In November 1970, Triumph introduced the Mark IV Spitfire which was a major revision of the MK3. The bodywork was redesigned by Giovanni Michelotti and among the changes the weld line on the top of the front wings was eliminated along with the chrome finisher strips that covered them. A restyle of the rear end bought the styling in line with its stablemates, the Triumph Stag and the restyled Triumph 2000.
The instrumentation was moved from the centre of the dashboard to being directly in front of the driver. Many features that had previously been optional extras became standard fittings on the MKIV Spitfires. Additionally, the gearbox finally got synchromesh for first gear too.
In December 1974, the MKIV was replaced with the Spitfire 1500, dropping the MKIV designation.
This unique Spitfire was bought by its last owner in September 1994 and used as his daily driver for a few years then subsequently parked in his garage. Whilst his business flourished and being a huge car enthusiast he added many other cars to his stable and the Spitfire remained unused but certainly not forgotten. In 2003, a decision was made to treat the Spitfire to a complete nut and bolt restoration, changing the original white coachwork to Sapphire Blue and various performance upgrades including fitting a Dolomite 1300HC engine with a Kent Fast Road Cam, competition gearbox with overdrive, competition clutch and lightened flywheel. Cooling upgraded, fitting an enlarged GT6 radiator. The suspension renewed including the fitment of Spax adjustable coilovers, brakes improved with braided lines. The interior was completely overhauled including new seat covers, dash top, carpets and door cards, a mohair hood completed the improvements. In total, over £17000 was spent to create this special car with barely 1200 miles being covered since the rebuild.
An extensive history file is supplied with the car and whilst being MOT exempt, we will conduct a new MOT. It is both Tax and ULEZ exempt.