DaViD siMis­Ter TRI­UMPH SPIT­FIRE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Summer of Classic Love -

En­joy­ing sum­mer is all about zip­ping from bend to bend on a sun-kissed B-road, prefer­ably en-route to a car show or a quiet pint at a coun­try pub. For £5k there’s noth­ing bet­ter suited to the task than a Spit­fire.

Ev­ery­thing about it, from its del­i­cate Mich­e­lot­tipenned pro­por­tions to the ex­citable buzz of its four­pot en­gine screams fun, and that’s be­fore you get into the livewire sen­sa­tions you get when driv­ing it. It darts through the cor­ners and the stubby gear­lever has a short, de­ci­sive throw that en­cour­ages you to have fun with it. It’s also per­fectly sized for mak­ing the most of Bri­tain’s coun­try lanes.

There are plenty of Spit­fires un­der our £5k bud­get, you can by just about ev­ery part imag­in­able off the shelf from spe­cial­ists, and there’s a thriv­ing club scene back­ing them up. At this sort of money it’s more likely to be one of the later 1500 mod­els that ends up on your drive­way but that’s no bad thing – they’re still great fun to drive, and they’re a bit quicker than the ear­lier it­er­a­tions.

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