1979 runs and drives good, hard top

1979 Triumph Spitfire

Condition: Used
Make: Triumph
Model: Spitfire
Year: 1979
Mileage: 99,000
VIN: fm98618u
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Boone, North Carolina, United States
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Description for Triumph Spitfire 1979

Fun little car to drive, especially on our winding roads. Cranks right up even when it's been sitting for months, handles, drives, shifts, and stops great. It's quick and tight as far as handling.The car has had a lot of money already spent; complete braking system including lines, calipers, rotors, master cylinder, etc. New shocks and coil springs all around. New A arms, new suspension bushings all around. New set of tires. New clutch master, and I suspect a new clutch disc as well.I don't know what if anything has been done to the engine, other than the obvious things like a new header, new carb, and conversion to pointless ignition. It has plenty of power, doesn't smoke, doesn't overheat, and has no strange noises.
All this work was done to the car before I bought it on a whim. I drove it 40 miles home and have driven it 20 or 30 miles since. It has mostly sat in my garage, as I'm too old and stiff to get in and out of it.
All the lights work, even the turn signals. The heater works. All the gauges work as well. All glass is good, and windows roll up and down ok.
I do have the soft top frame, and all the bumper parts and covers, if wanted. I think the car looks a lot better without the huge bumpers, but that's just my opinion.
I have a clear Va. title, which doesn't require notarization.
Now for the bad stuff; the pictures make the car look a whole lot better cosmetically than it really is. The interior is shabby, the carpet ragged, dash cracked, seat padding shot, etc. The worst thing is the body. There is extensive rust, especially around the rear quarters and the area behind the seats. There is other bubbling here and there (see pic of hood). It looks like the rocker on the drivers side, as well as the passenger side floor pan, have been replaced. The drivers side floor pan has been sort of patched, but needs replacement. The differential sounds whiny to me, but maybe that's a normal sound for these cars. I could never locate the bolts that hold the hard top to the top of the windshield frame, but it seems like the side bolts hold it down ok. I'm sure it would leak like crazy in a hard rain. The car is a little too loud to suit me, but again, a matter of opinion. Drivers door is a little hard to shut and open. No radio.
Invariably when I sell an old car people want to know if they can drive it home. I don't know of any reason this car could not be driven any distance you wanted to drive it, if your butt was durable enough. If you know anything about British sports cars, you know that the small ones are basically like driving a glorified go cart....only a lot faster.
Here are my terms;This vehicle is sold as-is, where-is, with no warranty of any kind. $500.00 deposit by verified PayPal within 24 hours of an accepted offer. Balance due within 7 days, and may be by cash or bank to bank transfer. Title mailed to buyer by certified mail after payment is complete. I can keep the car for up to 30 days after full payment is made if the buyer wishes. I will be glad to work with your shipper, if you decide to go that route, and I have a pretty good place to load. If you have less than 10 or so feedback, e-mail me using the "ask a question" feature, to express your interest in the car before making an offer. If I get an offer out of the blue from someone with low or no feedback I will just decline it no matter the amount. If you have specific questions about the car, please use the "ask a question" form in the listing. I will only give out my phone number after a deal and deposit has been made.
I don't want any surprises. If you make a deal and a deposit, then get here and find that I have mis-described or just overlooked something major, then I will refund your deposit, no questions asked. This does NOT apply to cosmetic issues which are common to all old cars, or to some issue I have already disclosed in the listing description. Keep your expectations realistic please, and everybody will be happy.