Little Jaguar: ’68 Triumph Spitfire GT6
Triumph hired the Italian design firm Michelotti to design a coupe version of the Spitfire. It was to utilize the standard 4-cylinder engine. Triumph loved the design but it turned out to be too heavy for the 4-pot motor. They shelved it and gave the design to the racing division because it was more aerodynamic than the roadster. They built the racing bodies out of fiberglass to save weight. It was a success. The marketing folks went nuts and pushed for a street version. The answer was a straight 6-cylinder engine from the Vitesse saloon. The GT6 was born and it was quite a nice little package. Better in many ways than the MGC GT. It was faster and got better mileage. The only issue was the quirky swing-axle rear suspension inherited from the roadster. Today’s find is one of the better original MK I GTs we’ve ever seen. It is an original 60,000 mile car with original paint and interior in fine fettle (don’t you just love that word?). All this one needs is a good detailing and probably some sorting out. The seller seems pretty knowledgable so this one might be the one to go after. They aren’t very common even at British car meets. And one in original condition will have many admirers. Asking price is $10,500. Click here to contact the seller.