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1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500

*** Interested parties should note, this vehicle was subject to a CAT C insurance loss in 07/1999 ***


  • 4-speed manual with overdrive
  • Well presented interior 
  • Runs and drives well
  • Turn key classic 

The Appeal

Sitting pretty in a brilliantly stunning red/orange exterior colour this eye-catching Triumph Spitfire is sure to attract a few glances as you cruise through the country. This example has a wonderful documented history and has clearly been loved throughout its life.

This Spitfire will re-ignite your passion for driving. With the wind in your hair and the smell of petrol in your nose, every drive will be memorable and enjoyable. 

The History and Paperwork

  • The history of this car is well documented
  • Within a proper bound book, you will find receipts dating back to 1991 
  • Throughout the book, you’ll find miscellaneous invoices that prove it's been looked after
  • There are also a lot of MOT certificates 
  • Being over 40 years old it no longer requires a yearly MOT, but it was kept MOT’d until 2021 
  • Sifting through the physical MOTs and online records it points towards a sparingly used classic 
  • This might mean that the 34,855 miles are genuine
  • It has been with the current owners for roughly three years
  • During this time, it hasn’t needed much
  • There does appear to be a set of new leads and a new distributor cap under the bonnet 
  • The all-important V5 is present too
  • Now it’s time for you to write the next chapter of this Spitfires life 
  • You will enjoy every moment spent with this charming classic

The Interior

  • Inside this Spitfire is in rather good condition 
  • The two seats fitted are in great condition 
  • Finished in a houndstooth pattern they are very eye-catching 
  • The material does appear to have any large areas of undue wear and tear 
  • They are also fairly comfortable to sit in
  • To match the black seats the carpets are trimmed in the same colour 
  • Throughout the cabin, these carpets are presented well
  • In front of the driver is a fairly simple 3-spoke steering wheel which shows little wear 
  • To the left, you’ll find the gearstick 
  • Importantly it is fitted with overdrive which will make cruising more comfortable 
  • The dashboard appears to be void of any nasty cracks
  • Spanning the width of the interior is the well-presented wood-veneered centre console 
  • The veneer is in great condition with no signs of delamination 
  • With the roof up the interior feels very sporty, but with the roof down the interior is transformed
  • In the boot, you’ll find a tonneau cover that will cover up the entire interior 
  • The roof is very easy to put down, and then back up, so don’t worry too much about inclement weather
  • For a car of this age, you can forgive a few areas of age related wear
  • Overall, the interior is in great condition and just waiting for you to get in

The Exterior 

  • Finished in a striking orange/red this Spitfire doesn’t fly under the radar
  • Across the body panels the paint is in good conditions 
  • There are a few areas of marking on the paint 
  • However, these are isolated areas, and they shouldn’t need a re-spray 
  • A glance over the body resulted in no large or obvious areas of corrosion 
  • The chrome bumpers, front and rear, could do with a bit of TLC to bring them back to life
  • With the roof up you can see that it is in good condition 
  • There are no large rips or tears in the fabric section 
  • The plastic windows are also void of cracking 
  • The car sits on a set of well-looked-after alloys 
  • With a little bit of TLC, the exterior could be bought back to life 
  • You should be able to spend some time over the remainder of the winter perfecting the car's appearance 

The Mechanics 

  • Under the clamshell bonnet, you’ll find a lovely 4-cylinder 1500cc petrol engine 
  • On the day of the photoshoot, the car started easily from cold
  • It then drove to the location and maneuvered into position with ease 
  • The current owner did mention that, although not desperately needed, you may wish to tune the carbs 
  • You can see from the paperwork that the car has been looked after through its most recent history
  • This can also be seen in the condition of the engine bay 
  • A few new parts have been fitted, such as new leads and a distributor
  • With no electronic aids, this Spitfire takes driving back to its purest form 
  • This will allow you to enjoy every drive with the car
  • You can almost be at one with the machine, a far more engaging experience than today’s offerings 
  • Overall, the car appears to be in very good mechanical condition 


If you haven’t already fallen in love with this classic, then just take another look through the gallery. This charming little classic will sit beautifully on your drive, and you will always want to be behind the wheel. 

Modern cars cannot match the sound, smell, or looks of a classic. So why not put your money into this charming Triumph Spitfire? With a little bit of work, you will have an excellent example.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1979
  • Make Triumph
  • Model Spitfire 1500
  • Colour Vermillion Red
  • Odometer 34,855 Miles
  • Engine size 1493
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Hertford
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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