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1966 Triumph Spitfire MKII

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£17,000 to £19,000

  • Mileage~130,000
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.2-litre
  • LocationChew Magna, Bristol

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Introduction

Jacob Boodrie
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A superb British sports car that offers a stylish and sleek design that's a delightful drive - the Triumph Spitfire MKII.

The Triumph Spitfire was produced as a direct competitor of the Austin-Healey Sprite, and subsequently the MG Midget. Triumph found itself playing catch up, yet eventually ended up producing a quality sports car that rivaled the competition in many ways.

The Spitfire was underpinned by a Herald-style separate chassis and was powered by the same family of engines. Similar to the Herald, the Spitfire was a look created by Michelotti with a closely-cropped interior for two.

This is a Mark II, which was produced between 1965-1967. The car was quite a step up from its predecessor with a retuned engine, revised camshaft profile, water-heated manifold and tubular exhaust manifold which increased the car to 67BHP at 60,000rpm - it remains very accessible and easy to keep on the road thanks to the near-total parts supply.

We get a lot of Spitfires submitted to us for our consideration, however, this example really caught our eye - finished in Conifer Green with white wheels, the car was subject to a complete nut and bolt restoration between 1993-'99. It received an up-rated tuned stage II engine and recondition gearbox in 2006 - the car's ready to race with much more horsepower under its belt.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Jacob after meeting Paul the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I've really enjoyed my Spitfire ownership, ever since solo flying an actual Spitfire, I had my heart set on one.

Paul trained to fly a WW2 Spitfire solo back in 2016, and while training in Goodwood came across the dealer selling this lovely MK2 with overdrive. Paul, a keen aviator and petrolhead always dreamed of owning an actual Spitfire, however, Triumph's road version was the next best thing :)

The car was first sold by College Green Motors in Bristol in 1966 where Paul worked during his youth.

During Paul's ownership, he's had no major work undertaken, just regular servicing and a replacement cylinder head fitted due to a small leak. Due to difficulty in getting in and out of the car, Paul isn't using the car as much as he once was, and mentioned to us "These cars need to be used and it is time for a new home and someone who can use and enjoy the car."

Paul will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments below.

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Exterior

A pure driving machine - this Spitfire drives as good as it looks, restored in a lovely Conifer Green.

Wheels and Tyres

The Spitfire is fitted with its original style steel wheels, painted in white, with chrome hubs. The wheels look finished to a high standard, with just minor chips in places on the rim.

The wheels are wrapped in Goodyear tyres with a healthy amount of tread present.

The overall presentation of both the tyres and wheels is very good.

Please take a look at the photos and videos for a closer look at the wheels and tyres.

Bodywork

This is one well cared for example - all the bodywork looks to be in great condition. The shut lines across all the panels are tight and even as you'd expect.

Please watch the videos to see just how good this car is - it's been previously restored between '93-'99, and Paul has maintained the car cosmetically and mechanically over his ownership.

Paint

This Triumph Spitfire Mark II is finished in a deep 'Conifer Green' which would have been applied to the car during its restoration between 1993-1999.

The paint looks good, however being picky we think it would benefit from a deep compound and polish, as there are some light swirl marks and white specs over the body panels. The car has some minor stone chips around the front and rear bumpers, and some light parking marks along the edge of the driver's door.

Please have a look at the images to see the condition of the paint in more detail.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks in great condition throughout, the rubber seals look tight around the windows and are in the same condition too.

During Paul's ownership, he's never removed the hardtop roof, as it's his preference. The car does however come with its tonneau and soft top, which can be seen in the history and paperwork media pack.

Please take a look at the exterior video and photographs for a closer look at the beautiful exterior.

Interior

The Mark II received a restyled interior - you'll find elegant black vinyl bucket seats and wood-lined Moto-Lisa wheel within this charming classic.

Seats and Carpets

Very smart black vinyl seats line the cabin of this Spitfire. After inspection, the seats appear in great condition, along with the door cards, carpets, and roof lining. We believe these would have been attended to during the restoration.

While taking the car out on the roads, the seats proved to be very comfortable, Paul mentions long trips are very pleasurable in the Spitfire.

