Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 111
Year : 1966
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : FDV 427D
Chassis No. : FC69065
Engine No. : FC70320HE
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


The 1962 Earls Court Motor Show saw the introduction of the
Triumph Spitfire 4, a small lightweight sports car designed by
Michelotti and a design that had much in common with its sibling,
the Triumph Herald. The 4 within the title referred to the four
cylinder engine with thoughts to the future of producing a six
cylinder version. In UK specification, the in-line four produced
63bhp at 5750rpm which gave a top speed of 92mph and would achieve
0 to 60mph in 16.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption was 31mpg. In
March 1965, the Spitfire 4 Mk. II was introduced. It was very
similar to the Mk. I; in addition to small trim changes, a revised
camshaft and exhaust design gave the Mk. II a modest 4bhp increase
in power. With a fully opening front end, servicing was a delight
and today, these British sports cars are well catered for by
several specialists throughout the UK. This pretty little car
outsold its Abingdon rivals during every year of production except
one and that was the year the Canley factory went on strike.
Production finally ceased in the summer of 1980 ending an 18-year
production run; quite something for this small sports car.

We are delighted to offer this lovely 1966 Triumph Spitfire 4
Mk. II presented in Signal Red and black trim. This Spitfire has,
in recent years, undergone restoration works to the coachwork and
mechanical items including an engine overhaul. Chrome wire wheels
add to the charm and the easily removed hardtop allows the warmer
months to be enjoyed to the full; however, in case of summer
showers, an excellent soft top is included and is easily
erected.  On inspection, the Spitfire presents very well
indeed and of particular note are the panel gaps and the way the
doors shut with a reassuring clunk, a tribute to the quality of
restoration. On settling into the driver's seat everything falls
easily to hand. A short test revealed that the car started easily
and drove well whilst stopping with confidence. The early
Spitfires, with their pretty bonnets and low bumpers, have long
been overlooked but now enthusiasts are recognising their
potential. With a realistic estimate, we feel that these small
British sports cars are surely not going to stay at their current
market level for long.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170