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Year: 1979

Make: Triumph

Model: Spitfire 1500

Commission #- FM 97001 U, Federal Model,  Manufactured November 1978 for the 1979 Model Year.

Mileage: 60, 126 [50,000 put on by the first owner (79-86)]

Colour: "Tahiti Blue"- The colour code stamped on the car in incorrect.  It reads JMA which is not found on any Triumph color chart.  I will post more info on this later.  But I do believe the car still has the original paint.  The car could actually be "Pageant Blue" which is JNA.    

Other: Convertible, 4-Speed Manual Transmission (non-overdrive), Weber Carburetor down draft conversion carb.

Judging from a sticker on the trunk lid, at one point the car was sold from "Auto World Imports " located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  I don't know if this place still exists and cannot find any record of it.  When I got the car it had a faded "Virginia is for Lovers" bumper sticker.    

I purchased the car for $400 from the (2nd) owner on May 9, 1999.

I had the car delivered by flatbed on May 10, 1999.

 


Spitfire 1500 Technical Specifications

Built December 1974 to August 1980.
Chassis numbers: FH750001 to FH130001, then to TFADW5AT009898.
Engine 1493cc, 4 stroke, 4 cylinder, in line, front mounted.
Twin 1.5 in. SU HS4 carburetors.
Max power: 71 bhp @ 5500 rpm.
Max torque: 82 lb ft (111Nm) @ 3000 rpm.
Transmission Rear wheel drive.
4 speed gearbox, direct gear change, synchromesh on all gears.
J type overdrive option.
 
Wheelbase 6ft 11in (2.11m)
Track Front: 4 ft 1 in (1.25m)
Rear: 4 ft 2 in (1.28m)
Suspension Front: independent double wishbone type, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and anti-roll bar.
Rear: independent swing axle, transverse leaf spring with pivoting, telescopic dampers, and trailing radius arms.
Steering Rack and pinion with impact absorbing steering column.
3.75 turns lock to lock.
Turning radius: 24 ft (7.32m)
Brakes Front: hydraulic 9 in (23cm) diameter discs.
Rear: hydraulic 7 x 1.25 in (18 x 3.2cm) drums.
Wheels Rims: 13 x 4.5 in pressed steel.
Bodywork 2 seater sports convertible on separate backbone chassis.
Dimensions Length: 12 ft 5 in (3.78m)
Width: 4 ft 10.5 in (1.50m)
Height: 3 ft 1.5 in (0.95m)
Unladen weight: 1750 lb (794kg)
Electrics 12V negative earth.
43A/hr battery and alternator charging system.
Performance 0-30 mph (0-50 kmh) : 3.8 sec.
0-60 mph (0-95 kmh) : 13.2 sec.
Top speed: 100 mph (160 kmh)
Fuel consumption: 38 mpg (16 km/l)

(From The Triumph Spitfire Resource Site)


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