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Spitfire Mk IV - 1500

The last of the Spitfires. Most of the changes happened under the bonnet. The increased engine capacity restored some of the performance lost to environmental restrictions.

The interior remained structurally unchanged from the Spitfire MkIV except for the seats. These gained recliner mechanisms and 'removable' headrests to improve comfort and safety.  Removable is loosely applied... time and weather tend to rust the mechanism leaving them jammed in place.

There were changes in the vinyl grain from smooth to coarse and back to smooth again. The difference is minimal to my mind. The smooth grain is very similar grain to the dash top PVC, while coarse grain looks like 5mm or 3/16" crazy paving.

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GT6 Mk3

The classic later Spitfire look. The front and rear bumpers were lifted up and the grille largely hidden behind the number plate. The rear lights and boot profile changed significantly. 

The interior was completely changed from the Spitfire Mk3. The seats were redesigned

with a new tubular frame, rubber webbing in the backrest and extras padding all over. The mountings remained the same so the seats were often changed by owners. Check out my guide for identifying your seats.

All of the trim panels were changed to fit new doors, hood fixings and rear deck designs. An armrest was added for comfort with kneepads for better crash protection.

GT6 Mk1 & Mk2

The GT6 is a lovely car. As a mechanic and engineer I appreciate the smoothness of a straight 6 engine. As an artist I love the flowing lines of bodywork. As a driver I LOVE the power bulge in the bonnet that catches the most beautiful reflections at night.

The seats in early the early GT6 featured a large 'Boomerang' on the outside. Yvonne tells me these are a pain to retrim.

Any trim here is carried over from my GT6 Mk3 range.

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Spitfire Mk3

The Spitfire Mk3 is a favourite of many. 

The front bumper was split by the over-riders giving it a 'clenched teeth' look. A prominent radiator grille and Spitfire spelled out in individual letters were very noticeable. Around the back, the boot lid curved down to the rear bumper and the lights were individual lenses.

The interior was vinyl with a lot of welded styling seams. The seats were a fixed 'bucket' design with the backrest being a solid sheet steel. 

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Early Spitfires

The first Triumph Spitfire 4 was the first model produced. It was designed and manufactured at a time of austerity in Britain and financial pressures for Triumph. 

Compared with modern cars the lack of sophistication is almost quaint. I almost bought one once and was tickled to see how you needed to assemble the strust for the soft top each time it rained.

The interior is equally spartan and I don't produce any trim for the Spitfire 4 or Mk2.

The photo is a 1963 Spitfire by Rex Gray and is probably a much better car than rolled off the production line!

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