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This very late Triumph Spitfire was ordered on 26th June 1981. The car was supplied by Mann Egerton Ltd in Great Yarmouth and left the factory in White. The car was delivered to its first owner on 1st August 1981 and we have the original retail vehicle order form, handbook, sales brochure and tool kit with the car. The Spitfire was ordered with disc wheels, inertia reel seat belts, centre armrest, laminated windscreen, exterior mirror, tonneau cover and headrests. The car was Ziebart rust proofed and then spent seventeen years with its first owner.
The first owner of the Spitfire used the car on a regular basis from new and by 2004 it was in need of some restoration work. The engine was fully stripped down and re-bored. The crankshaft was required re-grinding and the engine was treated to a new camshaft and followers, timing chain, pistons, main and big end bearings, core plugs, oil seals and gaskets. The cylinder head was converted to run on unleaded with new hardened valve seats, new valves and guides. A new starter motor, new clutch and ignition items were also fitted. The Triumph was treated to a body restoration and a brand new bonnet was fitted to the car. The car was re-upholstered and a new hood was supplied and fitted. The suspension was treated to new trunions, lower and upper suspension overhaul kit, front and rear Spax shockers and new leaf springs. A sports exhaust system was also supplied by Rimmer Bros and the brakes thoroughly re-commissioned. Since this major work, the Spitfire has only covered 9,000 miles.
Having covered very little mileage since restoration and regular servicing since, the Spitfire has arrived with us in very strong mechanical order. The car drives superbly with an excellent engine and gearbox and handling and braking is excellent. Our Spitfire sounds fabulous and is really good fun to drive with a nice tight, direct feel to it. A comprehensive history file accompanies the car with thousands of pounds worth of invoices giving lots of confidence that this is a very well looked after car. MOT's dating back to 1991 are with the car along with some photos of restoration work. UPW 792X is clearly a very honest car and has many excellent selling points to include history back to new, one long term first owner, a substantial restoration well documented and of course its current, very good condition.
UPW 792X isn't a show car, but it drives superbly and presents very well. The paintwork has a nice finish and whilst there are clear signs of age, the car is structurally strong and panels are straight and clean. The white paintwork has aged well and has a nice finish, chrome work could be improved but is presentable and the interior is beautiful with high quality carpets and leather upholstery. The engine bay is clean, the boot area very smart and the car offers great value for a perfectly usable, attractive looking Triumph Spitfire.