1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 4-speed manual - Collector Car Canada
1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 4-speed manual
1978 Triumph Spitfire



1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 4-speed manual



This 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 4-speed manual has undergone a complete restoration, completed five years ago and driven sparingly since, to make it a presentable example of the fifth generation British sports car.  It was treated to new paint in the original blue, new convertible soft top, new seats, new tonneau cover and new carpets.


Mechanically, it was modernized with the installation of a new electric fuel pump.  The seller will include documentation related to the restoration to its new owner on delivery.  These fifth-generation Spitfires used the body shell of the Mk IV models, fitted with the upgraded 1500 engine – much more usable in traffic thanks to its increased torque.


1978 Triumph Spitfire

CCC Vital Info – 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 4-speed manual

Lot – 049
Seller – primitive (Private)
Seller location – Colborne, On K0K
Chassis –  FM73069
Odometer – 19,000 km shown (TMU)
Engine Info – 1493 cc inline 4-cylinder
Transmission Info – 4-speed manual
Exterior Colour – Blue
Interior Colour –  Black
Other features – Recent restoration, New paint, New top, New seats, New interior, Recent tires Tonneau cover, Luggage rack, Owner’s manual, Shop manual
Category – British
Hagerty #2 – $19,500; Hagerty #3 – $9,700
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While a respray, the new blue paint is the original colour and is reflective of the car’s period.  Four-bolt original style steel wheels are accented by chrome trim rings and shod in Motomaster tires sized P175/80R13.  Seller reports that the tires were recently installed and have travelled approximately 500 kilometres since.  Chrome bumpers – last year for these was ‘78, chrome functional trunk rack and chrome exhaust pipe make up the brightwork and provide effective contrast to the shiny blue paint.  Exterior mirrors, fuel cap and door handles are also finished in chrome.  Bumperettes also harken back to the period and a couple of Union Jack decals proudly speak to the car’s origin.  A further update to the exterior is the new top with vinyl windows offering good outward visibility.  Seller notes that there is a paint blemish by the back window.

1978 Triumph Spitfire


On the inside, the seats are new and feature grey upholstery with black vinyl bolsters – another period-correct touch.  The Triumph-branded three-spoke steering wheel, manual shifter and wood dash add to the pure British sports car experience.  Also new on the inside are the carpets so this cockpit is well-presented from seats to dashboard and door cards.  A Kenwood AM/FM/CD can provide audio when the driver wants to supplement the sound of the engine and air flow from the open top.  Gauges include a 200 km/h speedometer, a 7500 RPM tachometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge.  There is an SCCA – Sports Club of America – National Champion plaque to recognize Triumph’s racing past; 1965, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’71, ’72 and ’73 are referenced and a quick web search can provide detail.  A nice bonus is that a tonneau cover is included with the sale, which covers the cabin without having to put the top up.

1978 Triumph Spitfire

As implied by the 1500 moniker in the model name, under the hood is found a 1.5 litre engine – 1493 cc’s to be precise – which is an inline-four, carbureted and runs on lower octane fuel.  With a curb weight of 1,750 lbs. and mated to a 4-speed manual sending 71 horsepower to the rear wheels, the set-up gives the car some get-up-and-go.  The fuel pump has been upgraded to electric, with other recent mechanical work including new air intake, new fuel lines, and a recent oil change – beyond the restoration completed five years back.  Spares on hand that will be included in the sale include a carburetor, steering wheel, exhaust manifold and fuses.  Some of the restorer’s working papers are included in the gallery to reflect the pedigree of work and care taken on the project.  Seller mentions that he has approximately $15,000 of receipts on hand relating to work on this Triumph and will hand these over to the new owner.

1978 Triumph Spitfire

This 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 4-speed manual comes with an Owner’s Manual and Shop Repair Book.  It is available with restoration documentation and work orders from an extensive collection in Colborne, Ontario. 

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1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 4-speed manual

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Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
x88gt May 18, 2022 3:14 pm $5,500
jeffh100 May 18, 2022 2:57 pm $5,150
x88gt May 16, 2022 7:26 pm $4,900
jeffh100 May 16, 2022 6:16 pm $4,760
x88gt May 16, 2022 6:01 pm $4,500
jeffh100 May 15, 2022 7:07 pm $4,100
x88gt May 15, 2022 5:37 pm $3,750
jeffh100 May 14, 2022 11:00 am $3,550
vintageracer May 14, 2022 10:59 am $3,200
jeffh100 May 14, 2022 4:24 am $3,000
x88gt May 13, 2022 9:36 pm $2,500
jeffh100 May 13, 2022 5:13 pm $2,001
vintageracer May 12, 2022 8:50 am $1,200
x88gt May 11, 2022 9:57 pm $500
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All repairs has been documented and over $15000 of receipts will included in the sale

I’m pretty sure it won’t need anything for safety
it has not been driven much brakes and shocks are all on very good condition
zero rust present on the frame clutch is solid and no play on the steering

Hello, I know the car has been driven sparingly but do you think it needs anything to get safetied? What condition are the shocks in and how much life would you say the brakes have left? What about the steering, is it a bit sloppy or not so bad? Chassis rust? Does the clutch slip at all? Thanks.

Thanks for looking please feel free to ask any questions you might have. I will be happy to answer