1981 Triumph Spitfire Review

1981 Triumph Spitfire 1500 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1981
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

An old car now -much restoration work done. Engine now 89K, original and in fine fettle - 1500 Spitfire engines are better than reputation suggests (change that oil every 3K).

General Comments:

The cheapest way to have roof off fun. Great car.

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

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

8th Jan 2009, 22:08

Triumph indeed produced a 1981 model year Spitfire. While the factory ceased production in August, 1980, 1981 models were produced and badged accordingly. The vast majority of Spitfire's as well most MG's & Triumphs produced, were exported to the US market. Over half of all Spitfire imported were sold in California. When Triumph realized the Spitfire could not meet the California Air Resource Bureau's (CARB) 1982 emission requirements without significant modifications, they decided to pull the plug on Spitfire production. In fact, production of all remaining Triumphs, (TR7& & TR8) ceased in November 1981. A few 1982 model year TR7's & TR'8's were built & exported for the Canadian market, but the US only received 1981 models as final production.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review