gentleman who took it on road trips with his wife. He sold it when he moved and no longer had room for it.

I can tell that the car was well loved, and I love keeping it running. I'm not much of a mechanic, but I'm learning, with the help of YouTube and Haynes manuals.

The car turns heads wherever it goes, and I love telling people the story of how I brought it over from Europe. I've taken the car on road trips in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. I drove it from Bitburg to Paris last year. I took it for a lap on the famous Nurburgring racetrack in Germany.

Now the car lives in Northern Virginia and my girlfriend calls it "Li'l Blue". It'll be on display at a show for the first time this weekend. Now that the weather is nice I drive it as often as I can. I love this car.