1965 Triumph Spitfire
Perhaps the most quintessential example of the post-war British roadster, the Triumph Spitfire shares its name with the equally successful World War Two fighter. The compact roadster was an unlikely success with a unique origin story. After the purchase of Triumph by Leyland Motors Ltd. at the end of 1960, a roadster prototype was discovered under a dust sheet in the corner of the factory by Leyland Motors employees. Entranced by its good-looks it was approved for immediate production, debuting as the Mark I in 1962. The updated Mark II would follow soon after in 1965, with the exterior altered very little. The real changes featured within, with a new reworked camshaft combined with a water-heated intake manifold and a tubular exhaust manifold. These updates not only increased power, but improved throttle response, torque delivery, and reliability. Due to the Spitfire’s sleek, open bodywork, fully independent suspension, and a tuned four-cylinder engine, it became a darling among SCCA racers, winning many F and G production class SCCA National Sports Car Championships.
This Mark II 1965 Triumph Spitfire is finished in Pure White with an interior upholstered in black leather and white piping and offers additional safety enhancements such as a roll bar and three-point seatbelts. With its blend of style and heritage, this Spitfire still offers an exhilarating classic driving experience.
Finished in Pure White on Black leather with white piping
Powered by a SC inline-four single overhead cam metered by twin SU carburetors paired to a four-speed manual transmission
Competition Lucas HA12 ignition coil
Front disc brakes and rear drum
Upgraded front harness wiring - converted to positive ground and modern (Lucas) alternator
The five-digit odometer shows 47,977 miles, however, the true mileage is unknown
Revised horizontal slat grille (1965-1967 style)
8000 rpm tachometer
Aluminum radiator fan blades
Electric windshield wipers
Black air box
Millboard engine bay valance kit
Three point seatbelts
Oil pressure gauge
Converted to electric fuel pump
Convertible top is worn and shows use
Rust in low corners of the trunk, at the pinch welds, and under the floor pans
Scuffs and scratches on lower half of passenger door
Paint cranks and chips on trunk lid edges
Paint touch up marks
Paint crack surrounding headlights
Paint cracks along lower door edges
Oil leaks block, differential and gearbox
Original wheels (rim damage) and hubcaps
Spare freshly rebuilt starter
Spare transmission core (gears worn)
Spare (new) mechanical fuel pump
Miscellaneous small parts
Based on the chassis number structure, this Spitfire appears to have been assembled in Belgium and likely began life on the continent before being shipped to the United States. The previous owner indicated that they had purchased and restored the car in the 1990s.
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