Triumph Spitfire Mk1 1962-1965, Mk2 1965-1967, Mk3 1967-1971, Mk4 1970-1974 & 1500 1974-1980


June 28, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 31, 2015
Triumph Spitfire Mk1 (1962-1965)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
92
0-60 mph
17.3
1/4 mile
20.9
BHP
63 @5750rpm
Torque lbft
77 @3500rpm
BHP per ton
88
Engine capacity CC/CU
1147/70
Engine type
Straight 4 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.0:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 8
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Drum
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
145
Width (in)
57
Height (in)
47.5
Kerb Weight (lbs)
1580
Additional Info: The Mk1 ran from 1962-1965. Also known as the Spitfire 4. An overdrive was available from 1964. A hardtop was also made available.

1962 Triumph Spitfire 1965 Triumph Spitfire

 

Triumph Spitfire Mk2 (1965-1967)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
94
0-60 mph
15
1/4 mile
20.4
BHP
67 @6000rpm
Torque lbft
77 @3750rpm
BHP per ton
90
Engine capacity CC/CU
1147/70
Engine type
Straight 4 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.0:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 8
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Drum
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
145
Width (in)
57
Height (in)
47.5
Kerb Weight (lbs)
1630
Additional Info: The Mk2 ran from 1965-1967. A number of improvements to the engine were made and a new interior and exterior trim were added, including new seats, carpets, grille and badging.

 

Triumph Spitfire Mk3 (1967-1971)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
100
0-60 mph
13
1/4 mile
19.3
BHP
75 @6000rpm
Torque lbft
75 @4000rpm
BHP per ton
98
Engine capacity CC/CU
1296/79
Engine type
Straight 4 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.0:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 8
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual (Overdrive)
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Drum
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
147
Width (in)
57
Height (in)
47.5
Kerb Weight (lbs)
1680
Additional Info: The Mk3 Ran from 1967-1971. The Mk3 got new bumpers for safety reasons, larger front brake calipers, a larger steering wheel and a wood dashboard was made available. Also a new improved soft top was made and of course a larger engine. Some Mk3’s were built in 1971 along side the Mk4.

Triumph Spitfire Mk3 Triumph Spitfire Mk3

 

Triumph Spitfire Mk4 (1970-1974)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
94
0-60 mph
15.5
1/4 mile
21
BHP
68 @6000rpm
Torque lbft
73 @3000rpm
BHP per ton
83
Engine capacity CC/CU
1296/79
Engine type
Straight 4 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.0:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 8
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual (Overdrive)
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Drum
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
149.1
Width (in)
58.6
Height (in)
44.3
Kerb Weight (lbs)
1795
Additional Info: The Mk4 ran from 1970-1974. The Mk4 got a new rear end design, front end clean up, flared arches, new bonnet and recessed door handles. The interior now has a full length dash. A heavier car combined with a taller final drive gave a car with much less performance than it’s predecessor. (some controversy over the measureing of the power output seems to exist – 63bhp vs 75bhp). An improved suspension however made for better handling. Production ran a long side the Mk3 for a while.

1973 Triumph Spitfire 1973 Triumph Spitfire
Triumph Spitfire MK4

 

Triumph Spitfire 1500 (1974-1980)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
100
0-60 mph
13.2
1/4 mile
19.1
BHP
71 @5500rpm
Torque lbft
82 @3000rpm
BHP per ton
87
Engine capacity CC/CU
1493/91
Engine type
Straight 4 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Normal
Valve Type/No
Overhead 8
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual (Overdrive)
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Drum
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
149
Width (in)
58
Height (in)
45
Kerb Weight (lbs)
1790
Additional Info: The Spitfire 1500 ran from 1974-1980. The 1493cc engine was we believe actually fitted to US cars in late 1973 and didn’t get fitted to European cars until 1975. The US version was only rated at 57bhp (due to emission regulations) and had a 0-60 time of around 14-15 secs. Many minor changes throughout this models life were carried out.

1975 Triumph Spitfire 1500 1975 Triumph Spitfire 1500
1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500
 

 
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