From Robert M – A true “Barn Find”, this car has been sitting on blocks, under a tarp in a Dallas carport for 31 years. Originally delivered in the UK in June 1973, the car stayed in England for some years before being brought back to Texas in the late 70s. It was last registered for road use in 1985. I have been told it “ran when parked” in 1985 and had not moved from the carport until this week. This is an early FM series car with a non-emission 1500, euro bumpers, and a desirable over-drive gearbox. With 53K miles showing it is in very good condition. The only rust is some minor surface rust on the rear drivers side lower quarter panel. The floors and battery box are solid. The seat covers are in perfect condition although the foams are shot.
Rust is always the big concern when dealing in little british roadsters like this. They aren’t really valuable enough to justify extensive rust repairs, so it’s nice to know this one is solid. All the mechanical parts are available on the cheap though so it shouldn’t take more than a grand or two to get this one back on the road. Josh and I are both actually busy getting our own Spitfire roadworthy so we can confirm that statement.
Having intact seat covers will help you out though because they are not as cheap as you’d think they’d be. In the photo of the dash, the top cover appears to be uncracked so that should save you a couple hondos too. Clean everything up, change all the fluids, and you should have a fun driver here. You will want to change the thrust washers and keep an eye on the oil pressure gauge to avoid any backroad catastrophes though.
Checkout the “Overseas Visitor” sticker on the windscreen! That would be staying in place as a reminder to this car’s unique history. Spitfires can provide lot of fun for little money and this one looks like a good start. Robert is asking $3,500 for this car and you can contact him here via email if you’re interested. It’s located in Georgetown, Texas and you can view more photos here on imgur. Hopefully the next owner will keep us updated on their progress!