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1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500

According to the chassis plate she was built in 1979 with a paint code for Leyland White.

In June 1981 she was sold new by Rankins (Leyland Dealers) of Munchengladbach Germany to a Major William Coxon, and first registered on British Forces Germany plates as VH 932 B.

The original bill of sale states that the body colour to be red, and on closer inspection it can be seen that from the rear of the bulkhead that it was re-sprayed in vermillion (Orangey Red), leaving the front chassis in white; later she was re-sprayed again to her present colour. In 1983 she was finally imported into the UK, hence the “Y” plate, and soon after sold to Mr George Hobson in Stockport, Greater Manchester. I understand that in 1992 she was dry stored for the next 18 years. Old MOT’s back this up with the mileage in 1992 as 54,000 miles and the MOT on me acquiring her from Cheshire in July 2010 as at 54,800 miles. 


OHV 4 Cylinder in line

Bore: 73.7mm

Stroke: 87.5mm

Displacement: 1,493cc

Compression ratio: 9 : 1

Carburettors: Twin SU HS4

Power output: 71bhp at 5,500rpm


Maximum speed: 134mph

Acceleration: 0-60 mph 7.8secs

Overall fuel consumption: 18mpg



Clutch: Borg & Beck single dry plate

Gearbox: 4-speed, all synchromesh

final drive: 3.63 :1

J type overdrive optional



All metal steel body on backbone frame


Dual hydraulic system, Front: 9in disk

Rear: 7in x 1.25in drums



Rack and pinion, Turning circle: 24ft

3.5 turns lock to lock



Front: upper and lower wishbones,

coil springs, anti roll bar

Rear: independent, swing axle radius arms, pivoting transverse leaf spring

Telescopic dampers front & rear



Bolt-on 13in x 4.5J pressed steel ventilated disc


Maximum speed: 100 mph

Acceleration, 0-60mph: 11.5secs

Overall fuel consumption:

approx 35mpg


Dimensions & Weight

Wheelbase: 6ft 11in

Track - front: 4ft 1in

Track - rear: 4ft

Overall length: 12ft 9in

Overall width: 4ft 10in

Overall height: 3ft 11in

Kerb weight: 15.67cwt

Tank capacity: 7.25 Imp gallons



Dec 1974 - Aug 1980: 95,829

Total of all Spitfire variants: 314,332

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