Mike's Triumph Spitfire:
Thirty Seven Years of Fun!

Previous Triumphs that I have owned:

Some Triumphs have come and gone over the years. Some ideas and desires that I had in the past didn't work out the way I planned and some cars that I sold later I regret selling.

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Triumph 2000 I bought a 1966 Triumph 2000 as a family British car after my son was born. We had a few club outings with it but it became more difficult to repair and maintain after our daughter was born. Then my wife had an accident that injured her right leg. Driving this Triumph sedan requires a strong leg, so my idea driving to a local show with her driving the 2000 as I drove a Spitfire was a busted idea. Got the car running again and drove it occasionally. I wanted to do more but realized it needs more restoration that I have time/skills/money. I tried to sell for a few years and finally found a man who was looking for a Triumph of this model.
1965 Spitfire Mk2 This 1965 Triumph Spitfire Mk2 was advertised for sale with my club's website for over a year. I inquired about it and got interested in the 60's Spitfire because of their history. Again, I found out later that my skills at restoring 1960's technology British cars is not too good. Add to that the fact that this earlier Spitfire uses a "positive earth" electrical system. I sold it to a Triumph enthusiast in Tallahassee.
1975 Spitfire 1500 This 1975 Triumph Spitfire 1500 is the one that I regret selling. I bought it as a future gift for my niece as a way to encourage her to get good grades in high school because her freshman year was bad. She did better but didn't get her overall GPA above the agreed level. So I advertised it on the Spitfire Enthusiast email list (Yahoo Groups) and got a buyer in Omaha who flew here and drove it home.
a 1966 Triumph GT6+ I had wanted a GT6 since I learned about them and because of their close relation to the Spitfire. So I thought that I could learn about bodywork and fix it up. But I got some medical problems and then had less time and energy to complete the project after it was started. So I sold it to a guy in Texas who repaired it enough to get it running and drove it to work. But one day he was involved in an accident, not his fault, that totaled this GT6.
1974 Spitfire This 1974 Spitfire was VERY rusted and fargone to restore. I had thought maybe but was told by experienced car club members that it would take a lot more than it would be worth. So I used it as a parts car until there was nothing left and brought the empty rusted shell to the junkyard.

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Date last updated: 7 September 2018