BUT I CAN AFFORD A TRIUMPH SPITFIRE 1500
CHRIS HOPE I can’t afford a 1960s Corvette because they now regularly command six-figure sums. But in what world can the humble seperate chassis Triumph be considered an equivalent?
In terms of outright power, the 1493cc Triumph Spitfire couldn’t hope to compare to the Sting Ray and its ever-expanding range of V8s (the smallest of which is 5363cc). But on a B-road where engine displacement figures aren’t as important, I’d argue the more affordable Canley roadster is just as much fun to drive, with its swing-spring rear end offering decent handling and its four-pot engine providing decent mid-range punch. The Spitfire is a looker too, its onepiece front end and sport car ‘hips’ tapering into a Kamm tail all scream traditional British sports car.
Some might prefer the more expensive GT6, but the four-pot sunseeking soft-top gets my vote.