Dashboard

The original black dashboard, with revised dials for the Mark II are fitted - they all appear in excellent condition.

Paul has informed us that all the dials, gauges, etc work as they should.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A lovely Mota-Lita steering wheel has been fitted, and as seen in the media pack, the car also comes with an additional 2x steering wheels for you to choose between.

The gear stick and handbrake lever are both in great condition.

Mechanics

A refined and restored stage II engine to give this Spitfire some extra poke.

Engine and Gearbox

In 2006 at 27,109 miles Jigsaw reconditioned the engine to stage 2, where it received an acid dip, re-bore, re-grinded crankshaft, lightened flywheel, new ring gear, skimmed head, re-helicoid. Please take a look at the receipts in the history media pack to see all the reconditioned and new parts used.

The car starts well from cold and settles down quickly to a steady idle. The 'On the Road' video shows the car pulls well and gear changes are reported to be precise.

Suspension and Brakes

Paul has always given the brakes along with all the other mechanical parts the attention they require over his ownership.

The car's suspension looks good and as reported by Paul there are no issues with the springs and no creaks when getting in and out or using the car.

Paul assures us that the car handles as you'd expect and mentions the brakes will be serviced before the sale.

The Drive

The Spitfire Mk2 offers a fun sports car, ready to be used and enjoyed - Paul reports the car never fails to put a smile on his face.

Paul assures us the car drives beautifully and fault-free.

Electrics and Other

Paul confirmed all electrics work as they should and the switches and wiring all appear in very good condition.

History and Paperwork

A very well-documented and restored MkII Spitfire with a host of provenance since '78 - a truly desirable British classic.

This Spitfire MK2 Overdrive comes with its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and provenance in the form of previous images, MOT reports, parts, and service receipts. Most notable is the bare metal restoration between '93 and '99, a new stage 2 engine in 2006 along with a reconditioned gearbox being fitted.

Additional extras from factory - Disc wheels + Heater + 5.20-13 tyres.

In 2006 at 27,109 miles Jigsaw reconditioned the engine to stage 2 and received an acid dip, re-bore, re-grind crankshaft, lighten flywheel, new ring gear, skimmed head, re-helicoid. As well as fitting the new following items: pistons, high tensile con rod bolts, heavy-duty bearings, thrust washers, cam followers, fast rod camshaft, duplex timing chain, camshaft and crankshaft sprockets, inlet valves, exhaust valves and seats, head gasket, oil seals, flywheel bolts, oil pressure spring and relief valve, spigot bush, 3-piece clutch assembly, engine plates, front pulley, and spark plugs.

Paul will be happy to answer any of your questions in the comments below.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5, HPi is clear.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
13.10.2017 MOT 29,181
10.08.2016 MOT 29,008
11.08.2015 MOT 28,939
15.08.2012 MOT 28,857
12.08.2014 MOT 28,907
13.08.2013 MOT 28,879
06.09.2013 Service 28,885
28.09.2006 Stage II unleaded engine 27,109
31.08.2006 Recondition Gearbox with overdrive 27,109
21.08.2006 Service 27,109
16.08.1995 MOT 9,541
08.08.1994 MOT 8,811
10.08.1993 MOT 2,010
11.07.1991 MOT 98,941
30.06.1981 MOT 80,832
07.02.1979 MOT 77,326
02.02.1978 MOT 75,108
Key Details
  • ModelSpitfire MII Overdrive
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.06.1966
  • CC1147CC
  • Mileage~130,000
  • HistoryGreat
  • ColourConifer Green
  • Interior ColourBlack (Vynide)
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #FC.73949
  • Engine #FC.754.53.HE
  • Matching #sYes
  • RestoredYes
  • Engine Rebuild2006
  • MOTNo
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes - clear
  • Former Keepers7
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Security SysStandard
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned5yrs
  • Key FeatureThe Drive


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Dee

Hi, the MOT shows the mileage in 2017 was circa 30k but the mileage being sold on the car is 130k.

£2,000 bid by PMogs10 14.10.2021 @ 19:56:51
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Hi, the drivers door shut line dos’nt appear tight against the rear wing, are you aware of any accident damage that might have resulted in this? Otherwise a very nice example of a mk2 Spit.

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