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SPITFIRE; MkI-MkIV, 1500,  1962-1980
With the also used frame of the Herald - Michelotti made a genial design, with that little, fine sportscar, the  the Spitfire, he had constructed an uncomplicated, little roadster with independant rear suspension.
Links:         MkI,  1147ccm, 60 PS, 1962-1964
     o.A.       MkII  1147ccm  67 PS, 1964-1967

With its long, sloped bonnet, on top with integrated front wings the Spitfire reminds at the one year earlier introduced Jaguar E Type. The name Spitfire was chosen to remind at the famous RAF War plane, which decisively was used during the Battle of Britain

Links:         MkIII, 1296ccm, 75 PS, 1967-1970
     o.A.       MkIV  1296ccm, 60 PS, 1970-1974
The earlier Spitfire, during many races quite successfull - not infrequently they occupied the front places, although they had their problems accellerating coming out of close curves (latteral accelleration), they won because they were reliable. The "Spiti" was the longest built model from the post War Triumph - almost 20 years and  5 facelifts long and...

Links:        1500, 1493ccm, 72 PS, 1974-1980

....next to the TR7/8 the last, genuine Triumph. It's popularity reaches even into our high tech time, with a proper facelift the 1500 could even today make a nice figure, although the 1500 suffered from the "English Illness" (because of the lots of strikes those days) which means  quality deficits, not so uncommon with British cars during the 7oties, leading to a bad reputation for many  British cars. But the good conception was certainly the model for one of the most successfull roadsters of the world - the Mazda MX5, which can easily be seen as the real successor of the SpitI or what the Spitfire could have looked like today.

Links:unten:   Mk3 Motor                    Unten: Cockpit  1500                       Rechts:  Cockpit  Mk3

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