Sold for £9,112
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: OLY 237L
Chassis No: FH45499
Motor Car Location: Wiltshire
The prototype Spitfire was produced by Standard-Triumph in 1957 but was delayed until 1962. It was based on a modified Herald chassis clothed in a swooping two-seater body penned by Giovanni Michelotti. Unlike the rival Austin-Healey Sprite, it featured wind-up windows; also a single-piece front end that folded forward to provide optimum access to the engine bay. It was the MKIV variant of 1970 that embodied the most comprehensive changes made during the model's 19-year lifespan. The front and rear of the car were restyled and the doors were treated to recessed handles. The interior was greatly improved and featured a full-width facia with the instruments ahead of the driver. The engine capacity remained at 1293cc, as introduced for the MKIII. The rear suspension however (much criticised on earlier cars), was de-cambered and redesigned to eliminate the tendency for the wheels to 'tuck-in' and throw the car into oversteer when cornered hard. Some 70,021 MKIVs were produced between 1970 and 1974 when the model's final incarnation, the Spitfire 1500, was introduced.
This UK supplied MkIV was manufactured in 1972 and first UK registered in November that year. Previously finished in Red, this Spitfire is presented for sale in the complementary colour scheme of British Racing Green, with Black interior trim and weather equipment. The Spitfire’s weather equipment comprises the hood, hood tonneau cover and hard-top in body colour BRG. Fitted with a four-speed manual overdrive gearbox, the Spitfire has also been uprated with a reconditioned 1500cc Spitfire engine fitted by Triumph Auto Classique in 2016 - there is an intermittent minor fuel leak which will require fixing. In current ownership since 2014, ‘OLY 237L’ has a recorded mileage of 59,605 miles (atoc), with approximately 8,000 miles covered across the last 14-years. Accompanied by V5C; original owners Handbook; a large collection of past MOTs and a quantity of past invoices.
Vendor Condition Ratings:
Bodywork: 'Very Good’
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'
PLEASE NOTE: The Spitfire's bonnet sustained light damage since photographs, images of the damage have been added and can be seen as the final three images.
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