Disputed Data: 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 – Sold!

Jan 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

1979 turned out to be the second last year of production for the Triumph Spitfire and by this time the cars were easily identifiable by their monstrous black bumpers.  However, the example currently posted on Craigslist in New Canaan, Connecticut for $6,650 has us thinking this may be a ’76 model for two reasons will get to shortly.  Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the current caretaker has his Spitfire priced $450 more than the #3 “Good” estimate of $6,200.  

This Spitfire has us confused for two reasons. Our first impression upon seeing the chrome bumpers were the owner swapped out the original hideous black urethane units for these prettier and lighter pieces.  Then upon inspection of the trim tag picture, the emissions label indicates this example is a non-catalyst model that meets 1976 EPA regulations.  That doesn’t make sense to us, so if you can shed some light on why that label would be appropriate, please comment below.  These two items leave us wondering whether this car is actually a 1976 with an incorrectly listed model year.  That’s a story you’ll need the seller to address.  Otherwise, the pictures provided leans towards a nicely kept example in a great color combination that ready to be enjoyed the moment the weather turns more favorable.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1979 Triumph Spitfire – $6,650
No rust, always garaged. Great car to modify or enjoy as is! Over $4,500 in recent maintenance:
New battery, clutch cylinder, manifold gasket, brake shoes, alternator, starter, oil pan gasket (all repair receipts available).
Beautiful Burgundy color. Aftermarket radio w/cd and speakers and aux input. Electric fuel pump. Ready to enjoy now. The convertible top is fine for now but you’ll eventually want a new top and seat upholstery.
If you’re seeing this ad, the car is still for sale. If I sell this car, I will remove this posting immediately. Give or take a few minutes. Don’t contact me and ask if the car is still for sale as I won’t respond.

Do you think this Triumph is a ’76 or ’79?  Comment below and let us know!


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