Triumph Spitfire IV Images and Technical Specification
The Triumph Spitfire was launched in 1962 and was the design of Giovanni Michelotti and was based on the Triumph Herald. The Spitfire was built to compete with the Austin-Healey Sprite and be a light weight, affordable sports car. In order to keep the production costs low the Spitfire used a modified Herald chassis, Herald suspension setup and originally a slightly tuned 1147cc Herald engine.
The Mk4 Spitfire was released in 1971 and had a comprehensive change, the rear of the car was re-designed to resemble the Triumph Stag and Triumph 2000. The front of the car received minor changes and the dashboard had the instrumentation placed in-front of the driver. The engine was tuned slightly to give a less aggressive but more refined drive and the handling was improved as previous models had received criticism for the slightly wild on-limit cornering characteristics.
The last Triumph Spitfire came of the production line in 1980 and was Triumph's longest running model by being in production for 18 years
The car is now a very popular budget classic and is well served by many owners clubs, ensuring parts and accessories are easy to obtain as well as the possibility to tune and improve an already great little car. The Triumph Spitfire is an ideal first classic sports car.