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Corner Farm, West Knapton, Malton, Yorkshire

YO17 8JB

1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500, One of the very last Spitfires made For Sale

DLG 731X is an incredibly late Triumph Spitfire, built on the 1st August 1980, just a week before the final Spitfire came off the production line and car production ending at Canley. Our Triumph left the factory in Pageant Blue with Black interior and was first registered on the 10th September 1981 over a year after manufacture. The car left the factory with centre arm rest, interior mirror, headrests, heater, dual circuit brakes, laminated windscreen, inertia reel seat belts and map light.
The registration mark DLG 731X was issued in Cheshire and this is a RHD Home Market matching numbers car that still retains its original engine. We know this car well having previously sold it in 2018 to one of our regular customers in Devon who completed just a few hundred faultless miles in the car. This particular former owner has a varied collection of classics and the Spitfire was kept in outstanding condition throughout his ownership. During mid 2020 the Spitfire came back to us from Devon in part exchange and we immediately sold it to a former owner of the car, one of our long term customers. As part of the sale agreement, we re-trimmed the seats fitting new seat foams and re-covering the seats in the correct Houndstooth material. The head rests were also re-trimmed and the Spitfire put through an MOT which is flew through. DLG 731X now returns to us in part exchange from our long term regular customer.

Since 1993 the car has covered little over 8000 miles and a file of MOT certificates show the car has been in consistent use over the past 27 years. The car now records 83200 miles, likely to be genuine since registration in 1981. DLG 731X had one owner from 1993 to 2010 and paperwork confirms the car was subject of a top class body restoration and re-paint in 1995. A stunning re-paint was carried out, and the car also treated to new discs, pads and calipers, copper brake pipes and a new exhaust system including manifold. Invoices from 2010 when the car changed hands after 17 years are all present for parts to include gearbox front and rear oil seals, timing chain, clutch, rocker shaft, cam followers, water pump gasket, core plug set, crankshaft and camshaft sprocket and rear main oil seal. The Spitfire was also treated to new rear shock absorbers, anti-roll bar bushes, differential work and brake overhaul. It's also clear from looking under the bonnet the front suspension and braking system has been fully rebuilt and various ancillaries replaced and detailed to ensure a first class car throughout.

The Spitfire is a lovely older restoration that has had a much more recent front-end under bonnet strip down as per the invoices and details in the file. The car presents in stunning condition with lovely paint, an exceptional straight body, top class, show prepared under bonnet and superbly clean boot area. The interior is stunning with smart carpets, excellent re-upholstered seats, door cards and new looking hood. The engine is superb and performs perfectly, the four speed gearbox changes up and down smoothly with excellent syncromesh and the car will be supplied freshly serviced and with a full 12 months MOT. DLG 731X is a stunning top class Spitfire that is superbly well presented and is ready to enjoy.

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