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In appreciation of the Spitfire

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Kandahar, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Like the austin healey sprite (Mk2 - Innocenti) , the Spitfire was based on Italian design - and both cars wonderful to drive, as well as upkeep, on a budget.

    I particularly like this 1966 advert aimed at the female driver, especially the reference to the kitchen stove, which I suspect might be frowned upon today.
  2. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I shared a house with a Triumph Spitfire during my early teaching days. Well, sundry bits of a Triumph Spitfire that one of my fellow tenants was in the process of tinkering with. I recall the offside wing made a good foot rest when sprawled out on the settee watching the telly. When he wasn't in the house, of course.
  3. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    That is the beauty of older cars - that they disassembled easily, and if in need of spare parts, a visit to any nearby scrap yard would usually prove fruitful. Recycling in action - unlike cars today.

    Do you recall the colour? I still have one in Wedgwood blue.
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  4. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    They looked ok, but they were not wonderful to drive at all (live rear axle a la horse and cart, leaf springs) leaky diffs that whine, poor underpowered engines of overhead valve type when an Alfa Spider had their wonderful all alloy twin cam unit, dodgy steering, dodgy brakes. Good job they were grossly underpowered or more people would have killed themselves. Chassis was from a Triumph Herald. Still immensly likeable and fettleable though. ;)
  5. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I remember a lot of them were rust buckets. A common thing with cars of that era.
  6. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    You certainly need your wits about you, which so many drivers these days do not have - believing there cars capable of self-driving and being invincible.
    All part of their beauty Mr York. Give me the choice of a rusting British classic and an ugly Japanese clone with LEDs and I'll take the former every time.
  7. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    I've had 2 Spitfires, loved them, both the old L registration. No photo as I only have them as prints, but my 2nd one looked like this.

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  8. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I'm with you all the way there. Cars of that era were all very distinctive. You could instantly tell which make and model a car was. These days they are all virtually identical.
  9. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    I loved the Spitfire and the Herald (not so keen on the Stag) - there wasn't a part of the engine or gearbox you couldn't get to.

    Yours looks like a Mk4 @lapinrose - I preferred the Mk3.
  10. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Our foot rest was red. Its owner was true blue, sadly.
  11. Owennnn

    Owennnn Occasional commenter

    Really thought this thread was about the WW2 fighter!

    Must admit, by grandfather did always talk favourably about his spitfire though!
  12. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    Yes, both Spits were Mk 4. Used to love driving topless, especially in the summer, but got this little beauty now.

  13. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Had a Herald and a Mk2 Vitesse, same chassis but very different to drive. Loved the overdrive.
  14. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    That is most liberal of you Miss Lapinrose. I suspect you caused quite a stir!
  15. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    “Based on” meaning cheap crud with lots of compromises to conform with British Leyland standards:cool:

    The most reliable and enjoyable Spitfires were made by another company

  16. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

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  17. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Not so until 1968. Perhaps you mean the BMC.
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  18. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Yes indeed you could - and that was also the fun when driving in foreign countries - taking in all the unusual makes and models, as well as the different number plate designs.
  19. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    I had a 1966 ragtop MKII on a D plate. Thankfully, I didn't live far from TRGB spitfire specialists in Somersham. I went out to get a new exhaust system with twin tailpipes (Wow!). On the way the original exhaust mid section broke in two so I pulled over and got a tree branch out of a ditch, skinned it and fed it along the inside of mid section to hold it together and carried on.

    Being quite tall, it was a squeeze driving the car but one of my happiest memories is driving back from Cambridge via Fen Ditton to Waterbeach on a summer evening. Low down on the road with a canopy of trees in full leaf. It was wonderful.

    I sold it in 2001 for £500.00

    The car is still going and has changed colour from racing green to grey.
  20. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    Loads of parts are interchangeable from the Herald or Vitesse. I always liked the GT6. The Vitesse had the straight six engine but my lowly Spitfire was only a 1149 cc straight four and not too fast off the mark.

    Back in the good old days when I ran a Volvo 240 estate, a frog-eyed Sierra and the Spitfire alternating their use until the passion for drink skint me and I had no money for fuel for any of them. I'd stand at the window of the mobile home staring at the three cars listening to this.


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