Triumph Spitfire
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Triumph Spitfire


The Triumph Spitfire body and engine changed 3 times over 20 years of production. Early Triumph Spitfire 4 (4 cylinders) identified later as "mark 1,  were followed by the Spitfire 4 Mk2 (Mark 2) a bit more powerful. The first body modification happened on the Spitfire mark 3 which had its front bumper raised. In 1971 occured the last and most important design change.

Spitfire 4 (mk1)

- metal dashboard painted in the same body colour,

- Triumph front badge almost similar with TRs badge,

- pack away hood and hood frame.

Triumph Spitfire 4
The first Spitfire's grille is made of two halves like on the Triumph Herald.

Triumph Spitfire mk1 wire wheels
Front wings followed by the small doors give a very nice side line to the Spiffire.
Triumph Spitfire boot lid handle
TRIUMPH lettering on the boot lid at close-up.
Triumph Spitfire4 rear badge
The Spifire 4 rear badge,Spitfire mark 1's official name.

Triumph Spitfire 4 mk2

With the exception of the more powerful engine, almost no difference with the Spitfire 4 Mk1

- black dashboard,

- contrasting piping on the seats.

Triumph Spitfire
From front view, no way to spot a difference with the Spitfire mark1.

Triumph Spitfire boot lid
The rear bumper will be made of 2 halves 'till the Spitfire mark 3.

Triumph Spitfire mk2 rear badge
Here is the unique Sptifire mk2 external difference : the rear badge.

Triumph Spitfire mk2 dashboard
Inside, you will identify a mark2 from the contrasting piping and the black dashboard.
Triumph Spitfire mk2 rear bumper
The hood is still of the pack away type.

Triumph Spitfire mk2 steel wheel
No matter which colour the car is, steel wheels are always painted white on Spitfires Mk1 to Mk3.
Triumph Spitfire mk2 engine
Mechanics access on the Triumph Spitfire is like no other.

Triumph Spitfire mk2 SU carburetters
The engine is fed by a pair of SU HS2 carburettors.

Triumph Spitfire mk3

First big change on the Triumph Spitfire, the mk3 is given a new engine which capacity is increased to 1296 cc, giving 75bhp while weight increase is only 13 Kg.
Top speed increases from 153 to 165 Kph. It is, and will stay the fastest and most powerful Triumph Spitfire.

Triumph Spitfire mk3
Spitfire mk 3 front end can be identified at first glance. The front bumper is raised at the grille level

Triumph Spitfire mk3
Steel wheels on Spitfire mk3 are usually painted white.

Triumph Spitfire mk3
Triumph Herald and Spitfire share the same mechanical parts. But the final customers are not the same.The Spitfire is a single's Sports car while Herald is a family car than was available as a convertible.
Triumph Spitfire mk3
Inside, nothing but the small wood board changed. Customers have to wait for the Spitfire Mark 4 to gain in ergonomics.

Triumph Spitfire mk3
Headlamp stoneguards are not original, these are accessories.

Triumph Spitfire mk3
If you like it, you can replace painted wire wheels with chrome plated ones.

Triumph Spitfire mk3
A very sporty design. Even if the Spitfire's performances are modest, the very low driving position helps to feel the speed, at any speed.
Triumph Spitfire mk3
A long bonnet, wire wheels, bullet mirror are '60s British sports cars traditional  appearance details.

Triumph Spitfire mk3
A very nice Triumph colour :  "midnight blue".

Triumph Spitfire mk3
The Triumph Spitfire Mk 3 back end is identical to previous versions.

Triumph Spitfire 4 mk2
If you do not like steel wheels nor wire wheels, Minilite wheels are a nice alternate option.

Triumph Spitfire mk3
Instruments at close-up : this layout is similar on every Spitfire Mark 1 to 3. Central position prevent from clocks to be hidden by a too small Moto-Lita steering wheel.

Triumph Spitfire mkIV

In 1971, the Triumph Spitfire mk IV body is redesigned for the last time. The bonnet, still in one piece with front wings loose its top wing finishers. Rear end adopts the Triumph Stag, 2000 and 2500 look. The interior is redesigned too, the dashboard is enlarged to both sides of the car and the instruments are relocated in front of the driver. Hood is now fitted permanently behind the seats.

Triumph Spitfire mk4
A now rare original colour : Magenta.

Triumph Spitfire mk4 steel wheel
Steel wheels are another change on the Spitfire mk4.

Triumph Spitfire mk4
The new dashboard with modern heater controls. But still no glovebox !

Triumph Spitfire mk4 wing badge
You cannot be confused with another Spitfire version, the Spitfire IV badge is positioned on both front wings and on the bootlid.
Triumph Spitfire mk4 engine
Overall view of the Spitfire Mk4's engine bay.
Triumph Spitfire mk4
This is an original Mk4 and 1500 hardtop.
Triumph Spitfire mk4
The Spitfire redesign gives the car a modern appearance.
Triumph Spitfire mk4
The front wing finisher deletion is obvious on this side view,

Triumph Spitfire 1500

To compensate for the lack of power on Mark IV Spitfires exported to United States (58 bhp and a 140Kph top speed instead of 75 bhp and 165 Km/h on the Mk3), Triumph released the Spitfire 1500 with an engine rebored to 1493 cc. Unfortunately, emission equipment still limit the power to 52bhp on the American market. Therefore the increased torque is appreciated and help the car to reach 150 Kph.
The 1500 will be sold two years later in Europe. European versions with bigger
SU HS4 carburettors, and free from any emission equipment are able to reach 160 Kph, thanks to a power output of 61bhp, almost the same as the Spitfire Mark 3.

Triumph Spitfire 1500
 No aesthetical change on the Spitfire 1500, the difference is under the bonnet.

Triumph Spitfire 1500 boot lid
Since Spitfire mk4, the rear bumper is made of a single piece.

Triumph Spitfire 1500 boot lid sticker
Stickers instead of metal badges.

Triumph Spitfire 1500
Rear end identical to Triumph 2000, 2500 and Stag.

Triumph Spitfire 1500 Leyland badge
The British Leyland badge, as fitted on many BLC cars front wings from 1970.

Triumph Spitfire 1500
The tank filler is located between tonneau and boot. For your seats and hood's sake do not overfill.

Triumph Spitfire 1500
On this Spitfire, the Minilite wheels are painted anthracite.

Bolt on wire wheel
For those who want wire wheels without the need to change the hubs, British car parts retailers sell these bolt-on wire wheels.
Triumph Spitfire 1500 1977 on seats
Here we have an accessory leather Moto-Lita steering wheel. The black houndstooth cloth seats are typical to this version.
Triumph Spitfire Houndtoot seat
This Spitfire 1500 is fitted with the beige houndstooth cloth seats. As interior is under restoration, you can see the petrol tank located behind the seats.
Triumph Spitfire 1500 engine
The European 1500 engine, with a pair of SU HS4 carburettors.

Triumph Spitfire 1500 Apal
This Spitfire's hardtop seems to be an Apal production.

Triumph Spitfire 1500 Apal
Apal is a Belgian company that produced fiberglass body elements, including hardtops for the Triumph Spitfire.
Triumph Spitfire 1500 Apal
Unlike the original hardtop, Apal's has an integrated bootlid at the end of a "fastback" roof line.

Triumph Spitfire 1500 Apal
It makes the Spitfire looks much more like a Triumph GT6.

Triumph Spitfire 1500 Apal
Once painted, the car may be confused with a fixed head coupe.




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