Any color as long as it’s grape

The seventies saw some garish color schemes in cars; none more so than witnessed in this Triumph Spitfire… However its speedy profile can be seen even with the open hood; a hood that flips up with the fenders giving great access to the engine area.



The fairly simple 4 speed 1.3l shown here with an immaculate example was fed with a pair of carburettors. With about 75 bhp on tap and the light frame these were nippy cars.


Teal: great color choice! And of course wire wheels were an obvious option.


Of course being a British car a well tool’d kit is required for those side-of-the-road fixes that you’d no doubt have at some point or another.


This is the trunk of an early TR3. The sharp end? Well another fine example of clean engine restoration and care. Ten out of ten. Gorgeous!


A pure white mark II has a cracking line to it too. Goggles, gloves and silk scarf de rigeur for the pilot here!


Currently my favorite Triumph car is the TR6. A bit more muscle with the 2.5l inline 6 and 150 ponies in the fuel injected home model (the US got 104bhp with a detuned carbureted engine.) And, the cockpit view ain’t that bad either. Well I probably won’t be able to afford a Porsche neunelfer but a nice clean TR6 with a few mods would suit me nicely thank you very much!



3 Comments to “Any color as long as it’s grape”

  1. DL,
    This has been a very good run of photo’s which I have enjoyed. I’ve been going to comment all week, but waited ’til today to have a say. My mother had a Mini Cooper 998 in the 70’s. My younger brother was to share it with her and he persuaded her a Cooper was ESSENTIAL. Hmmmm
    The car was my very favourite colour mix of Almond Green and OE White for the roof. And it was a good’un, I drove it odd times but felt that I was too big for the seat/pedals arrangement. I one time got a savage cramp attack in the right calf, whilst on a roundabout on the M6, and very nearly lost the lot attempting to avoid a very large motorway sign.!!
    But I accompanied the Club Sec of our local Solway MCRC in a green and white 1198 Cooper on a 000 jaunts over a zillion miles throughout the late 60’s. AND, he was disabled and drove the car on hand controls.. When the wheelchair came out, I was his legs. As an ex bike racer he was VERY quick in it.. he used it as his daily driver and as a rally entry in both local and national rallies.. and disabled or not.. he was always in the prizes.. Jackie Horseman.. hero.!
    From Aberdeen down to Brands Hatch/Oulton/ Cadwell.. then the stuff of life, and I would NOT change a day.. how would you like to be 18 yo and taken by Ralph Bryans to watch the Honda mechanics work on a bike in the evening at Oulton Park. Just be quiet, stand at the back.. and WATCH. Jackie knew everybody and people were always kind if you were that age.. and genuinely interested.
    For myself, in the early 70’s I bought a first MGB roadster, a red one.. my dad went spare.. and then 2 local guys were killed in a horrific accident playing silly-buggers on a ex-RAF airfield. They had 5 in a ‘B’ roadster, 2 seated and 3 on the rear bulkhead and the driver rolled it. The results were dreadful and thereafter the airfield was closed to “joyriders”..all very sad tho’
    Father was very stern and the open car had to go. And it did, but was promptly followed by a BGT and a very nice one.. Teal Blue and a warmed over engine, so quick enough. But a good 1.6 Capri would give it a run for it’s money and a 2.0L Capri.. no chance.
    So, by this time MGB V8’s were around and due to the fuel crisis had become cheap.. so being the hero, I bought one and it was a revelation. Wonderful [ I still hadn’t married at that point..]
    However, it knocked out two clutches within a year.. just sat at the railway station traffic lights and pull away, both times, same place. The torque was way too much for the B gearbox and overpowered it. Bang.. and bang went my wallet.. the second time was one too many. So the Damask Red BV8 had to go too.. modern [?] 5 speed box conversions sorted that tho’
    it was also thirsty but no worse than most contemporary cars.. 20ish/gallon. Certainly no worse than a TR6.. which was nowhere near as good. I drove several back in the day.. a lady at work had a TR6 and I often ran around in it, doing errands, I did like them, but never wanted to own one. The fuel Injection on early cars was a nightmare and most were converted to twin carbs early on, so lost the 150 bhp.. usually 125 ish and my memory say reliabililty wasn’t the best.
    Mostly, there wasn’t the leg-room in anything other than a B.. and for you and I that is fundamental.. you would find comfort in a B..
    I would say to you without question, below the level of Jag’s etc.. the BV8 would murder everything that it came across, and give early 911’s a fair run for their money without the daft handling antics.
    They weren’t sold in the US, but there are numerous converted B’s there and there is a web-site in the US.. given the cost of gas in the US, I would own one if I were there..that would be my classic of choice, in fact if you could find a RV8 the job’s done for you, tho’ I do prefer a coupe’…the thought of Almond Green and OE white roof has just occurred to me.
    Great series. Thank you
    If you are still getting BikeEXIF.. I’ve just put a long treatise/rant on about the new RE Continental GT.. disappointed doesn’t even begin to come into it.. I’ve waited for years for someone to give us a modern Velo’ Thruxton. It looks just lovely..
    And then 29 bhp..!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh Gawd..

    • Bill, thanks for that “from the horses mouth” piece. I’ll have to spend more time in response later, but the British car show was lovely, I wish they had a track so you could hear them though, that’s half of the pleasure. That D type though…

      • How kind.. have a great week-end.
        I was going to drive down to Southport [Lancs, near Blackpool] for their airshow over this week-end. But, it’s raining here and apparently pouring there too. Life’s too often a bugger, don’t you think.
        Maybe I’ll just stay put and catch up with some jobs.

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