The Triumph Spitfire is a small British two-seat sports car, introduced at the London Motor Show in 1962. The car was based on a design produced for Standard-Triumph in 1957 by Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti. The Spitfire was mostly based on the chassis, the engine and the running gear of the Triumph Herald sedan, but shorter and without the punch bars of the Herald. The car was manufactured at the Standard-Triumph plant at Canley, Coventry.
The Spitfire was originally designed by Standard-Triumph to compete on the small sports car market that had started since the introduction of the Austin-Healey Sprite. The Sprite had used the basic drive of the Austin A30/A35 in a light body to create a budget sports car. The idea was to use the mechanics of the Triumph Herald to underpin the new project.
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The Italian designer Michelotti was commissioned for the new project and came up with a traditional design. In the early 1960s, however, Standard Triumph was in financial difficulties and was unable to take the new model into production. It was only when the company was taken over by the Leyland organization that funds were available and the car was released. The Spitfire was named after the fighter aircraft of the Second World War with the same name.
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