Flick through our classifieds and there’s usually at least one Spitfire that falls well within our £5k budget (turn to p62), although chances are it’ll be one of the later 1500 models for this sort of money.
We love the Spitfire. It offers the sort of agility that its aviation namesake would be proud of, and even with the later cosmetic frippery – demanded by US safety legislation – the Giovanni Michelotti-penned shape looks utterly wonderful.
Slot yourself behind the tiny three-spoke wheel and it’s addictive to drive too; lively and alert through the bends, and endowed with just the right amount of oomph from its fizzy four-pot engine. It shares plenty with the MG Midget 1500 – another of our reccommendations – but I’d take the Triumph any day.
It’s also got Herald-based underpinnings that are easy to look after, parts can be easily sourced from a legion of specialists and there’s a wealth of experts in the Triumph club world who can guide you if anything does go wrong.
ENGINE 1493cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 71bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 82lb ft@3000rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 99mph 0-60MPH 11.8sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 26-33mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, four-speed manual Later Spitfire rear styling was clearly influenced by its bigger Stag brother. It looks great! SPECIFICATIONS