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  • Timeline of the Austin Healey Sprite

    The Austin Healey is one of the many British cars that we carry hundreds of parts for. Production on the Austin Healey began in 1952 and there were several different models, including the Sprite. Today's blog will feature the Sprite, a compact, open sports car, which was introduced in 1958.

    1958- Production began on the Sprite Mark I, a small car with "bugeye" headlights and a distinctive front style.There were 48,987 Mark Is made in 3 years.

    1961- Production on the Mark I ceased and began on the Mark II. The Mark II had the same size of engine as the Mark I, but offered more power and a drastically different body style. There were 31,665 Mark IIs made in a duration of 3 years.

    1964- The Mark II production came to an end and production began on the Mark III. The Mark III was slightly larger in size compared to the I and II and also boasted a larger engine (1098cc). There were 25,905 Mark IIIs made in 2 years.

    1966- Production on the Mark III ended and began on the Sprite Mark IV. The Mark IV was the longest produced of the Sprites (1965-1971) but had the least amount of models made, at 22,790. It was very similar in body style to the Mark III, but had a much larger engine of 1275cc.

    1971- The Healey connection was discontinued, leaving the last 1,022 models named the Austin Sprite. Production on the Sprite also ceased this year.

    See Also: Timeline of the Jaguar E-Type
    Timeline of the MG MGA
    Timeline of the Triumph Spitfire

  • How To Buy a Triumph Spitfire

    Buying a classic car isn't the same thing as buying a used car from your local dealer. There are many things to consider and for today's blog post, we'll focus on buying a Triumph Spitfire.

    Before we begin, I want to encourage our readers to leave us their comments. Let us know your thoughts on how you found the perfect car, whether it was restored or it needed work.

    1. Hobby or Joy Ride?
      If you are interested in restoring the car yourself, know that you are purchasing a hobby, not a car. It will take a lot of time and commitment to return the car to its original condition. If you are looking for a car that has already been restored by someone else keep in mind that Spitfires will break down, so be prepared for repair costs.
    2. Research
      A great paint job and new shiny seats can hide the rust underneath. So before you start looking at cars, do your research. Know what you are looking for and what model you want. A person that knows a lot about classic cars can easily pitch you a line about the car and unless you are prepared, you might fall for the sales pitch.
    3. Check with Local Clubs
      Find a local classic car club in your area. Make a few phone calls and ask questions. The clubs are formed by people that love cars, so at least a few people will be happy to talk to you about finding the right car and may have a few suggestions where you can find one.
    4. Consult a Professional
      Once you find a great car it's a good idea to let a vehicle appraiser take a look at the car. This might be something to ask about at the local car club. Obviously, if the car needs repair it will be cheaper, but if it has already been restored a few easy checks will give a lot of insight into the car's true condition.
    5. Vehicle History Report
      Used car reports can be performed on classic cars as well, assuming it has been driven in recent history, and it can fill in a lot of holes in understanding that specific car's history.
    6. Car Parts
      After the purchase has been made and you need to find parts for your new Triumph Spitfire, check out BP Northwest for a huge selection of new and used parts. Finding car parts doesn't have to be difficult and BP Northwest makes classic car restoration easy.

    Other aspects of buying a classic car that also apply to purchasing a modern vehicle are:

    • Finding a car with full service records is preferred.
    • Rare means it will be more expensive, including parts.
    • Drive the car before you buy it, but you already knew that.
    • Make sure the VIN matches the number on the car's title.

    Thanks for reading and good luck!

  • History of The Triumph Spitfire

    The Triumph Spitfire production began in 1962 with the Mark 1 and the popularity continued over a decade, ending in 1980. There were over 314 thousand built, but today only a fraction of those remain in working order.

    Triumph Spitfire 4, Mark I

    While the Mark 1 was first introduced in 1962, the car first sold in the US one year later. A top speed of 92mph and 0-60 in 17.3 seconds caused quite a stir in the early 60's for such an inexpensive sports car.

    Triumph Spitfire 4, Mark II

    The Mk2 was introduced in March of 1965 with a slightly more powerful engine, carpet flooring, and a trim topping the exposed metal on the inner door tops.

    Triumph Spitfire, Mark III

    In early 1967 the third edition hit the market with a 1,296cc engine and a new, much improved folding softtop.

    Triumph Spitfire, Mark IV

    1970 saw the introduction of the Mark IV, a very different look from previous models. Along with the changes to the car, the new model also saw the most production with over 70,000 built.

    Triumph Spitfire 1500

    Finally, in 1973 the world was introduced to the 1500 with a 1,493cc engine. By the eighties bad products and bad management led to a troubled company British Leyland. The Triumph brand name is today owned by BMW, along with other famous names like Riley, Wolseley, Morris and Austin.



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