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1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500

In-Situ Restoration

Every once in a while you stumble across a real gem, and that's what this little Spitfire is! My Mum's been looking for a car of her own for a long time now, but doesn't have the desire to do major restoration work. I had always figured that she'd claim my Austin Healey 3000 when it was done, but recently she found this car for next to nothing.

While this is still considered an In-Situ restoration, you could almost consider the work we'll be doing as regular maintenance. The reason for this is simply the condition of the car. It's in great shape and what you are looking at is an unrestored car. Yes, it's had maintenance and a minor external respray, but it's still not a restoration.

Now, the previous owner did a bunch of work on the car, but not everything that really should be done. It still needs a hood (top), the interior's getting tired, and there's minor fiddly stuff that needs to be done.

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My Mum really wants something that's fun to drive around in. Doesn't have to be fast, just needs to be reliable and safe. What we'll be doing is going through and ensuring that everything is correct, refreshed where necessary, and then we may start doing some larger restoration projects such as the interior. In the meantime, however, she just wants something fun to drive!

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