Introducing “Mrs. Peel” – a 1976 Triumph Spitfire with a 1993 Mazda Miata 1.8L engine and 5spd.
Unlike similar transplants, this looks factory – no weird bulges or openings in the hood and the shifter is in the normal position. Professional British car mechanic notched (and reinforced) the firewall to move the engine back a few inches for hood clearance and relocated frame members to accommodate oil pan. The whole job cost more than $10K in labor (not including engine source vehicle and related parts) and the almost-finished project has less than 2K miles on it.
Selling because I’ve recently moved to California and it's basically impossible to get a car like this registered here.
She fires right up and drives like a champ, but needs paint and a little bit of bodywork. Interior could use some work, and there are some minor fixes needed, none of which affect drive-ability. No accidents during my 16 years of ownership; no evidence of previous damage (only major rust area pictured).
Features include a stock Miata radiator w/ twin fans, additional Smiths oil/volt gauges (from a TR6), custom koa wood dash, lowered suspension, Panasport wheels, new Plus-1 tires, Pacesetter exhaust, hard and all soft tops.
Hawaii plates good thru end of September.
|“Very good mechanical condition and fully drive-able. Motor fires right and runs cool. Only time needle goes beyond halfway point is when I'm stuck at the light in 110+ Palm Springs-area summer heat, at which point temp only goes slightly past the middle until I get going again.Shifter linkage feels just like a Miata -- smooth and positive thanks to Miata master cylinder mated to stock system.All instruments are hooked up and work reliably except for tachometer. Plenty of engine clearance under the hood.Body is very solid except for two small areas of rust-through on the passenger-side rocker panel, and a partially repaired area in the front of the hood (shop damage). Some surface rust on both floor pans, both of which remain solid.Interior could use some clean-up if you're buying as a driver, but would look showroom with a full interior kit. Soft top/frame is loose; probably needs new top.Not emissions legal in some states -- buyer's responsibility to confirm eligibility” |
| Year: || 1976 || VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): || FM0050450U0 |
| Mileage: || 7,496 || Transmission: || Manual |
| Make: || Triumph || Body Type: || Convertible |
| Model: || Spitfire || Warranty: || Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty |
| Trim: || Custom || Vehicle Title: || Clear |
| Engine: || 1.8l DOHC || Options: || Hard top, custom dash/gauges, wheels, exhaust |
| Drive Type: || RWD || Fuel Type: || Gasoline |
| For Sale By: || Private Seller || Exterior Color: || Red |
| Drive Side: || Left-hand drive || Interior Color: || Tan |
| Not California legal: || Cannot be registered/licensed in some areas || Number of Cylinders: || 4 |