Triumph Spitfire


New:  My Spitfire has needed a paint job for years, and this year I finally got around to doing it. Read the story here.

A couple of video clips from an old Greek movie, featuring a what looks like a MK I Spitfire. The first clip was shot in a dealer's showroom, and you can also see a Herald convertible. The second clip shows something the manufacturer definitely didn't recommend!
First clip
Second clip

A picture of a Spitfire body mounted over the entrance of a pub in Oslo, Norway. It was taken during a trip to Norway circa 1995. That's me underneath the car.

Old:  Some pictures from the New Jersey Triumph Association Triumph Brewery run, held Sep. 28, 2003. These look a lot better than the ones from the karting event!   Click on the small pictures to open another browser window with the full-size version.  Under each thumbnail is the file size of the full-size picture.

Even older:  Some pictures from the New Jersey Triumph Association karting event, held Feb. 23, 2003. Sorry about the fuzziness; the light was pretty bad.  Click on the small pictures to open another browser window with the full-size version.  If you are downloading the pixtures with a slow dialup connection, beware: some are much larger than others.  Under each thumbnail is the file size of the full-size picture.



I have a 1972 Triumph Spitfire Mk IV, number FK26439L.  It's a convertible, but it has a hardtop bolted on at the moment. Click on the pictures to see the full 640x480 images.

1972 Triumph Spitfire MK IV1972 Triumph Spitfire MK IV


Here are a couple of pictures of my block-and-tackle arrangement for storing the hardtop. BTW, I have redone the headliner since I took these pictures, and it looks very handsome now.  You can also see how messy my garage is :-(. These were taken with an Olympus D340R digital camera (in the lowest-resolution mode).  This is a nice digital camera, BTW. Click on the pictures to see the full 640x480 image.
The hardtop in the fully raised position.The hardtop lowered about halfway.

Here is some "Space-Age Insulating Mat" I glued under the bonnet. Note how I hemmed the edge to keep it from fraying. This is easy to do with an ordinary sewing machine. Click on the pictures to see the full 640x480 image.
Space-Age insulating mat glued under the bonnet.A close-up showing the hemming.


I have a set of SU HS2 carbs, probably from a MK III.  I managed to get the correct throttle
linkage parts (never used on cars exported to the USA) used from England. Here are some
photos of the setup and some scans of the relevant pages from the parts catalog.


10/17/2001:  I have removed my wire wheels and their ratty old tires, and replaced them with a
set of stock wheels I got from a junkyard and 4 new Pirelli P400 tires.  Here are some pictures.
Now I can restore the wire wheels at my leisure, and still drive the car.  Needless to say, the wheels
did not look like that when I got them; I sandblasted and repainted them.