With slightly more than 15K of these peppy little Spitfire 1500s being produced per year over their six year run between 1974 and 1980, the car would not seem on paper to be particularly rare. However, roughly half of these cars entered the United States via California, and of those approximately 7,500 cars per year, many if not most were off the streets by the late eighties for one reason or another. The result is that today, few of these little classics exist, very few are in good running order, and fewer still have undergone any level of restoration, much less a rotisserie treatment.
This remarkable, rotisserie restored, Flamenco Red with tan interior 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 is an extraordinary example of this increasingly hard to find English sports classic. Equipped with 1,493cc inline four cylinder four stroke engine, twin SU carburetors, 4-speed manual transmission, with a curb weight of just under 1,800lbs, and able to fetch better than 35 miles per gallon, this small Brit is sporting, stylish, and absolutely perfect for the winding roads of cool summer days.
The Triumph Spitfire 1500 will be well known to many as a car owned and loved in earlier times, and which could not be easily sustained on a high-school or college salary. This beautifully restored 1500 is certain to be the fulfillment of that former joy, and a car which can now be owned, kept, and enjoyed in a way you not previously possible.
This car is a celebration of another, simpler time—seize upon this rare opportunity while it can be grasped!