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  • Timeline of the Triumph Spitfire

    1971 Triumph Spitfire MkIV

    The Triumph Spitfire is a two-seater British car that was first introduced in 1962. There were five models of the Spitfire sold during the production run. Here is a timeline of the life of the Triumph Spitfire:

    1962- The expensive and small Triumph Spitfire 4 (Mark I) was introduced. The Mark I was a 4-speed manual with a 1.1 L engine. There were 45,5753 of the Mark I model produced.

    1964- Production on the Mark I came to an end.

    1965- Production on the Triumph Spitfire Mark II began. The Mark II was very similar to the Mark I, but it had a more highly tuned engine. There were 37,409 Mark IIs produced in 2 years.

    1967- Production came to an end on the Mark II and began on the Triumph Spitfire Mark III. The Mark III was quite a bit different from the Mark I and II. In addition to variations in the body style, it also boasted a larger engine (1.3L). 65,320 Mark III models were made.

    1970- The Triumph Spitfire Mark IV was introduced and production ceased on the Mark III. The Mark IV brought the most comprehensive redesign to the Spitfire, with changes to the front and the rear of the car. The base price of the Mark IV was £735 ($975.12). There were 70,021 Mark IV models produced.

    1974- Production came to an end on the Mark IV and began on the Triumph Spitfire 1500. The 1500 had a larger engine (1.5L) than the previous models of the Spitfire. It was also the heaviest of the Spitfire models, weighing in at 1,750 lbs.

    1981- Production came to an end on the 1500, ending all production of the Triumph Spitfire.

    We proudly carry over 500 parts for the Triumph Spitfire, which you can purchase right here on our website or by calling us at 503-864-2001!

  • British Car Production Continues Upward Trend

    A recent report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that UK car production levels are higher than they have been for eight years. For British car owners, the report simply confirms what they already knew: that British cars provide the performance, looks and durability that make them classics.

    ZZ42A16462.jpgHere are British car top picks, according to a recent Whatcar? article. Despite BMW ownership, Mini remains a thoroughly British brand and all of its models – bar the Countryman – are assembled in Oxford. None of these sums up the appeal of the Mini brand as well as the Mini Coupe, which is fun to drive.

    Jaguar Land produces 10 models in the UK, at factories in Birmingham, Coventry and Liverpool. The Jaguar XF remains a favorite executive choice, thanks to its excellent ride and handling and generous standard equipment. Due a series of updates, the Jaguar XK remains one of the preferred big coupes – there's much more to it than just looks.

    Thumbs up are given to the Land Rover Discovery, which is an outstanding family car that mixes executive saloon refinement with MPV practicality and 4x4 ruggedness.

    Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls Royce are no longer British-owned manufacturers, but they produce hugely desirable models that blend cutting-edge technology with old-school British charm.

    The Vantage coupe is a pick of the Aston Martin model range, all of which are built in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The Aston Martin Vantage is a credible Porsche 911 rival, with all the style and performance you'd expect.

    Bentley is now part of the VW Group empire, but its cars are built using traditional methods in its Crewe factory. For us, the Continental GT sums up what a modern Bentley should be.

    For lovers of classic cars, it is all well and good to know what new production lines are yielding, but most argue nothing rivals the cars of the past. Keeping a classic is perfect show, racing or driving form requires maintenance and upkeep, and that is where we come in. We stock what we sell, and we are in business to keep the love of your life—the one with four wheels, that is—on the road and looking lovely! For a limited time, we are offering free shipping on all orders over $750. Contact us and let us see how we can make you a satisfied customer.

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