Triumph Spitfire Review from Netherlands

1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 TC 1.5

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carNone None


A boyhood dream come true


Shorted-out light switch, which nearly set the wooden dashboard alight.

Failing brakes, caused by a dealer making a mess of replacing the left hand rear halfshaft and wheel bearing under warranty.

Broken heater flap control arm.

Bolt of the bonnet/hood stay dropped off.

Had to overhaul a leaking clutch slave cylinder.

Nr. 2 plug lead dropped off the plug in a fierce right hand corner.

Front number plate dropped off one day...

General Comments:

The car was neglected when I bought it. This explains most of the mishaps I've had so far.

On the whole, it has been surprisingly reliable.

Great fun to drive, especially with fitted overdrive.

Needs an owner with some technical insight, willing to do his/her own maintenance - there aren't many mechanics left who are prepared to work on these cars and know what they're doing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2001

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review