BUT I CAN AF­FORD A TRIUMPH SPIT­FIRE 1500

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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.

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