The March of Dimes received a bit of Florida sunshine this month with the donation of a beautiful, yellow 1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500 Coupe. Proceeds from the sale of this little gem will help fund research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies lives from premature birth and birth defects.
The Triumph 1500, originally introduced at the London Motor Show in 1962, was designed by Giovanni Michelotti for Standard-Triumph as a way to compete in the small sports car market that had recently opened around that time. This particular Spitfire model was one of five manufactured 1962-1980. The two-seat, English sports car, was the last and highest produced Spitfire model manufactured during the eight-year run with 95,829 cars hitting the showroom floor 1974-1980.
The 1980 model was the last and the heaviest of the entire run, weighing in at 1,875 lb. Base prices were $5,995 in the US.3 The last Spitfire rolled off the assembly line in August 1980, shortly before the factory closed. It was never sold and is now displayed at the British Motor Heritage museum at Gaydon.