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1963 Triumph Spitfire Race Car

Posted by WindingRoad about 5 months, 2 weeks ago

This 1963 Triumph Spitfire race car was reportedly campaigned with the SCCA in Texas and California from 1976 through 1984, and it began racing with VARA in 1999. Currently finished in Anvil Gray with a Sunflower Yellow stripe, the car is powered by a 1,147cc inline-four mated to a 4-speed single-rail manual transmission. Equipment includes AutoMeter gauges, a fiberglass trunk and hood, a roll cage, and Koni dampers. The engine was refreshed prior to the 2018 VARA race season, and the car has only competed in three events since. This Spitfire racer is being offered on a bill of sale in Arizona with a few spares and logbooks covering 42 years of competition.

The safety equipment is reported to be current and to meet VARA regulations. Panasport-style wheels are painted black with polished lips and wear Hoosier R7 racing tires with three race weekends on them. New Porterfield racing brake pads are fitted in the front and have been bedded in.

The stripped interior features an OMP steering wheel with quick release, Kirkey race seat with 5-point DJ Safety harness, overhead roll cage, a fire-suppression system, kill switch, AutoMeter temperature, and pressure gauges, a large AutoMeter tach with shift light, a digital readout, and a Moroso oil-accumulator tank.

The 1.1-liter inline-four was rebuilt at the beginning of the 2018 season and features a 13:1 compression ratio, .040 over pistons, a gear-reduction starter, MSD ignition, Weber 45 sidedraft carburetor, and Stahl header. It is paired with a 4-speed single-rail manual transmission, and service and maintenance are reported to be performed after each race.

The chassis has been fitted with Koni dampers at all four corners, racing coil springs up front, racing leafs in the rear, a 1″ front anti-roll bar with adjustable helm joints, an adjustable rear radius arm with helm joints, and racing rear axles. A fuel cell is mounted in the trunk.

Logbooks are said to date from 1976 to present, and spares include extra brake fluid, a fuel pump, and spark plugs. An onboard video of the car in competition can be viewed below.

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