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1967 Triumph Spitfire Mk3

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£10,500

  • Mileage~74,500
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.3L
  • LocationRetford

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1967 Triumph Spitfire Mk3

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Introduction

Tom Valle
Professional Consigner

Starting life as Michelotti’s Project Bomb, the Spitfire represents that classic wind-in-the-hair motoring experience.

March 1967, the Mark III Spitfire was introduced with an all new facelift from the previous models. A raised ‘bone in teeth’ front bumper and front coil springs, rear overriders deleted and bumper mounted reversing lights made for a staple in the Spitfires history, not to mention the much improved folding soft top that unlike previous models no longer needed storing in the boot. The most important development however for this beautiful sports car was the new, bored-out 1,296cc engine which produced 75BHP, this increased capacity was achieved by enlarging the cylinder bore from 69.3 to 737mm. This made for a sweeter, more distinct exhaust note and significantly reduced cabin noise.

This car was delivered ex factory to South Africa in 1967 with a Mk2 bonnet, and it presents in very good condition today having had a body-off restoration, it's a much loved example. With ~74,500 miles and a plethora of history, this little car has a touch of class in its white paintwork.

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

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Meet the owner

I've got my eye set on another classic car, and so have decided it’s time to let the Spitfire go after 7 years of enjoyment.

Getting the car out of his garage, Michael notes the countless hours he’s spent working on, admiring and protecting this Spitfire. It's tucked under numerous sheets to keep it dry, you can tell how much Michael has loved this classic.

Over the years of ownership Michael has made some additions to the car, replacing the dash with a fresh example, a new steering wheel and boss that really sets the interior apart from other examples but retains that classic look. Michael will be more than happy to answer any questions you have on the car below.

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Exterior

Restored in the original white with crisp touches of chrome, this is a timeless British classic.

Wheels and Tyres

13” Wheels with chrome hub cap and matching paintwork steel, the wheels on this car look lovely, refurbished during the body-off restoration.

The two front wheels are wrapped in nearly-new Goodyear tyres with lots of tread, whilst the rear two show the same minimal amounts of use on the Fate-O tyres.

Bodywork

The bodywork on this Spitfire looks to be in very good condition, there appears to be no signs of corrosion or dents to the panels, just what you'd expect when you look through the restoration pictures in the history section.

The panels all sit tight and flush, with a restoration completed (~2011) before Michaels ownership. This car was imported to the UK from South Africa, and is believed to have been originally shipped with its Mk2 bonnet.

Paint

The Spitfire is finished in "White", standing out wonderfully amongst other traffic.

The paint has a smooth finish, even in colour, giving it a more classy look with the contrasting black soft top. Being effectively dry-stored in a garage throughout ownership since restoration, the paint has been preserved brilliantly.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks in excellent condition throughout, the rubber seals are tight around the windows and not perished. There are a few very minor tears in the soft top as can be seen in the photos, but other than that the cover looks to be in great condition.

The chrome work on this car too looks to be in very good shape, the mirror-like finish is consistent throughout all of the trim and for a car of this age is very impressive.

Interior

Black vinyl and wood-veneer, it's that classic Triumph roadster interior.

Seats and Carpets

Black vinyl seats with white piping detailing occupy this two-seater. They are in good condition, a few repairs on the edges which can also be seen in the photos. The carpets look to be in good condition too, but Michael admits they may benefit from a thicker material to be put in place to improve the quality of the cabin.

Dashboard

The wood-veneer dash looks in great condition, partnering with the large black dials, the bold interior adds the charm of this sports car.

The dashboard itself has been replaced in Michaels ownership with a new example, it looks very good with no signs of cracking or fading!

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Michael has added his own touches to this car, one example being the new steering wheel and boss. This three spoke chrome and wooden steering wheel keeps consistent with the cars look and looks in great condition too.

The long gear stick is accompanied by a wooden gear knob projecting the triumph badge in the centre, it too appears in great condition and keeps the wooden veneer look going. Please take a look at the interior media content for a more detailed look.

Mechanics

With the introduction of the 1,296cc engine, the Mk3 Spitfire had that much needed extra fizz.

Engine and Gearbox

The 1,296cc, overhead valve 4-cylinder unit in this car produced a claimed 75BHP at 6,000rpm making the Mk3 a quick car by the standards of those days.

This particular example has been maintained brilliantly, with the new addition of an overdrive gearbox in Michaels ownership in 2016, this car pulls wonderfully in every gear. Other upgrades over time include a new larger radiator.

Suspension and Brakes

As with the rest of the car, the braking system in this Spitfire has been restored over the years, they are said to perform very well with no issues. The car's suspension too looked good, no issues with the springs, nor creaks when getting in and out or using the car.

The Drive

The introduction of the new, larger engine into these Mk3 Spitfires made for a great drive to collaborate with that classic styling.

This rear-wheel drive sports car handles great and Michael reports no problems, with a plethora of owners clubs for these cars it’s sure to be a stand out example.

Electrics and Other

The electrics are said to work as they should, with a new battery installed by Michael. This example does have the addition of a Kenwood stereo too, which is wired up and working correctly.

History and Paperwork

A documented bare metal respray in ~2011, and a host of provenance from its time back in the UK make this a lovely Mk3 example.

Imported to the UK in late 2001, the Spitfire has undergone careful restoration by the numerous owners as shown by the high amount of paperwork. This car comes with paperwork from its time in South-Africa too. Most notably, the car had a bare metal restoration in ~2011, and has had a new gearbox fitted with overdrive in ~2016 in Michaels ownership.

The current owner has owned the car for around 7 years, during this time he has also fitted a new dashboard, steering wheel, radiator just to name a few things. The car is kept under a cover, which will be sent with the car to the new owner too, and it's always been garaged in Michaels ownership.

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

Key Details
  • ModelSpitfire (Mark 3)
  • TransmissionManual with overdrive
  • Reg. Date1967
  • CC1,296
  • Mileage~74,500
  • ColourWhite
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Chassis #FD5881
  • Engine #FD6342HE
  • RestoredYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers4
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~7 years
  • Key FeatureCondition