Registry: 1970 Triumph Spitfire MkIII

Rik S's 1970 Triumph Spitfire MkIII – “Red Hot Chili Pepper”
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“Red Hot Chili Pepper”
1/2018 This has been quite the project- Its is now driveable and the acceleration is breath-taking- 1st gear only results in tire smoke and lifting a front wheel! I bought it as a stripped down (light weight) little race car with no top, no side windows, heater or windshield washers etc. The P.O. had the car assembled just enough to barely make it around the block, but all the paint and bodywork was done and the parts were there.

Since then I have recently rebuilt the top end the 1961 Buick High Compression 4 bbl all aluminum Buick V8 (with assistance of Mark at D&D (HIGHLY RECOMMEND for anything Buick V8) the early H.O. It now has a valve job, shaved heads with composite gaskets, mild porting, A new Crower Cam with just the right over-lap re: "rumble"with the re-worked Elderbrock 500 cfm. I purchased the car with leaking head gasket "undisclosed to myself of course" After the valve job, I replaced the Radiator with a Champion double row unit rated to 325 horsepower and dual electric fans and I am quite pleased with the results. The car is now titled and registered in California.

I just replaced the old clutch disc, cover and pilot bearing which is mated to a Saginaw 4 speed transmission with Hurst Shifter linkage. The Spitfire is currently running massive steel 13x10 rims on BF Goodrich 50 series tires. The entire front end was rebuilt using uprated front springs, KYB gas shocks, all new Poly-Bushings. Many Thanks to this forum with for all the vital info sorting this little beast out! After several rebuilds and jetting experiments the Elderbrock 4 bbl carb is running very well.

The stock rear end is still in place and working. Ive replaced the rear shocks with corvette air adjustable shocks. It is nice to be able to vary the rear ride height. Now the car is in the finishing stages. Next is carpet, All the necessary electrical is working lights, blinkers, horn, ignition, electric fans etc.

Due to the 50 series 13" tires and the 4:11 rear end gears (probably a 4:56 or higher ratio) the top speed is under 100 mph. However, the car can be launched in 4th and get to 5500 r.p.m. before your passenger has run out of swear words. This thing moves like nothing else I've owned inc several Porsches, Bimmers and a couple AMG's. The experience when you floor it, is RIGHT NOW- in your face!... loud, tire smoking fun-EVERYONE from kids to retirees will have a million questions, like what kind of car is that? How fast? It draws a crowd pretty quickly. I have spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours on it. It lives in the garage while my wifes 2018 Camry and my 07 Mercedes stay outside. Business is taking more of my time as well as keeping up with the demands of a twin 454 powered Wellcraft Boat, so I am reluctantly putting the "redhead" up for sale. It is offered at $12,500 OBO to the right home. I will not sell it to a teenager. It is not a good first car either. It needs someone with some racing or hot rod experience. I can be contacted at No checks, no shipping, no games. The car is located in San Diego Calif

Thank you for your interest,


Vehicle Information

Owner: Rik S   [Capt Morgan]
Location: San Diego, Calif, USA USA
Status: Running

Model Year:1970
Current Colour:red
Engine Type:GM/Buick 215 V-8
Transmission:Muncie 4 speed
Last Updated:2018-02-09 09:34:23


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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-02-09 09:34:23

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Date Owner ID Notes
Apr 4, 2016 Rik S  USA Added to Registry (ID 35391)

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