Friday, November 16, 2012

Triumph Spitfire 1500-1978


Triumph Spitfire 1500-1978





In 1890, the English company "Triumph Cycle Company" moved to Coventry to build bicycles and it was not until 1902 that it will begin to build motorcycles that experienced increasing success and gave the brand its international reputation . It was not until 1923 to see the first car show of the firm. At London show in 1927, " Triumph "will present the" Super 7 "the first model that the firm will mark his first real commercial success. From the 30s, " Triumph "will start to develop some models tend sportier but while pursuing more luxurious models. After the war, from 1950's " Triumph "will make a return to sports cars that had been forgotten in 1939 with the new series" TR "will become legendary and declined in several versions (TR2, TR3, TR4, TR5 etc ....) ....


The Triumph Spitfire 1500 is the fifth and final version of the Spitfire. It was in 1958 that the history of the Triumph Spitfire, with the emergence of the idea of ??a sportier version of the Herald, then under development. The goal is to create a small sports car cheap, located a level below that range roadster TR, then represented by TR3. In 1960, the rival company "British Motor Corporation" begins to produce Austin-Healey Sprite, which corresponds precisely to the specifications and to realize the project, the chief engineer of Triumph, Harry Webster, contacts Giovanni Michelotti, Carossier already author of the Herald. The goal is to maximize the use of elements, in order to limit costs. A Herald chassis is sent to Italy, and the prototype is returned to the UK in October. However, Standard, Triumph owner, is in crisis, so the project being shelved. It will be relaunched following the acquisition of Standard-Triumph by Leyland Motors, and formally approved by the Executive Committee in July 1961. The Triumph Spitfire is presented to the public at the motor show in Earls Court in October 1962, where it received an enthusiastic welcome ....


Occurred between December 1974 and August 1980, the Triumph spitfire 1500 owes part of its existence to the new U.S. safety standards. Indeed, the United States had taken measures to prevent the emission of harmful gases, but the only way known at the time that the engines are not too pollutants was lower rate of compression. Bad luck, to do this, performance vehicles suffered the consequences. This problem does not apply to Europe, there have been two versions of the final Spitfire 1500. Version 1.5 for the continental Europe and a stripped down version for the United States. Suffice to say that the American model is to be avoided for its performance, however, do not worry, there are few American models imported into France. If the shape of the Triumph spitfire 1500 approaches fiercely than the MK4, it should be noted, however, some small differences with the first presence of head restraints as standard, a statement "Spitfire 1500" often present before the the hood, retractable seat belts, and finally a fabric seats in a "chicken foot" ....


Although slightly more expensive than its rival, the Austin-Healey Sprite (then MG Midget), the Triumph spitfire 1500 will see better sales than it throughout his career. Remained without succession after the cessation of production in August 1980, the Spitfire was replaced by the GTI, which accounted for the success of this decade in the category of small sport. We will have to wait many years before finding a worthy descendants of the Spitfire, the first of which is part of the Mazda MX-5, which is inspired. The Triumph Spitfire is a British two-seater roadster and 4-cylinder engine in line with a body designed by Giovanni Michelotti. Intended to be a sports car cheap, it is based on the Triumph Herald, a small sedan. The Triumph GT6, a coupe 6-cylinder engine, is derived. During these 18 years of production, different versions of the Spitfire cars will remain essentially the same, knowing only of technical and aesthetic limited while keeping the same structure. At the same time, the roadster category more upscale brand will succeed entirely different four models, the Triumph TR4, TR5, TR6 TR7 then in addition to the lovely and very surprising Triumph spitfire 1500 ....


Regarding the engine of the Triumph spitfire 1500 , the engine used is therefore as its name indicates a 1500 cm3 4 cylinders in line with long-stroke that does not shine by its limited power, with only 63 horses. It does not lightning acceleration, with a very modest 14.3 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h. The speed is still a bit higher than 160 km / h. However, the pleasure of driving a Spitfire lies elsewhere, in the convertible with the wind, in the pleasure of driving a car and low light and lively behavior. In the end, more than 310,000 Triumph spitfire 1500 which were produced in Canley plant, which makes today a very sought Vintage Classic model especially in its European version by collectors ....


Specifications:
  • Engine: 4 cylinders inline

  • Capacity: 1500 cm3

  • Power: 63 hp at 5500 rev / min

  • Speed: 160 km / h

  • Performance: 0-100 km / h in 14.3 s




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