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1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres

Summary:

Great handeling and easy to work on convertible

Faults:

Put a rod through the top of the head at around 30000 miles.

U-joints right around the same time.

I had a big learning curve trying to figure out the SU carburator.

Smog hoses everywhere on the engine were dry rotted and leaking.

General Comments:

I acquired this car when I was 15 years old. Worked on it for a year before I was able to get my license.

Started to autocross the car and realized how well it really handles the twisties and tight tracks.

Seating is comfortable for me at 5'11".

Engine noise is loud in the cockpit. Makes the radio pretty worthless.

Leaf spring/suspension started to sag shortly after I started auto crossing it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2004

1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

Cheapest open top driving fun

Faults:

Head gasket blew and melted number 4 piston.

However, this was fixed (at home) in a day for £50 due to the easy access to the engine.

General Comments:

Passed it's MOT easily, emissions with flying colours.

I bought it to learn about cars on - there's no job I wouldn't handle now - it's so easy to work on.

Basic car is good fun and cheap. There are lots of bolt-on mods available that can make the car into a real sports car.

Rear suspension problems are easily fixed for little cost and make the car handle like it's on rails.

The car is reliable enough to use every day - I will get another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2002

25th May 2002, 18:43

I have a 1976 Spitfire that I have owned since 1979. Great fun to drive. It has been very good to me. never winter driven, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada.

15th Aug 2002, 08:04

Hi, it's nice to have a spot to comment. I bough a 77 Spitfire in May of 2002. In June we drove it from Hamilton Ontario to Myrtle Beach SC. About 3000 miles round trip, and the only trouble we had was the headlight switch broke.

Love this car, and looking for another.

1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 TC 1.5 from Netherlands

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

Summary:

A boyhood dream come true

Faults:

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

1976 Triumph Spitfire 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance66500 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro MG

Summary:

The best fun for under 2000ukp

Faults:

The car has had no problems thanks to a full restoration which has included a new chassis and bonnet and was finished in Inca yellow.

General Comments:

The car is the best car for under a grand I have ever seen even if it needed some work.

The handling is one of the best and lots of fun in the wet.

The low ride and general hight are deceptive and in truth the car can take a person of up to 6ft 3.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2001

1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 1500 from North America

Year of manufacture1976
Engine and transmission 1500
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10

Faults:

Emissions equipment. Difficult to find new and used are expensive - yet required for state smog tests.

General Comments:

Fun car for cheap open top driving pleasure. Excellent engine bay access makes it an ideal enthusiast home mechanics car. Everything is right there in front of you. Interior looks nice but is a bit cramped for some. Most parts easily obtained.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th July, 1999

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 7 reviews