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Registry: 1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500



Greg Bailey's 1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500 – “The Toy”
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“The Toy”
1974 French Blue Triumph Spitfire 1500. This car underwent a thorough restoration with many high performance modifications. It has the original 1500cc engine and currently comes equipped with Quad Keihin CR racing motorcycle carburetors mounted on custom manifolds. It has a stainless steel header with a Monza Quad exhaust, custom-designed America cross-flow aluminum radiator and Moss Motors high capacity oil cooler. The engine was rebuilt with a modest race cam, bigger valves, ported and polished head and flat top pistons with 10.3:1 compression. Ignition is electronic. The car is equipped with a rebuilt, single rail four-speed transmission and electronic overdrive. The wheels are 14" aluminum MiniLite replicas with 185/65-14 General Altimax radials. Front disc brakes utilize drilled/slotted rotors with braided stainless steel brake lines. Front springs are slightly lowered while KYB shocks and Monroe air-adjustable shocks handle dampening duties. All the suspension components are upgraded with synthetic bushings. The rear end was recently rebuilt by On The Road Classics with new bearings, washers, U-joints, axles and driveshaft. New gas tank, fuel sender and electric fuel pump are installed along with an emergency shut off switch in case of collision.

Exterior refinished in original French Blue with custom painted silver stripes. Interior has been completely dynamatted and sound-proofed including the roof of the hardtop. New carpets, custom floor mats, custom center console includes a cup holder, storage compartment and two 12-volt jacks built in. The dashboard is finished in burled walnut and seat covers, cushions and carpet were installed new. The hardtop is restored with new glass, seals, paint and white headliner. The rebuilt tach is electronic including the speedo. Switches are mounted in-dash for the hidden Hella running lights, windshield washer and trunk lights. Convertible soft top in new, but not currently installed. The trunk has been dynamatted with new fiberboard sections and is illuminated with LED lamps operated by a dash switch. Modern H4 halogen headlights replace the standard sealed beam units.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Greg Bailey   [tightapex]
Location: Gilroy, CA, USA USA
Status: Running


VIN:76543211
Model Year:1974
Original Colour:French Blue
Current Colour:French Blue w/stripes
Odometer:80,000 miles
Engine Type:1.5L 4 Cyl
Transmission:4 speed Overdrive
Last Updated:2017-12-31 11:11:16

 

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Member Comments on Registry: 1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500   ↵
Rated 10 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
2016-10-07 18:00:49 # 37688
Comment by Ricky Boler
Great looking Spitfire, but throw that fuel filter in the trash, it will not filter the trash.
2018-01-01 00:28:34 # 47370
Comment by David Robier
Your Spitfire is gorgeous! My own Spitter is currently being enhanced with the installation of a 2000 Miata engine with a six speed.The horsepower will be approximately doubled to around 150.I too have the Mini-Lite copies with 14" tires. My toy is painted the same "French Blue" as yours but by the time mine was built, they decided "Tahiti Blue" was a more exotic name.My car has been being built for about a year now... I'm going nuts awaiting it's completion.
2018-01-01 00:30:41 # 47372
Comment by David Robier
Your Spitfire is gorgeous! My own Spitter is currently being enhanced with the installation of a 2000 Miata engine with a six speed.The horsepower will be approximately doubled to around 150.I too have the Mini-Lite copies with 14" tires. My toy is painted the same "French Blue" as yours but by the time mine was built, they decided "Tahiti Blue" was a more exotic name.My car has been being built for about a year now... I'm going nuts awaiting it's completion.

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2017-12-31 11:11:16

Changes from 2017-12-31 11:01:51 to previous 2017-05-13 02:38:32
Nickname added   The Toy
Changes from 2016-10-07 17:22:10 to previous 2016-10-07 17:21:48
Mileage 70,000 → 80,000
Changes from 2016-10-07 17:21:48 to previous 2016-10-07 17:17:07
Colour French Blue → French Blue w/stripes
Changes from 2016-08-05 18:44:43 to previous 2016-07-26 16:27:24
Nickname deleted   (was SlickSpit)
Changes from 2016-07-26 16:27:24 to previous 2016-07-26 16:26:43
Nickname Bluey → SlickSpit
Changes from 2016-07-26 16:26:43 to previous 2016-07-16 00:50:47
Vin 38497603 → 76543211

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Jul 16, 2016 Greg Bailey  USA Added to Registry (ID 34651)

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