1973 Triumph Spitfire MKIV
This very original Triumph Spitfire MKIV is believed to have covered just 32,500 miles from new and was bought new in 1972 by Charles Hague & Sons Ltd, a soft drinks manufacturer and beer and wine distributor in South Yorkshire. The Company was founded in the 1950's and run by the father of former Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party William Hague. BET 614L has had just four owners from new, all in South Yorkshire and is a remarkably honest, original example.
BET 614L comes with a comprehensive history file containing old MOT certificates, invoices and general correspondence. We know the Spitfire was subject of some major work in 1996 to include a sympathetic body restoration that included some new metal work and new seals. At this point, the totally original car required new rear lower wing sections and sills. Mechanical work in 1996 included a new exhaust silencer, alternator, thermostat, new front suspension bushes and pins, brake overhaul, new clutch and all new hoses. The mileage in 1996 showed just 32029 when MOT tested. From 1996 to 2015 the Triumph has covered just 500 miles and has only covered local mileage. Whilst on the road and MOT tested, the Triumph has been subject of further re-commissioning on arrival with us. Our workshop have fitted new spark plugs, new points, condenser, HT leads, fan belt, two new tyres, top and bottom radiator hoses, heater hoses, heater valve, heater tap, new brake flexi hoses, brake master cylinder, new front brake pads and discs, new rear brake shoes, rear wheel cylinders, track rod ends, wiper blades and new battery and as result is in strong mechanical order throughout. The low mileage 1296cc engine is strong, responds very well to throttle and sounds superbly pulling through the smooth four speed gearbox. The car is a mechanically sound, very original example that can be now used and driven with confidence.
BET 614L presents well with older, original looking paintwork and certainly has a nice patina. Whilst not a show car, it does represent an honest, well cared for example with solid bodywork and an excellent underside. The interior is largely original, carpets have been replaced during the 1990's but seats, door cards and dashboard are original and in good condition. The engine bay is remarkably original, so is the boot and the car comes with original factory hard top. BET 614L is a lovely, usable MKIV Spitfire that is strong mechanically and presents as a real time warp, never modified or left to ruin. With low ownership, believed low mileage and totally original specification, this Triumph Spitfire represents excellent value and can be driven and enjoyed as it is, or further improved cosmetically over winter months.